Homegrown Musician Mikhail Campbell was presented with a CI$5000 cheque by the Cayman Islands Government Minister for Culture Dwayne Seymour, along with the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association President Jean-Eric Smith on Friday, 14th February.
The Musician, who performs under the alias ‘Matrix’ received the funds for his first place finish in the National Song Competition held during Pirates Week 2019.
Sixteen participants contested for the top prize in the Competition; vying for CI$10,000 in prize money.
Second place received CI$3,000 and Third place was awarded CI$2,000.
Mikhail Campbell won the top place prize for his song “Everyone a Danca”, whilst Andy Blake, walked away with second place honors for hist original composition entitled, “Enchanted - Sweet Sweet Cayman”.
Caymanian Recording Artist Stuart Wilson tied with up and comers Kadence Miller Ebanks & Tayanna Samuels; also known as ‘Pinkie and Onezie' for third place, with the songs, ‘Oh Cayman Islands” and “It’s Pirates Week,” respectively.
“The song contest had been discontinued for some time but we were able to resurrect it in the past two years with the help up the Ministry of Culture.
“This administration has been very supportive of the Arts and not only did we briNG the competition back for the second year but we were also able to raise the total prize money from CI$5,000 to $CI10,000 to split between the winners,” noted CMEA President Jean-Eric Smith.