Soca lovers and carnival fans are in for a special treat this year as organisers of this year’s Cable & Wireless Cayman Carnival Batabano have revealed that the acclaimed soca band Byron Lee and the Dragonaires will be the special guest artist for Batabano 2005.
‘Byron Lee and the Dragonaires are well-known to people in Cayman, but this will be their first ever performance at Cayman Carnival Batabano. We are thrilled that for the first time in the 21 year history of Cayman Carnival Batabano Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, the Caribbean’s number one band will be performing at our carnival,’ comments Donna Myrie, Chair of the Batabano Committee.
Recognising the mass appeal of the group, the organisers of Batabano have arranged for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires to play at two fetes during carnival week.
On Thursday 5 May, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires will play at the Masquerade Fete at Pedro St. James. This corporate event allows members of the business community to enjoy dinner, dancing and carnival atmosphere under the stars with a champagne reception, Caribbean buffet and headline performance by the Caribbean’s number one soca band. Corporate tables and tickets are available by calling Olivia Scott, 916-7658, Lana Cayasso, 916-4331, Donna Myrie, 916-1740 or Julie Hutton, 926-1598.
The Friday Fete on Friday 6 May promises to be one of Cayman’s premiere parties this year as Byron Lee plays to a sell-out crowd at Safe Haven. Tickets for this event start at $20 and are available from all C&W stores, Le Classique, Funky Tang’s and Reflections. Tickets will also be sold at the C&W Broadband Batabano Jet Ski Race at Royal Palms on Sunday 1 May.
VIP tickets are available for the Friday Fete at $50 each, allowing entry into a VIP area with table seating, waiter service, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and two complimentary drinks per person.
Formed in 1956, no other soca band as performed together as long as the Dragonaires. The band has become a household name to West Indian communities around the world with their international success rivalling many major bands internationally. The band first performed at the Trinidad Carnival in 1974, going on to become a regular part of the carnival and the first non-Trinidadian band to win the Downtown Carnival Committee Award in Port-of-Spain for Best Playing Band in 1989
With over 105 awards to its credit, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires continue to take the sound of Soca music all over the world, performing in 36 cities annually. The band has evolved over the years, however with the exception of a few; most members have been with the band 25 – 30 years