Sunday 9 August, 2020

Buju Banton wins Jamaica Festival Song contest

Screengrab of Buju Banton in a video for his  festival song entry, 'I Am A Jamaican'.

Screengrab of Buju Banton in a video for his festival song entry, 'I Am A Jamaican'.

Reggae star Buju Banton brought superstar power to this year's edition of the Jamaica Festival Song competition and walked away all smiles as his entry, 'I Am A Jamaican', was voted the top song. 

The top entries in the annual Jamaica Festival Song Competition was aired on live television and social media platforms Sunday night.

“You all are winners,” Buju Banton said to his fellow contestants before accepting the trophy.

The singer also received a cheque for $3 million and indicated that his charity, Sunbeam Boys Home, will be the beneficiary.

“The real winners are Sunbeam Boys Home,” Banton said.

Papa Michigan was voted first runner-up with Jamaica Dance, while Sakina Deer was third with We Are Jamaica.

This year's other Jamaica Festival Song Competition finalists were: Toots and the Maytals, Freddie McGregor, dancehall quartet LUST; 2009 Digicel Rising Star winner Shuga; two-time Festival Song winner Nazzle Man, Xtra Bigg; and Radix OD.

For the first time the Jamaica Festival Song Competition was staged as a virtual event due to the necessary restrictions to fight the spread of COVID-19. 

 

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