Kweyol Song Com­pe­ti­tion fi­nals set for Oc­to­ber 24

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing of the An­nou Mangé, Dansé, Chanté en Kweyol Song Com­pe­ti­tion took place last night at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­ter and 16 con­tes­tants were cho­sen to com­pete in the fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion which will take place at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­ter on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 24, 2014.

The pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing was done from sub­mit­ted CDs of songs en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion by two ca­pa­ble judges – Cur­tis Sealy and Humphrey Inglis. Songs were cri­tiqued on en­ter­tain­ment value and ap­peal, cre­ativ­ity and use of the kweyol lan­guage. This is the third year De Soca-Lypso Re­vue is host­ing the An­nou Mangé, Dansé, Chanté en Kweyol event but the first year it is be­ing done as a com­pe­ti­tion. “We are very happy with the re­sponse re­ceived from our artistes and writ­ers,” says Gor­don Leon of De Re­vue.

“The ex­cite­ment has in­deed started. Last night our judges were treated to a feast of songs rang­ing from reg­gae to ca­lypso, to ca­dence, dance­hall and even a few bal­lads. What is even more ex­cit­ing is the num­ber of new­com­ers who have regis­tered. This will make for an in­ter­est­ing night of com­pe­ti­tion.”

The An­nou Mangé, Dansé, Chanté en Kweyol Song Com­pe­ti­tion forms part of the of­fi­cial cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties for the 2014 Kweyol Her­itage Month Cel­e­bra­tions sup­ported by the Folk Re­search Cen­ter and the Min­istry of Cre­ative In­dus­tries.

The fol­low­ing artistes will now com­pete as fi­nal­ists on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 24 from 8:00 pm at the NCC: Walleigh, Siah, Ally Cat, Ron­ald Dar­ius, Marha­lah, Mubarak, Aagee Simp­son, Si­maise, Ras Africa, Black Pearl, Mighty, Cleve, Buf­falo Zandilli, Subance and Umpa.

Th­ese artistes are in­vited to a meet­ing Satur­day Oc­to­ber 11 at 10:00 am to dis­cuss their par­tic­i­pa­tion and Rules of Com­pe­ti­tion. It will also be an op­por­tu­nity for the artistes to seek clar­i­fi­ca­tion on any is­sues they may have.

Prize monies for the event to­tal over $12,000 with the first prize be­ing EC$5,000. There is also a sep­a­rate award of EC$2,500 for the best writ­ten piece. The pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing for this will take place the week lead­ing up to Oc­to­ber 24 – com­pe­ti­tion night.

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