Reggae artist offers insight into world of music

| 01/06/2010

(CNS): Chalice band leader and guitarist Wayne Armond was passing on some tips to some of Cayman’s young budding musicians recently at special workshop with George Hicks and John Gray high school students. In the Cayman Islands to headline a concert last month Armond agreed to do the workshop arranged by the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association. Armond has been with the reggae band Chalice which ahs enjoyed a number of international hits since the band was formed in the early 1980s.

Even though years 9 through 11 students were busy taking and preparing for their exams, a GIS release revealed, they were more than eager to take a break and pick his brain about all things musical. Foremost on their minds was advice on how to start and successfully maintain a band. He told them the key ingredients were respect, discipline, friendship and chemistry, but these must be underpinned by a solid educational foundation. This he said they’d need to manage the business side of their music careers. 

Armond was also able to help each of the students with advice on composition which forms part of their final music exams. He urged the students to find their musical niche and to be themselves when arranging their original pieces.
Taking them on a journey through Caribbean musical history, he told them of reggae music’s evolution from its earliest forms, ska and rock-steady. He encouraged them noting that, even though it is a small region, the Caribbean has introduced the most recent musical instrument and genre to the world through the steel pan and reggae. 
Wayne Armond has been a member of the international reggae band Chalice since its inception in the early 1980s. Since then Chalice has had numerous hit singles including Still Love You, Good to Be There, I’m Trying and Dangerous Disturbances.
The group has also won peer accolades including the Jamaica Music Industry’s JAMI Award. While here the group also received the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association’s Regional Recognition Award, which is presented to Caribbean musicians and bands that have inspired local artists and influenced the Caribbean sound.


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