Muzaic fest hands out awards

The Cayman Music and Entertainment Muzaic’s third annual Muzaic Music Festival and awards ceremony kicks off on Sunday, 26 December at the Harquail Theatre at 7pm. The free event will be an opportunity for the public to come out and pay homage to their fellow countrymen and women who continue to set high standards in the arts.

“It’s the time that we honour our peers in music and show some appreciation for their hard work in establishing and maintaining the forward push while building on the foundation of the past,” said CMEA President Jean Eric Smith.

This year the Icon Award recipient is Radley Gorzoung. Past recipients of the award include Aunt Julia Hydes and Eddy Scott. Mr. Smith said this was in keeping with the thrust of the Cayman National and Cultural Foundation and the revival of the kitchen dance and the music of that era.

Awards will also be given to those who have contributed over 30 years of service to the music industry in the Cayman Islands. These include Pappi Connolly, Melvin Augustine, Edlyn Myles, Henry Leslie, Fran McKonvy, Richard Terry and Philip Smiley Bodden. A special award will be given to lawyer Steve McField for his pro bono work for the CMEA since its inception in 1981.

For regional success, musician Jeffery Seymour – also known as Big J – will receive an award, while international success honours will go to ThE iZ, who have blazed a trail internationally this year.

Young Musician of the year will go to Yanik Powell for his contribution to the music industry in Cayman on the saxophone and with his band Bona Fide.

The Premier’s award, which was first handed out at last year’s Cayman Jazz Fest, will also be given on
the night.

This will go to Barefoot Man and Andy Martin for the work they have done in the field of music over the years.

Entertainment on the evening will be provided by Natasha Kozaily, Cayman Son, Absolut Joy and many others.

At midnight Sunday there will be a dance at Pedro Castle, which will run until 4am, featuring five DJs from the ranks of the CMEA.

On 27 December, which is the Monday following Sunday’s awards and dance, there will be a whole roster of local musicians playing live at Pedro Castle from 4pm to 2am. $10 will cover both the dance the night before and the musical performances on 27 December.

Artists who will entertain include Los Tropicanos, Bona Fide, Madam Speaker, Notch, Stuart Wilson and Love Culture, Gary Ebanks, Local Motion, and the
Regeneration Band.


CMEA President Jean Eric Smith. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED

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