Bermudian dancehall and reggae artist, Collie Buddz, is scheduled to appear in concert tonight.
The Total Togetherness Concert, at the Mango Tree, marks the opening of the eighth annual East End Surf Challenge, which includes a variety of events over the forthcoming long weekend. The challenge, organised by Shane Edwards of non-profit organisation Team Two Frenzied, culminates on Hero’s Day, Monday, 28 January, with the white-knuckle jet-ski race round the East End channel. The race is supported by a variety of entertainment on dry land at the East End Heritage Field.
New Orleans born Collie Buddz, will be supported on stage by Dawg E. Slaughter and popular DJs Selecta Renegade, Miami based Eternal Vybes, and DJ Excalibur from Trinidad.
Colin Harper – a.k.a Collie Buddz – was born in 1981. His versatile voice sits with equal comfort over the jump-up pace of reggae, soca, hip-hop beats or an achingly slow one drop. Dancehall stars, such as Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Buju Banton served as primary influences for the growing star. Following his achievement of garnering a degree in audio engineering in Florida, the soon-to-be star established his own Bermudian studio, jointly run with his older brother. Building riddims for other artists expanded his love for writing and voicing his own lyrics and he quickly branched out, carving out a solo career. The artist is best known for his 2007 hit Come Around, which became the number one reggae hit in Canada. Other hits include Blind To You, which reached number three on the BBC 1Xtra Dancehall Charts in the UK and Tomorrow’s Another Day. The artist recently performed at Summerjam – one of the largest reggae festivals in Europe – alongside such stars as Sizzla and Sean Paul.
Commenting on the concert, Mr. Edwards said it will be an exciting event to mark the beginning of the action-packed surf challenge.
‘Collie Buddz and Dawg E. Slaughter are really popular right now, and together offer a great mix of soca and contemporary reggae.’
Doors open at 8.30pm, show time is 9pm to 2am. Tickets are $25 in advance, available from Funky Tangs, Reflections, Mango Tree and Team 2 Frenzied members, $35 at the gate. VIP tickets are $50, available from TTF members only (939-0902) and include food, drink, and the opportunity to meet Collie Buddz.
TEAM TWO FRENZIED
Team Two Frenzied is a non-profit organisation which originated form Cayman’s Eastern districts. The main goal of the club is to promote all types of watercraft racing, and in turn, provide financial support to local communities in the form of scholarship grants and financial aid to senior citizens. TTF was started by a group of close friends, but has since grown to include members from as far away as Canada.
Friday, 25 January
Total Togetherness Concert at Mango Tree, George Town.
Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 January
Captain Leroys Watsons Sailing Regatta. Race time is 1pm at the beach by Vivine’s Kitchen, East End. Contact the Sailing Club for further details.
Monday, 28 January
Jet Ski race and Fish Tea Cook-off. Race time is 12pm sharp. Fish Tea Cook-off judging at 4pm. Entertainment at the East End Heritage Field throughout the day, including performances by Jason Gilbert, aka J.G., Dawg E. Slaughter, DJ Renaissance, Renegade, Eternal Vibes and Excalibur.