Ce'Cile lights up Chetumal
Veteran reggae and dancehall recording artiste Ce'Cile was among several Jamaican acts playing reggae ambassador this past weekend in Mexico, as she provided old and new fans with a taste of her particular Brand Jamaican entertainment at Reggae Fest in Chetumal.
Her performance was made even more special, she said, because of the unveiling of a statue of reggae legend Bob Marley. It was all part of a ceremony during which a cultural memorandum of understanding was signed between Kingston and Chetumal, symbolising a commitment between the cities to work towards the development and enhancement of their cultural and creative industries.
Ce'Cile performed on the second day of the three-day festival that ran from September 9-11 and featured Ky-Mani Marley and Inner Circle, Delroy 'Wormbass' Nevin, Gondwana from Chile, Mexican performer Ganja and Tanya Carter from Belize.
She delivered fan favourites When You're Gone, Home Tonight, If You, Waiting, and an acoustic version of Money Love from her new album Diary of a Journey.
"It was my first time (performing in Mexico) and the experience was cool," she told THE STAR. "A lot of fans drove over from Belize, so even though it was my first time, it was also very familiar."
Ce'Cile said she saw the performance as another opportunity to broaden her international reach. "It's all about opening new markets," she explained. "I don't think we get mainstream plays over there in Mexico like most places, so no matter how long you have been, at it it's still all about getting new fans to fall in love with you."
She said she was especially pleased about the unveiling of the Bob Marley statue that was attended by Jamaica's Minister of Culture Olivia Grange. "I was so proud of that," she said.