This year the coveted prize of Pirates Week Song Contest winner went to a band of musical veterans referred to as Thanks and Praises, who hypnotised the audience with their tune ‘3.57am’.
The band beat out a cast of considerably younger performers, which included Gordon ‘Gideon’ Solomon, Jason Gilbert, Andrea Rivera, Burmon Scott and Jah Indian among others.
Rounding out the competition was Bona Fide, which took home the second place title with their song ‘In de Cayman Islands,’ whilst Lonny Love and Jason Gilbert came in a close third with ‘She got my love’.
The People’s Choice award was given to Ioana, who hails from Romania. She delivered as sultry ballad titled, ‘Sacrifice me’.
This year’s song competition was done slightly different than those held in the past, as people were able to log onto caycompass.com to vote online for their favourite song and performer.
Sponsors for prizes on the night included Digicel, which put up $3,000 for first place; up from $1,200; $2,000 was provided by Paramount for second place, up from $800; and JandM Electronics sponsored $1,000 for third place.
There was no third place prize in previous years.
President of the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association Jean Eric Smith said, ‘We as an association have made efforts to ensure that the musicians receive a greater reward for their efforts, as encouragement always sweetens labour.’
Rudi Ebanks of Thanks and Praises said he was honoured to be chosen as No 1 amid such a commendable pool of talent and thanked all who made the event possible.