The public is in for a musical treat from Jan. 20-23 as Cayman’s best musicians and entertainers will be showcased as part of the 9th annual Muzaic festival, organized by Cayman Music & Entertainment Association.
The CMEA Icon Award will be presented at the awards ceremony, recognizing “someone who has contributed over 40 years to the entertainment industry in traditional music, performing, recording or education and has gone beyond the norm to promote the ideals of the industry,” explains CMEA’s Spencer Merren. Previous recipients include Aunt Julia Hydes, Mr. Radley Gourzong and Mr. Edward Solomon. This year’s recipient is Lammie Seymour, who counts it as a “privilege and an honor” to receive the award.
Mr. Seymour has been a constant feature of the local music scene for 50 years. He appeared in the band The Soul Revivals in 1968, playing bass guitar, and his talent also led to his post as lead singer of Memory of Justice whose album “Me and My Crew” topped the Caribbean charts in the early ‘80s.
Mr. Seymour says, “I look at my whole career as a highlight because I enjoy what I do. Having the opportunity to work with some of the greatest musicians in Cayman and internationally, as well as being a solo act, has allowed me to grow as a musician.”
Mr. Merren adds, “Lammie has been performing consistently with numerous bands from the early ‘60s and is idolized as one of the island’s best all-round musicians of all time. He has been involved in writing, producing and recording … and created his own one man show. He is a consummate role model for all musicians.”
Importance of Muzaic
Mr. Merren feels Muzaic allows the public to enjoy the full gamut of entertainment on offer in Cayman and says, “Muzaic is a festival by musicians who seek to recognize their peers in the hopes of encouraging them to continue to make music and spread joy and love through their art.”