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Festival Song 50th Anniversary Road Tour Hits Kingston

The top ten finalists in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition will be performing their entry songs throughout Kingston and St. Andrew, the last leg of their island-wide 50th Anniversary Roadshow, this Friday, June 24. Organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the 50th Anniversary Roadshow  has already made stops in St. Mary, St. Ann, St. Thomas, Portland and St. James, leading up to the National Final on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

The first stop of the Kingston and St. Andrew leg will be Papine Square, beginning at 10:00 am. Cross Roads at 12:15 pm is next, followed by Parade, Downtown Kingston at 2:30 pm. By 4:15 pm the roadshow will be pulling into Portia Simpson Miller Square, Three Miles; and the last stop of the day will be the Nelson Mandela Park in Half Way Tree, at 8:00 pm.

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, the finalists are competing to have their song be the golden jubilee anthem of Jamaica’s longest running song competition.

According to Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson: “So far the Festival Song 50th Anniversary Roadshow has given the finalists a chance to perform live for audiences across the country and given the public a chance to learn the winning songs and pick their favorite that they will be carrying for the Competition’s finals.” He continued, “The Kingston leg promises to be the most exciting leg of the tour and we expect patrons out in droves to enjoy the performances.”

Davidson further stated that in addition to competing for a chance to have their song be the signature song for the 2016 Emancipation and Independence Celebrations, finalists also have a chance to win over a million dollars in cash.

The Jamaica Festival Song Competition is the longest song competition in Jamaica that continues to unearth and showcase several talented individuals each year. This competition which started in 1966 has been the driving force behind some of Jamaica’s acclaimed singers and song writers.

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