Capella returns to belt out the hits

By Kevin Morales

18 April 2023

Man with dreads and hat singing
Capella Music Festival 2023 takes place 29 April at the Festival Green.

Remember Capella?

Of course you do.

The one-day music festival last summer provided Cayman an eclectic mix of locally grown and celebrated artists sharing the stage with Grammy Award winners and internationally renowned stars like Michael Bolton, Wyclef Jean, Beres Hammond and Charli XCX.

Now, Capella is ready for round two. The 2023 event takes place 29 April on the Festival Green and is set for another star-studded lineup. Here's a quick glance at some of the international acts expected to perform.

"Red, Red Wine," "Kingston Town," "Falling in Love with You" — you know their hits.

With more than 70 million records sold worldwide, legendary English reggae and pop band UB40 is set to hit the stage. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart and has also been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times.

Jamaican pop singer, songwriter, rapper and guitarist Koffee (born Mikayla Victoria Simpson) won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards with her 2019 debut EP, "Rapture" — a five-track release in which only two reggae tracks were included.

LeAnn Rimes
American singer, songwriter and actress LeAnn Rimes (born Margaret LeAnn Rimes) originally rose to success as a country music artist at age 13 with her 1996 hit, "Blue." Rimes has placed more than 40 singles on international charts since 1996. She has sold more than 37 million records worldwide, with 20.8 million album sales in the United States. "Billboard" ranked her number 17 in terms of sales success in the 1990–2000 decade.

Kes The Band
Kes is a Trinidadian soca group formed in 2005 and known for their unique blend of soulful vocals, calypso-inspired melodies, rock riffs and island beats, with hints of reggae. Kes was crowned King of International Soca Monarch at the 2011 International Soca Monarch competition for the hit "Wotless," which was also nominated for a BET Soul Train Music Awards for best Caribbean Performance. The band has collaborated with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Tessanne Chin, winner of Season 5 of "The Voice."

Cayman's finest
Cayman's locally grown artists will once again take the stage as well. As of press time, both Dan Ebanks and Rico Rolando have been confirmed to play. Ebanks (formerly known as Danny Loops) is a singer and guitarist who has played at various events around Camana Bay through the years. Rolando (born Rico Orrett-Ebanks) is a singer and songwriter known for his dance-pop and R&B'esque tunes.

This article will also be featured in the April 2023 print edition of Camana Bay Times.

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