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JAMAICA FESTIVAL SONG COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS SET FOR MAY 18, 2011

The Jamaica Festival Song Competition is widely recognized on the Jamaican musical landscape as the first step in the careers of many prominent Jamaican artistes who have gone on to international success. Today the competition is on a new mission to re-engage young talented Jamaicans to create songs that invoke a spirit of celebration with international appeal and relevance beyond the festive period.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has joined forces with Claro and Fidelity Motors to provide major prizes of One Million Dollars for the winning song and a 2011 Nissan Tiida for the singer of the winning song. The Commission announced that the semi-finals are set to take place at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road on Wednesday, May 18.

An enthusiastic David Reid, Jamaica Festival Song Competition Coordinator, explained that, “In an effort to restore national interest, patriotism and garner public support, the JCDC extended the deadline of the competition to May 4. Thereafter, audio assessments were completed on May 10 and the date for the semi-final round was determined. The JCDC is seeking to identify a song that will ‘Rock the Nation’ and satisfy the criteria of being original; contain no profanity or offensive lyrics; has a catchy rhythm and hook; lyrically sound by way of having a good story line & flow and elicit crowd participation.”

He further noted that the JCDC will engage the services of some of the Jamaican Music Industry leaders to assist in the selection process at the semi-finals, in an effort to give Jamaica ten songs, one of which will ultimately dominate Independence Celebrations for 2011. Clifton “Specialist” Dillion will oversee the production of the compilation album whilst videos will be produced under the direction of some of Jamaica’s top music and video producers.

The Jamaica Festival Song Competition which started in 1966 is the longest running Song Competition in Jamaica. It has been credited as a platform for aspiring artistes, songwriters and producers to showcase their talents. The likes of Toots Hibbert, the Maytals, Desmond Decker, Freddie McKay and Stanley Beckford, all entered winning song entries.

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For more information contact:
Renae Mills

Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: 926-5726-9/ 371-3423

renae.mills@jcdc.gov.jm

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