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More than $1 million in cash and prizes will be won by the 10 finalists in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition 2009, at the finals on Sunday (July 26), at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, on Hope Road, in Kingston, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
The winner will collect $1 million, courtesy of Digicel Jamaica, while the Best Performer will take home $300,000, donated by Tastee Jamaica Limited. The song writers of the 10 songs will each receive an award of $100,000. Awards for the Most Improved and the Most Disciplined finalists will be determined based on observations made from the semi-final round through to Sunday night. Each will receive a $40,000 gift voucher from Capital and Credit Merchant Bank.
The public’s opinion will help to select the winner, as this will be decided through a combination of text votes and scores by a panel of judges.
Festival Song Co-ordinator, Germaine Raymond, said that it was important that all Jamaicans get involved, based on the objectives of the competition.
“We are seeking to identify a song that will re-energise a spirit of celebration and nationalism in our country, a song for the people selected by the people,” she said.
“It is our aim to sustain that spirit way beyond the Independence period, so it is important to us that the winning song is widely embraced,” Ms. Raymond added.
This year’s competition is being staged under the theme: ‘I Believe in Jamaica’, and features Nathan, Pretty Rebel, Cris Christy, Calvin McFarlane, Stacia, Oba Simba, CC Blake, Tinga Stewart, Winston Hussey and Lester Lewis & Singing Rose. All the finalists have been involved in a series of workshops and other developmental activities, including an islandwide promotional tour. Major sponsors include the Culture, Health, Art, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Tastee Jamaica Limited, Cooyah and a number of media entities, which are partnering with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
The show will feature guest artistes, such as Busy Signal, Christopher Martin and 2008 winner, Roy Rayon. Ticket price for Adults is $600 and Children, $200. Tickets are available at the head office of the JCDC, located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10.

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