It’s that time and season, for the Jamaica Festival Song competition. There are many big-name singers, songwriters and it will be a very competitive year.
The essence of the Jamaica Festival Song 2021 competition is to promote Jamaican culture. These songs bring people to the core of what Jamaica is all about. It teaches people about our Jamaican heritage and reminds others of what they have long forgotten.
The 2021 Jamaica Festival Song Finalists and their songs are:
- DB (Kevaughn Scott) – Love Jamaica My Land
- Dez-I Boyd (Desmond Boyd) – Rumba Box
- Father Reece (Lloyd Reece) – Jamaicans Talawah
- Grub Cooper (Fab 5) – Unwind
- Candy (Kimiela Isaacs) – Birthday Bash JA
- Lutan Fyah (Anthony Martin) – Jah Mek Yah
- Tamo J (Dwight Allen) – Real Talk (Jamrock)
- Reggae Maxx (Errol Graham) – Sweet Jamaica
- Pessoa (Everton Pessoa) – Celebration (Wet Sugar)
- Althea Hewitt (Althea Hewitt) – Jamaica Nice
- Stacious (Stacey Scarlett Bryan) – Jamaican Spirit
- I-Octane (I-Octane) – Land We Love
Love Jamaica My Land Festival Song
One song, Love Jamaica My Land, truly accomplishes the objective of highlighting Jamaican history and culture and mentions some of the old and well-known aspects of our culture.
The singer, DB, emanates a joyful Jamaican vibe and playfulness. He does not take himself seriously, which depicts true Jamaican personality – as we see with Usain Bolt. And so, we see DB follows his mother’s instructions to take his cousin Winston around Jamaica.
DB reminds us of long-time and popular Jamaican Easter bun actor, Michael London as Boysie. Ever obedient, but mischievous.
The Jamaica Festival Song Video
In the video, DB and Winston meet up at the airport with friends and much mischief ensues. The dancing teacher Orville Hal of Dance Expressionz does what he is naturally gifted at doing, and that is incorporating dance and culture. People all over the world will be doing the one-foot skank to this Irie Reggae beat.
Who remembers flying kite?
Playing with jig?
Eating jackass corn?
Going to Hellshire and eating fish and bammy?
The project sees Orville Hall, a notorious Jamaican dance professional, collaborating with Jamaica Pen Publishers’ writer, Majorie Walters, to bring this song to the forefront of Jamaican consciousness.
Marjorie recently released her book of poems, Highways Byways ad Beyond, and is continuing to set a trail by impacting Jamaica’s culture.
About The Jamaica Festival Song Writer
Marj always seeks to provide commentary on some of the personal, social, and economic issues she has experienced growing up and living in poverty-stricken communities in Jamaica.
In her book, many of her poems highlight the daily struggles of Jamaican people. Murder, Roses for the Victim, and Pickney on Fire are a few of the poems that deal with the increasingly disturbing issues of crime and violence, police brutality, incest, abuse, and a number of other crippling problems experienced by people living in low-income communities.
The Dance Challenge
The dance moves and dance challenges are already underway and many people are vibing to this song. It speaks to the power and influence of Jamaican culture.
It is undeniable and when you find a project like this song, Jamaica Land We Love, that was done with such professionalism, dedication, and the added quality makes it undeniably influential.
Big Up Jamaica
Remember, Jamaicans, shine your light wherever you go. Be a positive influence. Spread the joy and fun. Take pride in who you are and your heritage.
Until next time, check out the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, and who knows, you might decide to write, sing or participate in some other way to our heritage.
About the writer:
Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 40 books, for more than ten years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor, and a mentor to aspiring writers.
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