Reggae music, Cayman-style, is being represented in Santiago, Cuba, by local band Local Motion 345 at Cubadisco 2011 through 15 May.
The band is being sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association, Cayman Airways, APS Ltd and the Department of Tourism.
The Cubadisco annual music fair celebrates the musicianship of the Cuban people, in addition to recognising members of the Cuban music industry. The month-long celebration is put on by the Cuban Institute of Music and Permanent Committee of the International Fair.
According to the website www.cubadisco.soycubano.com, the event highlights artists and personalities with a distinguished creative work within the Cuban music industry.
Cubadisco 2011 will also host specialised conferences, expositions, colloquiums, concerts and CD launches. The fair includes a wide musical programme at different theatres and salons, with the participation of many Cuban regional and international groups and singers.
Band leader of Local Motion, Jean Eric “Notch” Smith, says, “I am elated that our band has been invited this year.”
Smith, who is also the president of the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association, added, “This will be great exposure for one of Cayman’s top bands and also a learning experience for the Association, a lesson in how we can further develop our own arts and music festival, [Muzaic], which is slated for 1,2,3, and 4 July.”
Cayman has been represented at Cubadisco in the past through an initiative of the CMEA that began six years ago. Jazz-infused ensemble Intransit performed there in 2005.
“The CMEA now wishes to follow up on this initiative and intends to make this an annual event on the local music calendar, sending CMEA bands each year to represent our Islands.
One idea is to send to Cuba winners of the yearly Battle of the Bands, which has also been revised on the local music calendar and is slated for 26 December, Smith says.