Saturday Hustle - July 28
This week we're sharing our picks of the most popular entries from the Jamaica Festival Song Competition. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Chiquetita - Clive 'Snowball' Brown
Ooooh Chiquetita, Yes Chiquetita/ Love me Chiquetita, Love me Chiquetita
Though he took second place in the 1994 National Festival Song contest, there was no denying the popularity of Clive 'Snowball' Brown's Chiquetita. The contagious song quickly became a hit and today remains a favourite of many Jamaicans.
Play Di Music - Tinga Stewart (written by Ernie Smith)
Play di music/Play di music/ Jump like leggo beast/ Sip yuh water’/ Love your daughter/ But play the music beat.
Almost four decades later, we still can't get enough of the laid-back vibe, feel-good lyrics, and contagious rhythm that have made Tinga Stewart's 1974 Festival Song Play Di Music a hit that has transcended generations.
Fi Wi Island a Boom - Stanley Beckford (written by Derrick Morgan)
Wooii fi wi island a boom/ Jamaica island a boom/ Yes fi wi island a boom/ Jamaica island a boom/ Wooii fi wi island a boom/ Yes fi wi nation a boom
The late Stanley Beckford was renowned for creating popular songs with an infectious mento beat. He received his fourth festival song title in 2000 with Fi Wi Island a Boom.
Land of My Birth - Eric Donaldson (written by Winston Watson)
This is the land of my birth/ I say this is the land of my birth/ I say this is Jamaica, my Jamaica, the land of my birth.
The iconic 1978 entry is the ultimate declaration of being a true Jamaican, even today. The song was written by Winston Watson — who also wrote the 1977 winner Sweet Jamaica, also sung by Donaldson.
Give Thanks and Praises - Roy Rayon (written by Grub Cooper)
Give thanks and praises, we are 25/Though the road was rocky and the hills were steep still we survived/ We put wi faith and trust in the Father who is keeping us alive/ So give thanks and praises we are 25
There was no controversy in 1987 when singer Roy Rayon won the Popular Song Contest with his revival-inspired tribute to Jamaica's silver anniversary.
Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
Oh Cherry, oh Cherry oh baby/ Don't yuh see I'm in love with you/ If you don't believe I do/ Then why don't you try me?/ I will never let you down.
Eric Donaldson will forever be associated with his success in the National Festival Song Competition. His winning 1971 entry Cherry Oh Baby, sung in his trademark falsetto voice, was perhaps the fuel that launched his career. The song became so popular internationally that both UB40 and The Rolling Stones have covered it.