Jamaica Observer / SINGER/bassist Benjy Myaz is the headliner of the bi-monthly series, Jazz ‘n’ Cabaret in the Gardens, scheduled for Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston this evening. Showtime is 6:00 pm. Myaz gave a peek into what patrons should expect from his set.

“My performance will be more an eclectic-kind mix — fusion, electronic music,” he told Jamaica Observer. “My love for music drives my creativity.”

Maria Myrie, Tanice Morrison, Andre Shepherd, Davel Thompson, D’Suave, Leonardo Carmichael, Rojjah and Chris Tyrell and Friends are also on the bill.

Myaz said he is currently in the studio working on his latest project.

“We are working on an EP to come out by the end of August. Just been back from the US east coast. The launch of the EP – Rootsy Rhapsody is intended to be a listening party, like a media launch, and we plan to do it [the launch] in many different cities,” he said.

The musician, who recently returned from three months tour of the US east coast, said he is also dealing with some challenges.

“A whole lot of changes (I’m going through), family and otherwise. I have been spending a lot of time in Hanover with my old man and my mother, who is sick. They both are in their 90s; my father is 91 and my mom is 93,” he said.

Myaz (born Benjamin Myers) got his start playing bass in north coast bands. He cut his teeth as a musician touring with Toots and The Maytals and Jimmy Cliff before his breakthrough as a vocalist with Love You Higher, a cover of Randy Crawford’s 1986 single Higher Than Anyone Can Count.

His other songs include Time, Lover’s Paradise and Show Your Love.

— Basil Walters


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