Grange urges support for Festival Song album

July 18, 2022
Olivia Grange
Olivia Grange
Oneil ‘Nazzleman’ Scott, a former Jamaica Festival Song winner, is among the 2022 finalists.
Oneil ‘Nazzleman’ Scott, a former Jamaica Festival Song winner, is among the 2022 finalists.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, is urging "lovers of Jamaican music, everywhere" to show love for the 'Jamaica Festival 2022 Song Competition' album.

The project is now live on global music streaming services across the world including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Spotify, Tidal, and Pandora.

Grange said persons should to support the artistes by "streaming and downloading the songs".

"It is essential that people hear and get to know the finalists and participate in selecting that one song which will drive our Jamaica 60 Independence celebrations. These 30, or so, streaming options are a good medium to expose the music and the performers," Grange said.

It's the third consecutive year that finalists in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition have been released on global streaming platforms.

The Festival Song Competition, which is a stable of Independence celebration, was formerly called the Popular Song Contest. It began in 1966.

The minister had earlier announced that the competition would not be part of this year's 60th independence celebrations due to poor entries. However, it was reinstated following public outcry.

Grange described the 'Jamaica Festival 2022 Song Competition' album as "good", stating that it "represents a mix of Jamaican music genres".

The winning song will be decided by judges scores as well as public voting via text messaging in Jamaica and via the Reggae Jamaica App across the world. A top prize of $3 million will be shared among the producer, the writer and the singer.

The finalists are:

I'm A Proud Jamaican 'Magic Flute'

Rock To Da Beat 'Interest'

Jamaica Sweet Again 'Dez I Boyd'

Diamond Jubilee 'Orkid'

Bring Back The Love 'Stamp'

Jamaica Nice Again 'Inspiyah

Out Of Many 'Nazzleman'

Sixty 'One1'

Nuh Weh Nice Like Yard 'Sacaj'

Defend Jamaica 'Nitty Kutchie'

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