Kick into spring on a high note at the second annual musical showcase, Spring Splash, Friday night at Camana Bay’s Festival Green.
Jamaican reggae artists Ky-Mani Marley and Diana King are headliners at the concert, which will also feature top local and regional talent, including Jamaican performers Faraji and Ke Ke, as well as homegrown artists Mr. Notch, Andy Blake, Shameka Clarke and Local Motion 345. Cayman’s popular DJs MB and TNT will also be mixing tracks.
As the son of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani shares the same tone as his father’s distinctive voice, but he has an undeniably different style, according to Spring Splash concert promoter Jean-Eric Smith of YoungBlood Productions.
“I consider it a hybrid-reggae sound. He performs a lot of Bob’s songs in his repertoire, and I think that is because he knows he sounds so characteristically like his legendary father,” says Smith. “As a fan of his music and career, I think he is the right fit for Spring Splash after Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley performed here. He is and has been consistently a dynamic performer and has a great band to boot, so I know the Cayman audience will be entertained.”
King, a reggae singer-songwriter who performs a mixture and fusion of R&B, reggae and dancehall, makes her first professional visit.
“She is a powerhouse of a singer,” says Smith, whose stage name is Mr. Notch. A reggae artist himself, Mr. Notch has been performing professionally since age 9 and promoting other artists for approximately 25 years, both locally and overseas.
“We plan to continue to bring in artists who we feel represent something positive, and who we know should have an influence in the evolution of our local musical culture,” he said, “so we invest in it. Camana Bay has done an amazing job of creating a multicultural center where people from all walks of life come together, and that is what this music and this event is all about … togetherness and one love.”
Tickets available from Funky Tang’s, J&M Electronics, Liquor 4 Less, Food 4 Less, Reflections, Le Classique and Rootz. Pre-purchased tickets are $35 general admission, $50 for bleacher seating, $75 for VIP ticket holders; $150 Ultra VIP. Tickets will be available at the gate for $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m., with King on stage at 10 p.m. and Marley at midnight.