The 2010 JCDC Festival Song Winner is Kharuso-“My Jamaica”(Video)
Kharuso whose real name is Dellisser McFarLane hails from the parish of St. Ann is the 2010 JCDC (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission) Festival song winner, read his entire bio and lyrics to the song HERE.
Kharuso also capped the prize for best performance after putting on a stellar stage performance. The song could easily be considered one of the overall Top 10 Winners of The JCDC Festival Song Competition.
If you are a regular on this blog you would have known from this post earlier Vote for PAPA WHYTE-Zingy Zingy-JCDC 2010 Festival Song Competition that my preference was other wise. With that said I think it is fair to say all the contestants were very good. I am saying this after actually seeing all 10 unlike in the previous post when I just saw maybe four or five.
Kitty commented on my previous post stating this:
Hi there RB, yes this IS blatantly bias…:)Actually all of the other entries are pretty good…I am sure you have listened to all of them by now.The lyrics of all the other songs are good and send a great message to the people of Jamaica. However, I must say I believe it is time to change the energy and face of the JCDC Festival Song. Papa Whyte’s song is catchy but it falls right into that “Old time” Jamaican vibe as you put it…No offense, but I believe Festival Song now needs a younger face and a more vibrant energy (mind you,nothing can replace the origins of Jamaican music). But it is time for change to encourage our youth and surround them with positivity from a face(s) that they can relate to…In my opinion re the finalists…talking about current I believe Deru’s song fits the bill with a very positive message for Jamaican’s “there’s no place like yaad, might as well we tuff it out right here suh!” Marvulus has a good entry n vibe also and The duo Amique & Nazz an easy tourist board song.These are all fresh tunes for the competition…Question?….will change be accepted
Apart from calling me out on my bias for Papa Whyte which I admit ,I found her take particularly insightful.
We can all agree the entries were all fill with talented individuals, energetic and on message. The call for a change is truly understandable and by that I am guessing the blogger meant a more contemporary sound coming from the finalists in the competition.
The majority of the contestants are younger Jamaicans who did bring that modern sound and feel to the competition and Kitty mentioned a few ,they were very good.
In the previous post I picked Papa Whyte as my personal favorite and will admit it does have as I said in the previous post it has :
“that old time Jamaican mento vibes to it”
Over the years many of the songs have carried that similar theme. As a blogger still in my late 20’s I think I can still appreciate and love the old time mento vibes even if it wasn’t particularly popular in my time. In the end the winner has that same old time mento vibes and mannerisms in the video and stage performance.
Fellow blogger Ensayn shared a favorite for Deru-”Nuh Weh Nuh Betta” and Papa Whyte-”Zingy Zingy”
In the end all that matters is that we have a great song with a positive message we can all gather around and be proud of.
2010 Winner of the JCDC Festival Song Competition- Kharuso- My Jamaica. Video