The recent staging of the 2020 Jamaica Festival song competition was very different this year where we saw veteran artists in the music industry for the first time entering the July 26th coveted competition.
The grand prize that was on the table for the competition was $3million which was won by recently freed veteran Jamaican artist Buju Banton for his song “I am Jamaican”.
Buju Banton alongside 250 other people went up for the grand prize for which he came out victorious adding to his accolade this year of an RIAA Gold plaque for his 90’s album “Til Shiloh”.
The reggae star made it clear that his winnings would be contributed to the Sunbeam boys home, noting that the victory was for them.
He was very kind in his presentation as well as he took the courtesy of congratulating all the contenders for their efforts.
In leading up to the competition Buju Banton was sighted as a favorite as he used social media as a tactic to reach out to a lot of people telling them to vote.
Since Buju is a huge star that would mean that he would have gotten a competitive edge which indeed he saw as over 50000 fans like the Instagram post.
Coming in at second place was Papa Michigan and third was Sakina Deer which means that veteran artist Freddie Mcgregor and the known Nozzle man did not make the top 3.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Sports and Entertainment, the honorable Olivia Babsy Grange was also very pleased with the event despite the various hold-ups as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Buju Banton will also perform his winning “I am Jamaican” song at this year’s Jamaica Independence celebration on August 6.
Watch the music video for Buju’s song below