Buju, Freddie McGregor among 2020 festival song finalists | Entertainment

Several reggae stars are among this year’s Jamaica Festival Song Competition top ten finalists.

Announcing the finalists at a launch on Wednesday, Minister of
Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange said, “this year, we can say that the competition boasts some of the big names in the entertainment industry.”

The big names among the top ten include, Grammy winning reggae artisite Buju Banton, veteran reggae singers Freddie McGregor, and Papa Michigan, Toots and the Maytals, and Nazzleman who have both won the competition several times.

Other established artistes in the top ten are reggae quartet, L.U.S.T., featuring Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody & Tony Curtis; and Rising Stars winner, Shuga.

Upcoming dancehall artistes Xtra Bigg, Radix OD, as well as the actress and television presenter, Sakina Deer, complete the top ten.

“It’s a professional competition and I’m happy that it is now generating interest
once again by people in the industry,” said Minister Grange who was emphatic
that it is now to be called the “Jamaica Festival Song Competition.”

For the past three years, Minister Grange has been leading the initiative to revitalise the Jamaica Festival Song Competition.

Minister Grange said the public will make the ultimate decision on who will be the Jamaica Festival Song winner.

“The fact that we are in a period of covid-19 when we are restricted in terms of having mass audiences and so on, we have decided to do the competition virtually — so the world is our stage on this occasion. And the winning song will be selected by the public and so I just want to say that everybody can participate,” she said. 

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), organisers of the competition, are currently finalising arrangements with telecommunications service providers on the mechanism that will enable the public to select the winning song.

“When that song is selected about mid-July, there is enough time leading up to
the Independence celebration for the song to be known, we want to hear that
song on the lips of every man, woman and child,” assereted Minister Grange.

The winning song will receive a grand prize of three million dollars, to be shared among the producer, the writers, and the singer. 

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