Kweyol Song Competition finals set for October 24
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.