Arts & Culture

Ready for the finals

Confident festival song contestants raring to go on Sunday

Observer senior reporter

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!

It's confidence all around from the contestants in the 2018, Jamaica Festival Song competition as they head into this Sunday's finals set for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew.

Five of the 10 finalists — Peso, Juke Box, Nazzle Man, Reggae Soul Child, and Radcliffe John — stopped by the offices of the Jamaica Observer for a pop-up, lunch-hour concert yesterday sharing their entries in this year's competition.

Following the performances the artistes shared their thoughts going into the finals which is set to commence at 6:00 pm. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), which organises the event, noted that while there is no charge to enter the venue, patrons will need tickets which can be had at Tastee patty locations across the Corporate Area as well as at the JCDC head office.

The 2011 winner, Peso, is brimming with confidence with his entry Jamaica Formula, having put in the work, among a much more competitive set of contestants this year.

“This time is more competition. The songs are better; there are more professional people in it this year, in the sense that they are more enthusiastic, they are going after what they want. Not that back then those weren't good, but these are more determined and they are putting out the effort. The truth is you have to be determined to achieve what you want. Is it that after the festival you are going to just sit and wait till the next festival song then you put out another festival song ... that's how you lag behind. But if you win the festival songs, and you keep putting out, and you are as determined to win as you are determined to be successful as a singer you will be fine,” said Peso.

Reggae Soul Child, whose given name is Tanice Morrison, is an emerging name on the local entertainment scene and the only individual female act in the competition. She has decided to give the festival song competition a shot as a platform to share her love for Jamaica with a wider audience. Her entry is Jamaica You Nice Enuh.

“I am really, really, really excited. Everybody is coming in with something really good. I like the spirit, I love the vibe. Overall, for me, it has been like a learning platform. Each time you go to the different parishes it's a different vibe and I learn each week. I tend to develop my craft even more... I see myself getting better in terms of performance. This is something that I've always wanted to do, and timing was important. So I just said this is a good platform to showcase that side of Tanice — being patriotic, loving my country, and each time I watch the news I'm being bombarded with negatives, so I'm like why we can't just have some positives. Jamaica is so beautiful, we have so much talent and so much good to talk about, and I just thought I would use the opportunity to share this.”

There is confidence coming from gospel act Radcliffe John about Sunday's finals. His entry is The Type of Jamaica.

“Many time you hear it said that the people from the church are sitting back and not doing anything as if what happens in society nuh affect them. But it does affect all of us, everyone. Mi jus feel seh if I'm a voice that can be heard, then I need to go out there and do it. God has opened this opportunity for me to say the things that I'm saying, which in my view are positive and really need to uplift Jamaica on a whole, so I get this opportunity so I'm making my voice be heard.”

Two-time Festival Song entrant Juke Box is another entrant who is confident of victory with Jamaica Wi Rich.

“Mi jus have a winning feeling. My song is good and due to the fact that I have been singing and performing since I was nine years old, I believe this song gonna carry me far 'cause the words what I'm saying is what's really a gwaan in the world right now. We just need love and peace and unity instead of the killing and war. Many people thinking about money, right, So by Jamaica listening to the words of this song they will realise that Jamaica is rich ... right now a winnings mi seh.”

The 2016 competition winner Nazzle Man is back in this year's finals with Jamaica A Wi Home and he too is looking for a win.

“ As a patriot I've been loving it from a tender age, used to go to the stadium to listen to Roy Rayon, Eric Donaldson and The Astronauts, Its something that I always want to get involved in . This year I have had to work extra hard compared to the other years as you have some great songs so any song can play. I have a great chance as anybody else and I am well confident. I'm coming with my A-game as always, never a dull moment. I'm in it to win it,” he noted.

The other five entrants are Rojah with I Love Jamaica, The Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God choir, with Strong Jamaica, Hands On Your Heart by Jahwiz, Koriq with Let's Do It Jamaica and Mackie Conscious with We Big All Around.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon