Muzaic Festival this weekend

The Cayman Music and Entertainment Association launched its 2009 Muzaic festival last night with a welcome party for headlining band Third World and performer Collie Buddz at the Treasure Island Lobby Bar.

Third World has been performing reggae music for more than 40 years. Movie clips of vintage Third World performances and CDs of the band’s music were available at the party last night.

Also launching the Festival last night was an invitation-only grand opening of the Live art exhibit at the Harquail Theatre.

The exhibit will continue throughout the festival this weekend and features images of Caymanian musicians and bands as depicted by some of Cayman’s artists, including Gordon Solomon, Randy Chollette, Miguel Powery, Chris Christian and Luis Molina. See Get Out for exhibition opening times.

Tonight is the grand kick-off for the Festival with a concert at the Royal Watler cruise terminal featuring Third World and Collie Buddz, the Grammy-winning artist from Bermuda. Local talents Mr. Notch, Local Motion 345, Impulz band, ReGeneration Band and Vanguard will also take the stage.

On Sunday night, the main event of the Festival will take place as local musicians are honoured in the Muzaic red carpet awards ceremony.

The event starts at 7pm at the Harquail Theatre and will present awards for long service (more than 40 years of consistent performance as an entertainer), icon award (for more than 80 years of consistent performance), international success and service award, regional success award, young artist award, radio DJ award and an award to the longest active band.

Last year’s recipients included Julia Hydes for the icon award and local musicians such as Edward Solomon, Leonard Bodden and Bunny Myles were awarded for their length of service. Tickets are available to attend the award ceremony and cost $25.

Spencer Merren, treasurer of Cayman Islands Online Booking and Entertainment Services, who are co-producing the event with the Music Association, is happy with the direction the event is taking.

‘It should not only showcase the talents of local musicians and honour the efforts of the many people who have contributed over the years, but also raise the awareness of the importance of music and art in Cayman as it relates to education, culture and tourism and not just entertainment,’ Mr. Merren said.

He has high hopes for the event. ‘I envisage this becoming a premier international event in the Cayman Islands in the next five years,’ he said.

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