The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is to be heartily praised for the wonderful job they are doing promoting Jamaican cultural expression. They are the unit responsible for producing the annual Festival song competition. I would go out on a limb and say 90% of Jamaicans over the age of 25 have a special place in their heart for festival songs. The songs evoke a pleasant nationalism and pride (as they were intended to) that remind many of us of our youth.
Congratulations to Kharuso, winner of this year's Festival song contest!
JaCulture has compiled a list of our favourite festival songs from back in the day. We hope you enjoy them as we do not only during the Emancipation and Independence Celebrations but all year round.