Mogul Entertainment has set itself a big goal: to bring multiple international artists to Cayman’s stage for one unforgettable night.
On Dec. 9 at Safehaven, no less than Ky-mani Marley, Avant, Yazz The Greatest, Kayla Brianna, dancehall star Jahmiel and Vershon will star in Cayman Winter Fest, slated to be arguably one of the biggest concerts of the year. It all begins at 7 p.m. and goes to 4 a.m.
Whether you’ve heard the name or not, you’ve probably attended a Mogul Entertainment event in the last 15 years. A company founded in 2001 by Dwayne “John John” Seymour, Mogul has brought reggae, rap, soca, reggaeton and rhythm and blues musicians to the islands, along with stand-up comedy acts and comedy productions.
“In 2016 we intend to revive the ‘Jazz Festival’ spirit in Cayman by hosting notable international artists alongside local and regional talents,” says Seymour. “Great food and entertainment is what it’s all about!”
Ky-mani Marley is the second youngest of Bob Marley’s 11 children and is an artist with no limits. Incorporating world music, hip hop, blues, rock and a grass roots sound into his music, the end product is the pure representation of life for Ky-mani. The Ky-mani Marley sound is one that transcends cultural lines and prohibits him from being categorized as only a reggae artist.
Avant is a name that has been used in the context of being original or innovative, but the singer/songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio, has transformed the word into a powerhouse brand. Since breaking out on the music scene with his first platinum hit singles, “Separated” and “My First Love,” he has been on a nonstop journey, releasing seven albums in the last 15 years.
His new album is titled “The VIII.”
Yazz The Greatest
Bryshere Y. Gray, aka rapper Yazz, plays the role of Hakeem Lyon in the hit FBC Series “Empire” opposite Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Hakeem is the youngest and favorite son who is a charming, charismatic and up-and-coming rap star.
“Empire” is written by Danny Strong, directed by Lee Daniels, and produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment.
According to website celebritytoob.com: Kayla Brianna is someone you might recognize by her face more so than her name, but that’s all about to change. The R&B singer is a gold mine of talent, and she’s making waves in Hollywood. She’s been in the game since 2012, but it seems that she’s finally about to break through as an everyday name thanks to her talent and the fact that her fans are talking about her now more than ever before.
Jamiel Foster, who started out as Culture Jamiel and is now known as simply “Jahmiel,” is a rising star. His career began blooming as he recorded with labels such as Young Vibez, T.J Records, Brit Jams, U.I.M Records and Head Concussion Records.
Jahmiel can be heard ripping the airwaves with songs such as “Mi nuh mudera” and “New year ya,” both produced by Young Vibez Production.
Kemar Vershawn Brown is from Cockburn Pen in Kingston, Jamaica. Under his stage name of Vershon, he recently released two singles, one titled “Open Relationship” and a song titled “Boom” on Chris Birch’s Tunova rhythm, both while continuing to work on a number of other projects.
As a songwriter, Vershon writes all his music and draws inspiration from his personal experiences and those of others close to him. As an avid musician, Vershon also plays the keyboard and hopes to one day learn to play more instruments as he continues to perfect his craft.
Tickets for Winter Fest are $50 for general admission and $150 for VIP. They are available at Funky Tangs, Reflections, BlackBeard’s and The Partyville.