CMEA members offer hope for Haiti

Stuart Wilson

The Cayman Music and Entertainment
Association in association with Roteract Blue and Lean on Me foundation are
presenting a night of entertainment called “Hope for Haiti”.

The event will take place Tuesday at
the Oasis Bar in the Grand Pavilion complex on the West Bay Road and features
some of the hottest acts on Island.

Some of these include the George
Hicks Swing Band, Absolute Joy, Swanky, Thanks and Praises, Suite Elite, Impulz,
Red, White and Blues, the Regeneration Band, Local Motion and Bona Fide.

Organisers of the event say the
show will start promptly at 5pm and continue until 3am in the morning, thanks
to an extension granted by the Cayman Islands Liquor Licensing Board.

 President of the Cayman Islands Music and
Entertainment Board Jean Eric Smith commented on the event: “It is important
that people don’t wean in their support for the victims of this disaster and
continue to keep the relief efforts consistent and substantive.”

Mr. Smith also explained that many
of the CMEA members also gathered at Hopscotch Studios on Saturday, 6 February,
to record a song titled “Keep the Faith”.

He added that the tune, which was
written by Brent McLean, was delivered by him, the Barefoot Man, KK Alysse and
Pam Burgess.

Proceeds from sale of the song,
which is tentatively slated to be performed at the Hope for Haiti concert will
also benefit the drive for relief funds.

With over 20 bands scheduled to
play on the night, those involved in the event’s planning say there is
something for everyone, as everything from blues, to reggae, to swing will be
on tap across the Cayman Islands.

Suite Elite Band Leader Pam Burgess
commented, “The Music Association has excelled at planning 11 hours of live
music and making sure the entertainment line up offers something for everyone.
The small admission fee of $10 is very little to ask to witness an event of
such magnitude.”