Which is your favourite festival song of all time?

A Dat Wi Seh

Sunday, April 14, 2013

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Last week Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hannah, announced that there will be no Festival Song Contest this year. Instead, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission will ask Jamaicans to vote for their favourite festival song as part of the island's 50th independence celebrations. Yesterday, the Jamaica Observer asked members of the public to name their favourite festival song of all time. These were some responses:

Lloyd Williams

Bam Bam by the Maytals (1966) and Cherry Oh Baby by Eric Donaldson (1971)

"Bam Bam and Cherry O' Baby because you can get the sense in everything out of them. You can understand the words and you enjoy it. Plus, Toots and the Maytals and Eric Donaldson still going on strong. Is dem artiste deh a my artiste.

Ellis Ferguson

Sweet and Dandy by Toots Hibbert (1969)

"Any one weh Toots sing man! From Toots time come straight up. Toots sing one weh go 'one more day for the wedding day' [Sweet and Dandy] That stick out. And 'The big heel boot, me love dat too.

Canute Ellis

Sweet and Dandy by Toots Hibbert (1969)

"Sweet and Dandy from Toots. Them music deh alive, it meck yuh jump up and ting, it meck you enjoy yusself; is not no dead dead ting. Dem time deh everybody a look forward to festival song and every year a new song come up. I think that every year a new song fi come out still, but not song like what dem likkle bwoy yah a sing nowadays."

Richard Allen

Fi Wi Island A Boom by Stanley Beckford (2000)

"Jamaica Island A Boom a my song because you done know that a Jamaica di ting deh from long time, is not just now. From me a likkle bwoy me a listen dem song deh and dem song deh cyaan stale out. So a dat one deh stick out to me, Jamaica Island a boom every time.

Michael Clarke

Ba Ba Boom by the Jamaicans (1967)

"Everyone's dancing, this is romancing, we have a good time', that is my favourite song. To me it has more melody, and it was the time for it, the festive season when everybody was celebrating. And me like how him sound pon the riddim and ting, you know."

Lasmine Pratt

Chiquitita by Clive 'Snowball' Brown (1994)

"Chiquitita because me just like the riddim on it and it sound nice. And it have a nice vibes"

Shawna-Kay Stone

Sweet Jamaica by Eric Donaldson (1977)

"Sweet Jamaica because it sounds nice and it relates to our country and our culture so I really like it. And of course, it big up Jamaica on the international scene."

Jannet Brown

Give Thanks and Praises by Roy Rayon (1987)

"Jamaica 25 because it is more appropriate to me. I love it. The singing, the melody, everything is just right, just fit. The words in it are very inspiring and I feel it is more corpasetic for the festival."




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