209 new entries received for Festival Song Competition
Ten finalists have been named for the 2022 Jamaica Festival Song Competition.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange made the announcement in a release on Friday.
“We will remember that initially, the panel selected three songs, which was not a sufficient number for a competition. After that we decided to reopen entries and we received 209 new entries during the course of a week. After reviewing all the entries, the panel has selected 10 finalists.”
Grange said she was “pleased" with the response to the reopening of entries. “We have never received so many entries in one week," she said.
The songs will now be mastered for release on social media, through the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and streaming platforms.
Grange called on broadcasters in the release “to play the songs so that the public will get to know them and be able to choose their favourite for Jamaica 60”.
The winning song will be selected following two televised shows on July 14 and 28. The song will be selected by a combination of the judges scores and telephone voting by members of the public.
There’s a prize of $3 million for the winning song to be shared among the producer, the writer and the singer.
I' m A Proud Jamaican — Magic Flute (written by Joshia Beckford and produced by David Luckain and Owen Renalls)
Nuh Weh Nice Like Yard — Sacaj (written by Danece Jacas and produced by Newell Morgan)
Diamond Jubilee — Orkid (written by Carol Panton and produced by Gladstone Wright)
Jamaica Sweet Again — Dez I Boyd (written by Desmond Boyd and produced by Carl Morris)
Jamaica Nice Again — Inspiyah (written by Lionel Bernard and produced by Dale Virgo)
Defend Jamaica — Nitty Kutchie (written and produced by Richard 'Richie' Stephenson)
Out Of Many — Nazzleman (written by Oneil Scott and Christopher Tyrell)
Sixty (Anniversary Time) — One1 (written and produced by Milton Wray)
Rock To Da Beat — Intrestt (written by Davion Bent and produced by Lloyd James King Jammy)
Bring Back The Love — Stamp (written by Rory Robert and produced by Sidney Thorpe)