The National Song Competition finals was held on Saturday at the Memorial Park in Belize City where Belize City media are reporting saw a record crowd attending the event.
In the sixth event of its kind, there were fifteen finalists. The song battles were in three categories – Belize Song Category Junior and Senior, and Carnival divisions. The songs were original compositions and at the end of the three hour long presentations, the three winners were announced. In the Senior Division, Nello Player, real name Kernelle Parks, took home the prize of Best Belize Song in the Senior Division with his original piece “Real Belizean”.
In the Junior Division, Cecil Jenkins Jr took the prize. In the Carnival Category, Ivan “TR Shine” Burgess won with his song “Borderline” in which he encouraged Belizeans to defend our borders. With their winning songs, Nello Player and TR Shine also took the special “People’s Choice” Award, six thousand dollars each and an additional five hundred dollars for their composers. They also won a music video to accompany their song and a $2,500 towards participation in a regional festival.
And while she was bested in this year’s competitions, Ernestine Carballo did not walk home empty handed as she took home three thousand dollars for second prize in the Best Belize Song in the Senior Division and the Carnival category. Others to obtain recognition in the competition were duo Shameeka Moir and Earlyn Hutchinson of Belmopan and Leslie “Bastic” Jenkins who were named “Breakout Artist of the Year” for their compositions.
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