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The 10 finalists in the 2006 Jamaica Popular Song Competition were presented to the public at the launch of the competition and album, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston yesterday (May 24).
Speaking at the launch, Director of Planning, Information and Research at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Carey Brown, noted that the main purpose of the competition was the development of the artistes.
“The song contest should play an active role, not only in generating songs by which we celebrate independence, but provide an avenue for the artistes to become better known and through which they are given an opportunity to further develop their creative talent,” the Director explained. The 2006 Popular Song Competition album, ‘Sell Off’, is a compilation of the finalists for the national competition.
Chairman of the Jamaica Popular Song Steering Committee, Junior Lincoln, pointed out that, “this year’s album reflects the thoughts and concerns of the society at large in a form that is quite relevant to today’s music industry. The album is an excellent mix of love songs, reflection of the past, tribute to our land of beauty, and the cry for fellow Jamaicans to rise up and stop the killings that exist in our country today”.
The Chairman noted that the 40 year-old competition was established with a view to expose, develop and showcase Jamaica’s popular music. He added that the Committee has continued to facilitate linkages between the competition and the music industry and encourage entries with a current and popular sound. This year’s competition, he pointed out, continued on that path with contemporary sounding entries.
Turning to sponsorship, Mr. Lincoln said that the competition has attracted several sponsors over the years, adding that “we continue to deepen our relationship with our old partners and forging new association with corporate Jamaica”.
Sponsors include: Money Express, which will be awarding the winner with $1 million; the Jamaica Business Development Centre, which will be handing over $30,000 to each finalist for the development of their musical careers; Tastee Limited, JAMPRO, Capital & Credit Merchant Bank, Excelsior Water Crackers and GraceKennedy Limited.
The Chairman also noted that the media had committed more than $6 million for advertising, air play and visibility in the press. The major media sponsors are CVM-TV, Hitz 92 FM, Irie FM, and the Jamaica Observer.
The finalists for this year’s competition are:
Robert Mitchell, aka ‘Mitch’, who will be performing ‘Oh My Rock’, produced by Syl Gordon.
Omar Reid with ‘Remember the Days’, produced by Big Chime Productions.
A2O (Against All Odds) performing ‘Only Jah Know’, put together by Wayne Wright.
Andre ‘Vybrant’ Johnson will be singing ‘Know What You’re Fighting For’, which was produced by Troy Buchanan.
Ricardo Gayle, better known as ‘Chicago’, will perform ‘Only If You Know’, produced by Paul Henton.
Garfield ‘Rockk-I’ Thomas will perform ‘Land of Beauty’, written by Tafari Bailey.
Ian Chung, aka ‘Purpose’, will perform ‘When’, produced by J. Nunes and Alex Martin.
Sydney ‘Mankind’ Francis will be singing ‘Big Up Jamaica’, which was produced by Christopher Meredith.
Rudolph ‘Ruddy’ Thomas and Norman ‘A-Zee’ Owen will perform, ‘You Are Loved’, and
Mackeehan Solomon, who will sing ‘Rise Up’.

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