Arts & Culture

Who will win?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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With millions in prize money up for the taking, the big question is who will walk away with the top spot at the Jamaica Festival Song Competition final set for Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew this evening, starting at 6:00 pm.

Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Jamaica Festival Song Competition is the longest-running song competition in Jamaica and has showcased many artistes and numerous songs which have become the soundtrack to Jamaican life and culture. This competition, which started in 1966, has been the driving force behind some of Jamaica's acclaimed singers and songwriters, and continues to unearth and showcase several talented individuals each year.

The writer of the winning song will take home $1 million while the singer of that song will also receive $1 million. Best Performer — $300,000; Best Vocalist — $300, 000; Best Social Media Campaign — $200,000. The 10 finalists will receive $150,000 plus a plaque. Writers, producers, co-producers and singers will be given plaques in recognition of their effort.

This year's entrants include past winners Everton Pessoa, who won in 2011, and Nazzle Man who took the title in 2016. Four of the artistes are known on the entertainment circuit — Tanice Morrison, former gospel act; Karrell Wisdom aka Jahwiz; Montego Bay's Mackie Conscious; and cabaret act Rojjah. The 2018 cast is completed by Koriq, Juke Box, Radcliffe John, and the mass choir from Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God.

In addition to the talented line-up, well-known reggae artiste Leroy Sibbles as well as past competition winners Roy Rayon and Tinga Stewart will also be performing. The free concert begins at 6:00 pm.

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