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British High Commission stages song competition

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Last year's winner TamoJ.

The British High Commission in Jamaica will stage its second 'Songs of the UK in JA' competition to unearth new talent.

The competition invites Jamaicans 18 years and over to enter, performing a song by a UK artiste or group. The submission of entries to the competition opens on Friday, January 18, and closes on Monday, January 28.

British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad said: "Jamaica has a lot of musical talent. We want to see a new generation of Jamaican singers achieving success and recognition."

Music producer Mikey Bennett, who will be a judge for the second time, said that the competition provides an opportunity for talented local singers to be discovered and showcased.

"I am looking forward to spotting which talented Jamaican singer will be discovered through this year's competition. So if you have a passion for singing, this is your opportunity to display your talent."


Solo acts and duos


The contest is open to solo performers and duos persons. Entries will be accepted via a video submission.

Videos that make the first round of judging will be uploaded to the social media pages of the high commission and the JN Group, with members of the public invited to vote for the top videos from January 29 to February 4, 2019.

Following the voting, the eight performers with the highest number of votes will move on to the third round, and two wild-card entrants will also be selected.

The panel of judges will select the top five entrants, who will perform live at the finals, to be held at the UK Jamaica Fair, on February 9. The winner will be awarded a ticket for two to London courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Last year's winner, Dwight-Christopher Allen, known as "Tamo J," won from a field of 27 entrants.

Last year, the high commission held the inaugural song competition, which was designed to tap into the musical creativity of Jamaicans and to strengthen the cultural links between the UK and Jamaica.