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Happy 50th Independence - Jamaica Festival Songs 1966-1999

Happy 50th Independence - Jamaica Festival Songs 1966-1999

Happy 50th Independence - Jamaica Festival Songs 1966-1998
The Popular Song Competition has taken place since 1966
1966 - The Maytals with "Bam Bam"
1967 - The Jamaicans with "Ba Ba Boom"
1968 - Desmond Dekker & The Aces with "Intensified Festival (Music Like dirt)"
1969 - The Maytals with "Sweet and Dandy"
1970 - Hopeton Lewis with "Boom Shaka Laka"
1971 - Eric Donaldson with "Cherry Oh Baby"
1972 - Toots & the Maytals with "Pomps and Pride"
1973 - Morvin Brooks with "Jump In The Line"
1974 - Tinga Stewart with "Play de Music"
1975 - Roman Stewart with "Hooray Festival"
1976 - Freddie McKay with "Dance This Ya Festival"
1977 - Eric Donaldson with "Sweet Jamaica"
1978 - Eric Donaldson with "Land of my Birth"
1979 - The Astronauts with "Born Jamaican"
1980 - Stanley & The Turbines with "Come Sing With Me"
1981 - Tinga Stewart with "Nuh Wey Nuh Betta Dan Yard"
1982 - The Astronauts with "Mek Wi Jam"
1983 - Ras Karbi with "Jamaica I'll Never Leave You"


Aldrean Watson

A love it......

Patrick Saintas

Thank you for sharing this, I love Reggae Music and plays some on my show MauritiusandMore on on Saturday between 1.00 and 2.00pm UK time followed by Gary Mepsted Reggae and Dub from 2.00 to 3.00. Listen to our community radio online

Earl Septii Panton

It's a nice compendium, documenting the winners of the competition's history. However, during the eras of the individual winners, revelers celebrated the losers also; perhaps more than the winners sometimes. Like in the case of "Baba Boom" in 1968, where the runner up "Unity" by Desmond Dekker & The Aces and "Move Up" by Al & The Vibrators created a divided rivalry that all three songs were strongly celebrated. There was some years where songs that didn't enter were hits in their own right like Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Nice Time" and The Techniques' "Run Come Celebrate, Festival '68" were totally outside of the competition but garnered exposure on the strength of their melodies or the group's or singer's fan base. Because after a while, it looked like the festival's selective body lost its way by choosing by payola or their particular interests.

Gudrun Dieckmann

nice old Style mix!!

Gudrun Dieckmann

Kaboooooom Mix!! Big up my friend!!! Stay blessed!! I enjoe it now :)



Dubwise Garage

1984 - Eric Donaldson with "Proud to be Jamaican"
1985 - Roy Rayon with "Love Fever"
1986 - Stanley & The Turbines with "Dem a fe Squirm"
1987 - Roy Rayon with "Give Thanks and Praise"
1988 - Singer Jay with "Jamaica Land We Love"
1989 - Michael Forbes with "Stop and Go"
1990 - Robbie Forbes with "Island Festival"
1991 - Roy Rayon with "Come Rock"
1992 - Heather Grant with "Mek wi Put Things Right"
1993 - Eric Donaldson with "Big It Up"
1994 - Stanley & The Astronauts with "Dem a Pollute"
1995 - Eric Donaldson with "Join de Line"
1996 - Zac Henrry & Donald White with "Meck We Go Spree"
1997 - Eric Donaldson with "Peace and Love"
1998 - Neville Martin with "Jamaica Whoa"