Following a nail-biting finale featuring 12 stellar acts, singer Stacey ‘Stacious’ Scarlett-Bryan was declared the 2021 Jamaica Festival Song Competition champ.
Stacious was elated to receive the J$3million grand prize, sponsored, in part by digital operators Digicel.
And, the look of pride was all over her face as she received the cheque from the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and Digicel Jamaica Brand Marketing Manager Reshima Kelly-Williams.
Some fans, however, were disappointed with the news and have sent the singer direct messages on Instagram and other mediums blatantly expressing their disapproval.
One woman, who sent a voice note on Instagram to Stacious made claims that neither Stacious nor the previous winner Buju Banton deserves the title or cash prize.
She even went on to say that artists such as Buju Banton and Stacious ‘deprive the rest of the poor community’.
‘This type of harassment is unfair to me‼️’ Stacious responded, reminding folks that the competition has always been a platform for seasoned artistes.
She also reminded readers/followers that Buju Banton and Bob Marley previously entered the competition and that Toots and The Maytals ‘dominated the competition years in a row’.
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Prior to sharing the voice note of this disgruntled viewer, however, Stacious shared a video thanking her supporters for votes and acknowledging the negative comments she’s been privy to.
She was even moved to tears at one point, expressing profuse gratitude to the contestants, judges, supporters and everyone who voted for her ‘on dem two phone’ and cheered her on throughout the competition.
It is important to note that Fab 5, I Octane, Lutan Fyah, and Althea Hewitt are listed among the finalists for the 2021 Jamaica Festival Song competition.
Since 1966, the Jamaica Festival Song Competition has been embedded in the music and culture landscape. It is today, the longest-running original song contest on the island.
The Competition has become a showground for aspiring artistes, songwriters and producers to showcase their talents and aims to identify a new and original song that is reflective of the spirit of the Jamaican people.
The song provides a musical backdrop for the annual celebration of Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence and should stir a feeling of celebration and should be about Jamaica or Jamaican Culture. The rhythm must be Jamaican and the sound should generate mass appeal.
Toots and the Maytals, Eric Donaldson, Desmond Decker, Roy Rayon and Stanley Beckford are some of the past winners, who have gone on to make their mark globally.
This also marks Digicel’s second year as a key sponsor of the annual Festival Song Competition; which is a continuation of the digital operators’ support for the arts and culture in Jamaica for over 20 years.