It’s Festival time again in Jamaica.The annual song competition that launched the career of some of Jamaica’s top artists such as Toots and The Maytals,Desmond Dekker,Eric Donaldson,Hopeton Lewis,Roy Rayon,The Legend Bob Marley was also an entrant in one of the early festival comp.
Since the inception of the Competition there have been several changes, including a name change, with the Competition being re-structured and re-branded as the Jamaica Popular Song Competition, just after 2003. There have also been several changes in the emphasis, structure and focus of the Competition.
The Competition aims to identify a new and original song that is reflective of the spirit of the Jamaican people and to provide a musical back drop for this year’s celebration of Jamaica Festival.
The top ten finalists in the 2015 Jamaica Festival Song Competition were selected from the 37 competitors at the semi-final held recently at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.
The semi-finalists gave a captivating performance ensuring that they secure one of the top ten spots. They will now compete for a chance to have their entry song form the musical backdrop for this year’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations. The top 10 includes 2 females, one who is visually-impaired.
According to David Reid, the Festival Song Coordinator “over 80 entries were received from across the island and were narrowed down to 37 from which the top ten were selected”. He further stated that the competition received some good entries this year that he thinks members of the public will appreciate them.
The national final for this competition is slated for later this year, ahead of the 2015 Emancipation and Independence Celebrations.