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Aug 9, 2016

National Song Competition Kicks Off this Weekend

The National Song Competition, the premier event that kicks off the annual September Celebration, will be held at the Memorial Park on Saturday.  A total of twenty-one songs will be judged in two distinct categories, Carnival Song and Belize National Song, respectively.  Artists participating in this year’s competition include Cecil Jenkins Jr., Jeanie Brooks, Glenford Gentle and Lateefah Alvarez.  According to Edgell, this year’s theme is fitting since it touches on resilience.


Holly Edgell, Communications & Marketing Director, NICH

“We are pretty excited and I think that even though we just went through a really difficult time, in a way the song competition comes as a relief a little bit.  And looking at the themes of the songs that were submitted are very much in line with our strengths as a people, our sovereignty and the way that we pull together.  So it’s really interesting how that worked out.  The finals themselves are this Saturday at the Memorial Park at 7:30.  We have ten Carnival Song contenders and eleven Belize National Song contenders and people can get excited because they can go online and listen to the songs over and over again if they want and they can actually vote because we will be voting for people’s choice.  So they can easily vote and if they go to the Facebook page for Belize National Song, they will find directions on how to vote.  It’s fairly easy once you get to the website but there are instructions there and throughout the day today and tomorrow we’ll be featuring every contestant on our Facebook page throughout the day so that people can just see who’s there, if it’s someone they know, one of their favorites from before.  There are some people who have entered before and there are some new faces as well.  So we’re pretty excited.”


In light of the recovery efforts, the National Song Competition will play an important role in sharing a spirit of pride and celebration.

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