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Aug 10, 2015

Meet the Finalists in National Song Competition

The 2015 National Song Competition gets underway this Friday at the Memorial Park in Belize City. After several rounds of regional eliminations, a total of eighteen artists, novice and professionals, will take to the stage with their original songs in both the carnival and national song competitions. Today, the finalists were introduced to the media at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Duane Moody has this report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, the National Celebrations Commission and Atlantic International Bank hosted the finalists for the 2015 National Song Competition. Senior and junior artists from across the country will be partaking in various categories including National Song and Carnival Song.


Gregory Vernon

Gregory Vernon, Director, ICA

“It’s about you the artists, the competitors who will be bringing to us beautiful Belize songs, beautiful carnival songs and of course we have juniors and seniors here with us. We are particularly proud of the juniors because they are up and coming Belizeans and so I’m sure that we will be able to work with the juniors to help them be part of the stage, have a great stage presence and be able to bring a good song August fourteenth at the Memorial Park.”


The finals will see a total of nine national song seniors, two national song juniors, and seven carnival song seniors take to the stage on August fourteenth at the Memorial Park. This comes following several elimination rounds across the country.


Gregory Vernon

“For the national song competition, we see competitors from Corozal Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo…for the Belize Song. For the juniors, we have Corozal and Toledo. For the carnival song we have orange Walk, Belize, Stann Creek that will be competing for the prizes…thirty-two thousand dollars worth of prizes, six thousand in first prize and so we are most happy that we will be able to be a part of this competition.”


Shari Williams

Shari Williams, Communications Officer, NICH

“We have an award going out for the People’s Choice, meaning the person who the people really like and vote for your song. So encourage you to encourage your family and friends and everyone you know to go to our website at and encourage people to vote for your song. Aside from the People’s Choice, we have Breakout Artist of the Year. So the person who is new to this, but we think has potential has the opportunity to also walk away with a prize.”


Newcomer, Barbara Herrera, who is from Corozal, has been singing in a band for some years now. She for the first time will be competing in the Carnival category of the competition with her song, Misbehaving.


Barbara Herrera

Barbara Herrera, Junior Carnival Song Finalists

“I’m all about the hype; I’m all about the entertainment. The performance is what I am all about. They can expect hype, a real show, props…a lot of things that they never seen before. I have a team, the Hypes of Vybe Team—Father Lee, TR Shine. We have a lot of props, new things to take on the stage…we have a lot of new things to introduce to people. My team is working hard on votes, on choreography and on the whole scene itself. So you can expect a really good show.”


The artists will be working along with a live band and a music director prior to the competition on Friday. Duane Moody for News Five.

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