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'Nation on a Mission' misunderstood - Secretariat

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE JAMAICA 50 Secretariat has said the release of the recent theme song, Nation on a Mission, has been misunderstood by the Jamaican public.

In a release yesterday, the Secretariat said it was aware that the "synchronised national airplay" could have created some misunderstanding in the minds of members of the public.

"We invite all Jamaicans to share in the pride and joy of our 50th celebrations by playing and enjoying the appropriate song or songs of their choice."

The Secretariat said: "It does not intend to, or designate an official or national Jamaica 50 song, having received several excellent compilations from many of our talented artistes and musicians both locally and in the diaspora, to support different messages."

It said the Government takes very seriously and respects the musical talent of Jamaicans.

It noted that many of these songs have already been in the public domain and were released for airplay and for the enjoyment of the public.

However, the statement said the position was communicated to the opposition spokesperson on culture, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna in a recent meeting.

It said the opposition spokesperson was advised that several songs, including Fly the Flag produced by Michael Bennett, would be designated as "proudly celebrating Jamaica 50", as a part of the celebrations, to embrace an all-inclusive approach to our rich musical heritage.

The Jamaica 50 Secretariat and the Ministry of Youth and Culture have also said it was mindful that the annual Jamaica Festival Song Competition, the traditional and time-honoured vehicle for choosing a song to celebrate the country's Independence each year, has not yet been completed.