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Aug 15, 2016

National Song Competition Selects Belize’s Best Singers

Holly Edgell

Saturday informally kicked off the September Celebrations with the annual National Song Competition.  The event boasted a impressive lineup of talent from across the country.  With the backing of the Gilharry Seven Band, a total of eighteen artists performed before a lively audience at the Memorial Park.  News Five spoke with Communications and Marketing Director Holly Edgell of the National Institute of Culture and History.


Holly Edgell, Communications & Marketing Director, NICH

“It was a really fun event. The park was full—people brought out their kids, families were there. We had food, the usual fun vibe so it was a really good night. We had the big prizes and we also had the People’s Choice as well as Break Out Artist. The People’s Choice was all online voting—so we had a winner in the carnival category and the Belize song category. The winner for the carnival song category for People’s Choice was Barbara “Missy B” Herrera—great song called fire and she had a really great stage performance and it really build what people heard in the song online. So that was pretty cool. So for the Belize song, the People’s Choice was Eugene Gentle and his song Rock the Boat and it was all themed around the Belize Guatemala situation at the border. Another great performer; he wore a sailor costume and he really got the crowd going. We had a break out award for Belize song and carnival song. That award went to Jerome Crawford for breakout carnival song and Jeanie Brooks for breakout Belize song. The costumes—you have to really give people credit—she had a Belize flag dress that was really stunning. And he dressed in just a typical Belize style costume. So that was really good. Jeanie Brooks also scored a second award on that night; she won the second prize for Belize song. And the first prize for Belize song went to Cecil Jenkins with his song border to border. Again another great stage presence he had singers, he had dancers.  And then carnival song; second place went to Leslie “Mister Bastic” Jenkins with his song represent. He really choreographed this well with of course dancers and flames coming out. And then of course our winner with Soca Session is Wilson Grinage…also a great performance. He was a dynamic performer moving to the left and the right. The winners really were the audience because they all got this great free show, great songs. And the audience participation ahead of time with the online voting made it an interactive affair.”


The Song Competition was organized by the Institute of Creative Arts and the National Celebrations Commission. 

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