Since 1966, the Jamaica Festival Song Competition has been cemented in the landscape of Jamaican Music Culture and today is the longest running original song contest in the island. The Competition has become a showground for aspiring artistes, songwriters and producers to showcase their talents and aims to identify a new and original song that is reflective of the spirit of the Jamaican people.
The Song provides a musical back drop for the annual celebration of Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence and should stir a feeling of celebration and should be about Jamaica or Jamaican Culture. The rhythm must be Jamaican and the sound should generate mass appeal.
Toots and the Maytals, Eric Donaldson, Desmond Decker, Roy Rayon and Stanley Beckford are some of the past winners, who have gone on to make their mark globally.