Toots, Buju Banton, Freddie McGregor Among Finalists for Jamaica’s Festival Song Contest

A number of popular reggae entertainers have joined to reignite Jamaica and its diaspora, through the 2020 Jamaica Festival song contest.

The virtual reveal and launch of the Top 10 finalists for the Jamaica Festival 2020 song finals, saw big names such as Buju Banton, two-time festival song winner Toots and the Maytals, Freddie McGregor, LUST, Papa Michigan, along with Shuga and TV host Sakina Deer, the only two women among the group.

The massive promotion behind this year’s festival song competition is due to the scaling down of other independence and emancipation day celebrations this year.

Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange earlier announced that this year’s Grand Gala, Jamaica’s annual independence celebration, will be held virtually due to COVID-19.

Voting for the festival song competition began on Sunday, July 12 and ends on Sunday, July 26. The public will decide the winner of the competition by text-to-vote.

Additionally, Jamaicans around the world have been encouraged to join in voting for their favourite festival song, for the first time ever.


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