Jamaica Festival Song Winner 2019, Raldene ‘Loaded Eagle’ Dyer receives his winning trophy from the Hon. Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
The finals of the 2019 Jamaica Festival Song Competition took place last night at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Raldene ‘Loaded Eagle’ Dyer’ is the 2019 Jamaica Festival, Song Winner.
His winning song, ‘Big Up Jamaica’, will become the soundtrack for Jamaica’s 57th Anniversary of Independence, which is being celebrated under the theme One Nation, One People.
Jamaica Festival Song Winner 2019, Raldene ‘Loaded Eagle’ Dyer performs his winning song ‘Big Up Jamaica’.
Dyer took home the coveted title at the 2019 Jamaica Festival Song Competition’s free Grand Final concert and its respective $1 million cash award, He also copped the award for writer of the winning song which also carried $1 million cash award, as well as the sectional prizes for Best Performance and Best Vocalist, which carry
a cash award of $300 000 each.
Second place in the competition and its respective cash award of $400 000 went to Alero ‘Alley Bless’ Perrier with Her song, ‘Queen Jamaica’.
While third place and it’s a respective cash award of $250 000 went to Jerome ‘Jay Smith’ Smith for his song ‘Embassy Appointment’, which also saw him receiving the sectional award for Most Popular on Social Media, and its respective cash award of $300 000.
The showcase which started at 8:00 pm, saw all 11 of the competition’s finalists going head to head in a battle of performances and a surprise guest performance from Dancehall Icon ‘Bounty Killer’, who delivered a high energy performance which targeted leadership, parenting, and community-related issues, while encouraging his fans to have fun in the true spirit of the dancehall culture.
The Festival Song Competition is a signature programme of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an Agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Jamaica Festival Song Competition started in 1966, and continues to serve as a musical platform for cultural exposition and for entrants to make an indelible mark on Jamaica and the world. The competition boasts past winners like Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Decker, Eric Donaldson, Roy Rayon, Heather Grant and Stanley Beckford.