Festival Song Finals July 4

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festival-song.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will stage the grand finals of its annual Jamaica Festival Song Competition this Saturday, July 4, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.

Ten finalists will face off at 8:00 p.m. in the contest the JCDC says is aimed at identifying a new and original song that reflects the spirit of the Jamaican people.

Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson, said the finals will be an evening of music, culture and celebration.

"The Festival Song is the longest running song competition. We're actually in the 50th year of the competition and so each year we try to find a song that provides the musical backdrop to our Emancipation and Independence celebrations and that's what we're looking for this year, a song that will drive our 53rd Independence celebrations," he said.

Mr. Davidson informed that close to 80 entries were received for this year's competition and the JCDC is quite pleased with the top selections.

"We are extremely pleased with the top 10. We have a mix of persons with an old festival sound or traditional festival sound as opposed to a new sound. And, we are pleased that we've received a mix of what we call modern festival sound and the old traditional sound," he said.

Along with the 10 finalists, patrons will be treated to a performance from special guest artiste and multiple-time Jamaica Festival Song Competition winner, Roy Rayon.

"Roy Rayon is many-time winner of the Festival Song competition. Of course, he'll bring a nostalgic performance of those old favourites and of course some modern, contemporary songs. It will be a wonderful family entertainment show on Saturday as we kick-start the Emancipation and Independence celebrations," Mr. Davidson said.

Persons wishing to attend the live finals on Saturday can purchase tickets at Sangster's Book Stores in Sovereign, King Street, Portmore Mall, or Mall Plaza in Half- Way Tree. Tickets can also be purchased at the JCDC Head Office in Kingston and online, at ww.jcdc.gov.jm. Admission is $800 pre-sold, $1,000 at the gate for adults and $400 for children.