Muzaic Festival set for summer

The Cayman Music and Entertainment Association will be hosting its annual Muzaic Festival on 29 June at Calico Jacks on Seven Mile Beach. 

This marks the fifth year for the Muzaic Festival, for which the name is a play on words alluding to the vast spectrum of musical happenings that have come to be a staple of the event. This time is no different, with everything from awards being given to bands such as Bonafide, Local Motion 345, BackBeat, the Regeneration Band, Suite Elite, Impulzz and Roots Connection. 

The schedule for events on the weekend is as follows:  

The Muzaic Festival will get under way on Friday, 29 June with bands playing back to back throughout the evening. Admission is $10. 

On Saturday, 30 June, the musicians showcase runs from 1 to 5pm. This event is free.  

The DJ Showcase kicks off at 4pm and runs to midnight at Calico Jacks. The event is featuring DJ Dominique, DJ Ralph, DJ Alec, Super C and Don one. Admission is $10.  

On Sunday, 1 July, the award ceremony will be held at the Harquail Theatre and runs from 7 to 11pm. Admission is $25.  

On Monday, 2 July, the event will feature a boat cruise with music from CMEA DJs. 

The awards segment of this year’s Muzaic Festival will feature awards for video, song and album of the year, as well as the Icon Award, which will go to Dalmain Ebanks. Performances on the night will include Swanky Kitchen Band, Gordon Solomon, Edward Solomon and Mainstream and Gary Ebanks and Intransit.  

“This year, we are hoping that everyone in the music community embraces the Muzaic weekend as their festival, as that national pride will translate to the kind of recognition, respect and esteem that all of us as musicians deserve among ourselves, as well as near and far,” said CMEA President Jean-Eric Smith.  

Past icons to be honoured during the Muzaic Festival include Aunt Julia Hydes, Eddy Scott, Dr. Melano McCoy and Radley Gurzong. 

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