Cayfest’s Culture Jam is a hit

Gardenia Court
at Camana Bay came alive during Cayfest’s Culture Jam, an impressive line-up of
artistic performances from across Cayman on Friday, 9 April.

The open mic event, which stared at
8pm was helped by the support of Camana Bay, Books & Books and Hopscotch
Studios, was marked by a good turnout of both performers and audience members.
Up to 150 people attended the open air jam session in the beautifully
landscaped setting.

Organised by the Cayman National
Cultural Foundation, the free event was a “smorgasbord of cultural dynamics,”
according to Lorna Bush CNCF’s marketing manager.

Culture Jam
was one of many events being staged as part of the 16th annual
Cayfest. The evening was one of the most one of the best received events of
this year’s packed programme on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

An outstanding
performance by Harmony Scott, accompanied by Natasha Kozaily, on the piano,
left the audience in no doubt, whatsoever, that local music can and will
continue to develop and thrive in many genres.

Kate Allenger
on violin and Sue Horrocks on flute delivered a very polished performance,
which has become the standard in the industry. 

Scheduled
performances by Shameeka Clarke, Gordon and Alta Solomon, Derri Lee, Twyla
Vargas & Trilby Lingard, Sarah McTaggart, the Floets, Prudence Kevin and
Damian, all contributed to what one attendee described as “an absolutely
fantastic evening which demonstrated just how much talent we have on this
Island”.

An impromptu
rendition by Steve McTaggart had the audience in stitches with his skit Miss
Ava, followed in true style with his rendition of a Caymanian folk song Come
Back Home to my Shores.

The versatile
and dynamic Just P displayed what an effective means of expression floetry has
become.

Drummers Randy
Chollette, Eden Hurlston, Kirk Rowe and Damien Thaxter seemed to take the art
of drumming to a new level and the audience begged for more. The quartet
obliged and fingers flew and palms beat in a frenetic display of drumming,
which was appreciated by the audience. 

Isadora and
Renard from Bonafide closed out the evening with the audience being invited to
sing along or just simply ‘jam’ with the music.

Oscar
Calidonio, who participated in Culture Jam, said:  “It thrill[ed] people’s
hearts to see Caymanians taking part at th[e] open mic event. I sang my own
song that I wrote about the Cayman Islands’ violence called Time to Celebrate Together.

“I never saw a event that had so
many enthusiastic people [involved in it]. 
I have to congratulate the show’s organisers.

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Steve McTaggart gives an impromptu rendition of his skit Miss Ava, much to audience’s delight
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