Longtime Cayman musician Edward Solomon will be honored at the annual Muzaic Music and Arts Festival this weekend. The festival, organized by the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association and held at various venues around the island Friday through Monday, will also highlight young musicians, bands and DJs.
Each year, an Icon Award is given to an individual who has significantly advanced the development of music and culture in Cayman.
Solomon, who has been involved in music from the early 1960s, was a founding member of the Mashiannes with Teacher McField, and the Humble and the Meek, which he formed with Leonard Bodden, Junior Jennings, Richard Ebanks and Vivian Paddyfoot. He has also performed with Quality Sounds Music For All and has been performing with his band Mainstream for more than 25 years. Solomon is also a successful businessman and a pioneer in the fashion business with his clothing store Arabus, which he has operated for 46 years.
Previous recipients of the Icon Award are Aunt Julia Hydes, Eddie Scott, Radley Gourzong, Dr. Melano McCoy, Dalmain Ebanks, Duxie Ebanks, and Alan “Bunny” Myles.
In addition to the Icon Award, one of the most significant awards this year goes to Sarah McTaggart and her group Transviolet for international success. Ms. McTaggart is the first Caymanian to sign a recording deal with a major label in the U.S. Other local musicians will also receive awards.
More about Muzaic
The name Muzaic is a play on words to mean the bringing of different aspects and genres of music and art together to form one vibrant, unique piece of work.
The festival started in 2008 as a way of honoring musicians and entertainers who had contributed many years of service to building the local music industry.
The Cayman Music and Entertainment Association would like to see the inclusion of iconic Caymanian musicians in school curriculums, when discussing Cayman’s history and music. In this way, the names of Aunt Julia, Mr. Radley, Eddie Scott and Duxsie will not just be names loosely associated with music, but will have some strong and lasting significance in the education of Caymanian children, the association notes.
“The historical development of music in the Caymanian culture should be taught in every school,” said Spencer Merren of the CMEA.
Another aspect of Muzaic is to bring more awareness to its members, the public and to the government and other stakeholders of the importance of music and art in education, culture, tourism and to the islands’ entertainment product.
Schedule of Events
DJs Showcase at Sky Lounge
Friday, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.
More than 15 DJs will spin their hottest hits at the Sky Lounge on Mary Street until the wee hours, so come ready to dance the night away on the rooftop.
Young Musicians Showcase at the Harquail Theatre
Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
Featuring John Gray steel and swing bands, Capo Fitz and Nick, Sarah Pierson, Kid Genius, Erica Assai, Ashley Ebanks and others. This event, hosted By Timea Ebanks and Trey Dilbert of Youth Flex, will feature some of the best young musicians on the island. The public is encouraged to come out and support them.
Bands Showcase at Mango Tree
Saturday, 6 p.m. to midnight
The Neverines, Kalveries, Back Beat, Clever Knots, and Bona Fide perform at Mango Tree, playing a wide variety of music to suit all tastes.
Awards Ceremony at The Harquail Theatre
Sunday, 7-10 p.m.
Hosted by that master on the microphone, Quincy Brown, the awards ceremony will recognize local artists who have contributed to the music industry here and abroad.
Awardees: Icon – Edward Solomon; Long Service – Robert Don Foster, Chuck Quappe, Brent McLean, Renwick Conolly, Mark Ebanks; International Success – Sarah McTaggart; Club DJ of the Year – DJ Neil Sam; Radio DJ of the Year (Jazzy B Award) – Operator; TNT Young Musician of the Year – Joel Durksen.
After-party at Whiskey Mist and Lillie’s until midnight
This is a great opportunity to mingle with other artists in a social atmosphere.
Musical Tribute for all government uniform branches (Fire, Customs, Immigration, Police, Prisons) at The Station Bar
Monday, 2-11 p.m.
Hi Tide, Blake Hurlston and Cayman Son, Rennie Conolly, Morvin Brooks, and Lammie will entertain with their talented chops all afternoon and into the night.
For more information, see the CMEA Facebook page under Cayman Music and Entertainment Association.