Jamaica Festival Songs - Popular (Winning) Songs Since 1966
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The Jamaica Festival Song, also called the Popular Song Competition, and before 1990, known as the Independence Festival Song Competition, first took place in 1966.
It is one of the highlights of the Jamaica Independence Festival which was initiated in 1962 with the objective of showcasing Jamaica's literary, fine, and performing artists, and also to celebrate the Jamaican culture.
The Jamaica Independence Festival was the brainchild of then Minister of Community Development (and later Prime Minister), Edward Seaga.
And now, by popular demand, here (below) is a list of the all the winning festival song titles, and their singers, since 1966.
But just before...
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1966-2019 (Year on Year)
1966 - The Maytals; Song: Bam Bam
1967 - The Jamaicans; Song: Ba Ba Boom
1968 - Desmond Dekker & The Aces; Song: Music Like Dirt
1969 - The Maytals; Song: Sweet and Dandy
1970 - Hopeton Lewis; Song: Boom Shaka Laka
1971 - Eric Donaldson; Song: Cherry Oh Baby
1972 - Toots & the Maytals; Song: Pomps and Pride
1973 - Morvin Brooks; Song: Jump In The Line
1974 - Tinga Stewart; Song: Play de Music
1975 - Roman Stewart; Song: Hooray Festival
1976 - Freddie McKay; Song: Dance This Ya Festival
1977 - Eric Donaldson; Song: Sweet Jamaica
1978 - Eric Donaldson; Song: Land Of My Birth
1979 - The Astronauts; Song: Born Jamaican
1980 - Stanley & The Turbines; Song: Come Sing With Me
I have quite a few, including some of Roy Rayon's.
But if you poke me, I'd have to say this one below, Eric's Donaldson's Sweet Jamaica, click to PLAY on YouTube.
Love it, Love it, Love it!!!!!
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