Top 10 Winners of The JCDC Festival Song Competition

1. Year :1966 , Emperor Haile Selassie visited in Jamaica

Singer: Toots and the Maytals

Song: “Bam Bam”

2. Year: 1969 , The holiday for the Queen’s Birthday was replaced with National Heroes Day

Singer: Toots and the Maytals

Song: “Sweet and Dandy”

3. Year: 1971, The Murder rate for the YEAR was only 145

Singer: Eric Donaldson

Song: “Cherry Oh Baby”

4. Year: 1972, Movie “The Harder They Come” starring Jimmy Cliff was released.

Singer: Toots & the Maytals

Song: “Pomps and Pride”

5. Year: 1974, Establishment of the gun court to handle mounting gun offenses.

Singer: Tinga Stewart

Song: “Play de Music”

6. Year: 1977, Fidel Castro, President of Cuba paid a six-day official visit to Jamaica.

Singer: Eric Donaldson

Song: “Sweet Jamaica”

7. Year:1976, Donald Quarrie wins gold  at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

Singer: Freddie McKay

Song: “Dance This Ya Festival”

8. Year: 1978, Bob Marley held a One Love Peace concert in Kingston bringing both political parties together

Singer: Eric Donaldson

Song: “Land of my Birth”

9. Year: 1983, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, & His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh came on a visit to Jamaica.

Singer: Ras Karbi

Song: “Jamaica I’ll Never Leave You”

10. Year: 1988. Hurricane Gilbert devastate the island

Singer: Singer Jay

Song: “Jamaica Land We Love”

Other notable mentions :

Year: 1987, Jamaica records 1 million visitors for the year.

Singer: Roy Rayon

Song: “Give Thanks and Praise”

Year: 1992, Jamaica Bobsled team placed 14th in the Salt Lake Winter Olympics

Singer: Heather Grant

Song: “Mek wi Put Things Right”

Year: 2000, Y2K

Singer: Stanley Beckford

Song: “Fi Wi Island A Boom”


~ by RB on July 17, 2010.

4 Responses to “Top 10 Winners of The JCDC Festival Song Competition”

  1. Some real classics here. Great post.

  2. Respect star preeingjamaica

  3. […] 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. […]

  4. 1987- Roy Rayon……Give thanks and Praise

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