The annual Festival Song Competition, one of the highlights of Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations, will return in 2018.
Culture Minister Olivia Grange said in the absence of this year’s staging, the ministry is producing a commemorative album featuring a compilation of past entries not making it to the winners’ enclosure.
The album will also include new songs that have been commissioned from local producers.
In a bid to improve on the quality of the songs submitted, beginning next year, workshops will be held islandwide for prospective entrants prior to selections being made.
The inaugural Festival Song Competition was held in 1966, with the group, Toots and The Maytals, copping the honours with their seminal composition titled Bam Bam.