Grange announces Jamaica Festival Song finalists

Kingston, 29 June 2021 – The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission has completed the process of selecting the finalists for the Jamaica Festival Song Competition for 2021.

The selection panel, led by Chief Judge Donovan Germain, has selected 12 finalists, instead of the customary 10, for the professional competition which is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, said "the 12 finalists represent a wide cross-section of genres that will appeal to a wide audience. We want the winning song to be on the lips of every man, woman and child this Independence and beyond.”

The 12 finalists for the 2021 Jamaica Festival Song Competition are:

Title Voting # Stage Name Writer Producer
Birthday Bash JA 876-444-7701 Candy

Kimiela Isaacs

Sedonia Thorpe

Celebration (wet sugar)

876-444-7702

Pessoa

Everton Pessoa/ Ewan Simpson/ Brinton Haughton/ Daniel Thompson/ Dean Fraser/ Luewin Thomas

Ewan Simpson

Jamaica Nice

876-444-7703

Althea Hewitt

Althea Hewitt

Anthony Senior

Jamaican Talawah

876-444-7704

Father Reece

Lloyd Reece

Sedonia Thorpe

Jamaican Spirit

876-444-7705

Stacious

Stacy Scarlett Bryan

Stacy Bryan/ Mathew Gentles/ Patrick Wheatle

Jah Mek Yah

876-444-7706

Lutan Fyah

Ernie Wilks

Ernie Wilks

Land We Love

876-444-7707

I-Octane

Byiome Muir (I- Octane/ )/ Carl Bartley (DJ Barkley)

Conquer the Globe Productions/ Barkley Production

Love Jamaica My Land

876-444-7708

DB

Marjorie Walters

Sylvester Gordon

Real Talk (Jamrock)

876-444-7709

Tamo J

Dwight Allen

Dwight Allen

Rumba Box

 876-444-7710  Dez- I Boyd  Desmond Boyd

Otis Milton

Sweet Jamaica

 876-444-7711  Reggae Maxx

Errol Graham/ Paul McLearn

 Shane Brown

Unwind

 876-444-7712

Fab 5

 Grub Cooper  Grub Cooper

 

Minister Grange said she was “very pleased that so many outstanding performers, writers and producers have entered the Jamaica Festival Song Competition this year; and that three women were among the finalists.” She said the growing interest in the competition was the result of “a deliberate and strategic initiative to revitalise the annual Jamaica Festival”.

The chairman of the Jamaica Festival Song committee of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Orville Hill, said “this group of finalists represents a great mix of emerging and experienced talent that will be on display for the Jamaican people.”

The Jamaica Festival Song Competition is the only professional competition staged as part of Jamaica Festival.

The top 12 songs in this year’s competition will be available for purchase and streaming on 30 digital platforms across the world.

The winning song will receive a prize of three million dollars to be shared among the producer, the writer and the singer. Other prizes will be announced.

Again, the public will be asked to select the winning song through telephone voting. Each finalist has been assigned a voting line on the Digicel network, however Flow customers will be able to vote as well. Voting will begin on July 5.

In the absence of island-wide road shows, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has engaged national radio and television stations as well as social media to bring the finalists and their entries to the public. TVJ will broadcast two virtual shows with the finalists on July 15 and 22.

The Jamaica Festival Song Competition is sponsored by the CHASE Fund, Digicel and the Jamaica Biscuit Company.

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Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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