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Minister Grange Re-opens Gate For Festival Song

June 15, 2022 | Supa Pea |  Minister responsible for Entertainment and Culture the Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange came out a clear winner with her most recent announcement that the long-standing Festival Song Competition will be back as part of Jamaicas’ 60th Independence celebration 2022.

The announcement brought three cheers from some major  players in the music industry who had come out strongly against the Minister’s previous statement that this year’s competition would be scrapped due to the poor quality of songs.

This was the case after the selection committee could only find three entries from a list of  one hundred and twenty three.

“What we have done is we have created a narrow window and will come up with 10 songs. I have been  net-working with  producers and writers and we will come up with 10 quality songs,” Grange said.

The Jamaica Festival Song Competition started  in 1966 with  Toots and The Maytals winning with “What  A Bam Bam.” Other winners include Eric Donaldson “Cherry Oh Baby” and Roy Rayon “Give Thanks and Praises.”

Supa Pea is an award winning Entertainment Reporter with Vision Newspaper

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