Muzaic festival revs up the weekend with music, awards

Culminating with the annual Cayman Music and Entertainment Awards, this weekend’s Muzaic festival features three days of live traditional and modern music at a number of venues. 

The Cayman music and arts festival, organized by Cayman Music and Entertainment Association, features a lineup that also includes a DJ showcase and a special celebration of Aunt Julia Hydes’s birthday.  

According to Jeán-Eric Smith, event organizer and CMEA president, the festival is a creative way to raise money and honor those involved in Cayman’s music and entertainment industry.  

On Jan. 24 the party starts with a DJ Showcase at Calico Jack’s, featuring Tim Cullen, Alexi and Jeffrey James. Entrance to the event is $10 pre-paid, or $15 on the night.  

The festival continues on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Harquail Theatre with a 105th birthday celebration for Aunt Julia Hydes from 5-6:30 p.m. Local bands are set to take to the stage from 7 p.m. for a free concert. Musicians include Local Motion, Regeneration, Bona Fide, Suite Elite, Roots Connection, Loaded Peace, Inverse, I Am A Nation of Rhythm, Little Magic, Back Beat and Koralhed.  

On Sunday, local musicians will be honored at the CMEA Awards Ceremony at the Harquail Theatre, from 7 p.m. Troy Studenhoft, George Chollette, Buggs Wilson, North Side Kitchen Band, JR Douglas, Mike Galvin, Wayneroy Randall, Jeffrey Wilson, Locksley Banks, Rico Orrett-Ebanks and DJ Martino will all pick up awards. After the event, musicians will join in for a live jam session.  

“Local musicians of yesterday, today and tomorrow are recognized for their lifelong contribution over the years to the local music and entertainment scene,” Smith said. “The highest award presented, being the Icon Award, will this year honor posthumously traditional kitchen dance and gumbai band leader Duxie.  

“Duxie was legendary throughout the Cayman Islands as a fiddler, song writer, band leader and now joins the ranks of fellow band members, Aunt Julia Hydes, Radly Gourzong, Dr. Mellaneo McCoy, Dalmain Ebanks, Raymond Scott, all previous Icon and Premier Award recipients.” 


DJ Alexi


Aunt Julia Hydes


Local band Little Magic is set to perform at Saturday’s Muzaic concert at the Harquail Theatre.