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Aug 9, 2013

National Song Competition will be live on 5

The national song competition takes place this Saturday night at the Memorial Park and you can catch it live on this station. The lineup includes a return of defending champions as well as top performers in the music industry all hoping to walk away with titles in the different categories. Duane Moody caught up with the singers who all intend to give their best vocal performance accompanied by a live band.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Many persons are expected to attend and view the National Song Competition 2013 as it kicks off at seven p.m. on Saturday at the Memorial Park in Belize City. Some nineteen performances will take the stage in the patriotic, carnival and junior segments. Defending Champ for patriotic song is well known artist, Nello Player. This year, he has a surprise up his sleeve with his track, “Da Belize eh Deh.”


Nello Player

Nello Player, Defending Champion, Patriotic Segment, National Song Competition

“I know I had to come different this year. I mean this is my fourth time in the competition and so I figured I can’t repeat what I did in any of the past three times of the competition. So “Dah Belize Eh Deh.” I did this song a few days actually before the deadline—the instrumentation and the song itself. Every time I sit to work on it, I am around people, friends; my manager, close friends, family and I tend to… Before I actually came up with the song I say weh di song wah name? So we name the song before we actually made the song. I got a consensus. Somebody say proud Belizean; somebody say dah Belize eh deh. So this is the first time I actually have a song that has two names. If you notice it has “Dah Belize Eh Deh and in brackets afterwards “Proud Belizean.”


Eight others would like to take that title including names such as Deborah Pitts, Reecie Pollard and Glenford Gentle from Belmopan. But it is Wilson Grinage, who says he will own the stage and win the competition.


Wilson Grinage

Wilson Grinage, Finalist, Patriotic Segment, National Song Competition

“I’m just going out there and be myself and not try to imitate anyone. I won’t try to be the next Machel or the male Destra. I’m just gonna bring Wilson Grinage to the table. And what people out there are used to is me doing the slow ballads and those R&B songs, but I’ve surprised myself with this project and like I said, I’m just going out there and give it my all. In the song, I talk about different wonders that Belize has to offer and the people and how they react to tourists that are coming in and how we treat each other on a daily basis. So basically that I try to summarize within a three minute song.”


All performers, while they submitted their tracks will have to perform their original songs with a live band come Saturday night.  Pumped to bring the carnival vibe in full swing is Bad Gyal Sharon Martinez. She is defending the title with “Carnival Eena Yoh.”


Sharon Martinez

Sharon Martinez, Defending Champion, Carnival Segment, National Song Competition

“This year I decided to bring something more hotter, more flavor, more road march. So I decide to bring “Canival Eena Yo.” I just sit down and think of something weh the carnival groups and people woudla really like and dah soh I come up with it.  Last year it was just pure raw talent. I went on the stage without backup singers, without even dancers right. And this year I try to put in all of that. This year I tried to put in all of that…I have mi dancers, I have mi backup singers so it wah nicer this year.”


TR Shine has competed for three years taking third and second place before…this time, he wants to dethrone Bad Gyal Sharon and become carnival king.


Ivan “TR Shine” Burgess

Ivan “TR Shine” Burgess, Finalist, Carnival Segment, National Song Competition

“You can expect something just off the grid. The name of my song goes by “Kick off the Carnival.” And the inspiration simply came from the surrounding things that’s happening with the football team going out there; Belizean people uniting as one; nevertheless it is all that. And the feeling just deh deh from deep inside. It is not about the prize or anything. Dah just Belize we deh.”


Apart from cash prizes and trophies, this year, the winner gets a chance to represent Belize at an international festival in the U.S.  Duane Moody for News Five.


As we said, the event is schedule to kick off at seven p.m. so stay with us here at Channel Five for the live performances which carries a hefty weight of eighty percent of the total scores.

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