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Festival competition back for 2008

Friday, February 08, 2008

In an effort to help ignite and re- create feelings of celebration among Jamaicans at Independence time, the board of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has decided to bring back for 2008, what was known up until the late nineties as the Jamaica Festival Song Competition. The original song competition will be returned to the series of activities hosted by the JCDC over the July to August "Emanci-pendence" period.

"We seek to identify a song that is reflective of the spirit of the Jamaican people at Independence time" asserts Renee Robinson, Director of Programmes Management at JCDC, while assuring persons that the competition will not replace the Jamaica Popular Song competition. Entries are currently being accepted for the competition that will take the familiar format of ten finalists being selected, island-wide road shows and public voting in order to declare a winner.

Songs of any genre will be accepted, however, the lyrics must be in-keeping with a spirit of festivity and celebration . Entry forms are available at the offices of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission or online at and must be submitted along with a demo by Friday, February 15, 2008.

Toots and the Maytals, Eric Donaldson, Desmond Decker, Stanley and the Astronauts, the Aces and Roy Rayon are persons who will go down in the nation's history for their significant impact on the way people thought about Jamaica's independence. All winners in what was one of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's most popular programmes, they shot to national recognition for their delivery of songs such as Bam Bam, Oh Cherry, Oh Baby, Chiquitita and many others

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