National Festival Song Competition

The National Festival Song Competition is an annual feature ofJamaica’s Festival activities which occur during the period approaching Independence Day.  The competition, organized and run by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, aims to identify a song which embodies the spirit of the Jamaican people. While the song does not have to be aboutJamaicaor Jamaican culture, the rhythm must be Jamaican and must generate mass appeal.  The winner of the competition is decided by a combination of public voting and the judges’ decision at the final show.

Year Song Title Singer Writer Player
2011 Oh if We Everton Pressoa Everton Pressoa Click to Play
2010 My Jamaica Delisser McFarlane   Click to Play
2009 Take Back Jamaica Winston Hussey   Click to Play
2008 Rise & Shine Roy Rayon Rayon Whittingham Click to Play
2007 Woman A Di Beauty Gunty   Click to Play
2006 Remember the Days Omar Reid   Click to Play
2005 Poverty Khalil N Pure   Click to Play
2004 Ole Time Jamaica Stefan Penincilin Stavan White Click to Play
2003 Jamaican Tour Guide Stefan Penincilin Stavan White Click to Play
2002 Progress Devon Balke Derrick Morgan Click to Play
2001 Lift up Jamaica Roy Richards Roy Richards Click to Play
2000 Fi Wi Island a Boom Stanley Beckford Derrick Morgan Click to Play
1999 Born Inna JA Cheryl Clarke Cheryl Clarke Click to Play
1998 Jamaica Whoa Neville Martin Derick Morgan Click to Play
1997 Peace and Love Eric Donaldson Eric Donaldson & Oswald Weir Click to Play
1996 Meck We Go Spree Zac Henry & Donald Wright Zac Henry Click to Play
1995 Join Di Line Eric Donaldson Carlene Thomas Click to Play
1994 Dem a Pollute Stanley & The Astronaunts Calvin Cameron Click to Play
1993 Big it Up Eric Donaldson Calvin Cameron Click to Play
1992 Meck We Put Things Right Heather Grant Don Cunningham Click to Play
1991 Come Rock Roy Rayon Joan Davis Click to Play
1990 Island Festival Robbie Forbes Robbie Forbes Click to Play
1989 Stop & Go Michael Forbes & Duo David Madden Click to Play
1988 Jamaica Land We Love Singer J Singer J Click to Play
1987 Give Thanks & Praises Roy Rayon Grub Cooper Click to Play
1986 Dem a Fi Squirm Stanley Beckford Calvin Cameron Click to Play
1985 Love Fever Roy Rayon Grub Cooper Click to Play
1984 Proud to Be Jamaican Eric Donaldson Violet McPherson Click to Play
1983 Jamaica I'll Never Leave You Again Ras Karbi Ras Karbi Click to Play
1982 Meck Wi Jam Astronauts Donald Wright Click to Play
1981 No Wey No Betta Dan Yard Tinga Stewart Sangie Davis Click to Play
1980 Come Sing With Me Alphanso Plummer Alphanso Plummer Click to Play
1979 Born Jamaican Astronauts Donald Wright Click to Play
1978 Land of My Birth Eric Donaldson Winston Wallace Click to Play
1977 Sweet Jamaica Eric Donaldson Winston Wallace Click to Play
1976 Dance Dis Ya Festival Freddie McKay Orville Samuel Click to Play
1975 Hooray Festival Roman Stewart Ernie Smith Click to Play
1974 Play Di Music Tinga Stewart Ernie Smith Click to Play
1973 Jump in the Line Morvin Brooks Morvin Brooks Click to Play
1972 Pomps & Pride Toots Hibbert The Maytals Click to Play
1971 Cherry Oh Baby Eric Donaldson Eric Donaldson Click to Play
1970 Boom Shaka Laka Hopeton Lewis Hopeton Lewis Click to Play
1969 Sweet & Dandy Toots Hibbert The Maytals Click to Play
1968 Intensified Desmond Decker Desmond Decker Click to Play
1967 Baba Boom Boom Norris Weir Jamaicans Click to Play
1966 Bam Bam Toots Hibbert The Maytals Click to Play