Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014. 9:41 pm CST.
Sunday, August 10, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Memorial Park hosted a record crowd attending the sixth annual National Song Competition Final on Saturday night in Belize City.
The 15 finalists impressed all present with the range of their performance and enthusiasm for creating the soundtrack of the upcoming September Celebrations.
But only six prizes were available, and after three hours of competition three familiar names appeared at the top.
Nello Player (full name Kernelle Parks) was named Belize Song Category champion in the Senior Division, besting Ernestine Carballo with his song “Real Belizean.”
In the Carnival category, it was Ivan “TR Shine” Burgess who beat Carballo to top prize with “Borderline,” exhorting Belizeans to defend our borders.
“Real Belizean” and “Borderline” also took home the special “People’s Choice” Award and another $500 for their composers, who each won $6,000 cash, a music video to accompany the song and $2,500 toward participation in a regional festival.
Carballo took home $3,000 for second prize in both categories.
The junior division champion was Cecil Jenkins Jr, besting Tara Gill of Dangriga and defending champion Jael August.
Performing duo Shameeka Moir and Earlyn Hutchinson of Belmopan and Leslie “Bastic” Jenkins were named “Breakout Artist of the Year” for their compositions in both categories.
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