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#490158 - 04/30/14 11:42 AM 2014 National Song Competition
Marty Offline
The National Song Competition sets the tone for the celebration atmosphere each year for the annual September festivities. This year for the first time, the competition will be branching out to the districts offering both workshops and stage performances to the artists and song writers residing in the districts. The winners of these district competitions will be invited on the National stage on August 9th, 2014.

To launch this exciting new venture, the National Celebrations Commission is pleased to announce the launch of the National Song Competition 2014 to be held tomorrow August 30th, 2014 at the House of Culture Ball Room starting at 1:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend...


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#490348 - 05/04/14 10:55 AM Re: 2014 National Song Competition [Re: Marty]
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NICH raises the bar for National Song Competition

The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the National Celebrations Commission (NCC) launched its annual song competition this week. NICH says that heavier emphasis will be placed on lyrical content this year.

President of NICH and co-chair of the NCC, Diane Haylock explained that the commission has decided to make major changes in the format of the competition this year because over the past few years they have had concerns about the quality of submissions, particularly the lyrics. “We feel that the content of the songs are not as rich as it could be and part of our objective at NICH is to really see the growth and development of our music industry in Belize,” Haylock said.

Haylock explained that NICH intends to work with artists to help them improve the quality of their lyrics and their music. It will do so by organizing workshops to work closely with the artists participating in the competition and will provide technical assistance for them. This assistance includes guiding artists to use proper grammar, staying away from repetitive lyrics, making sure that the lyrical content is appropriate and making sure the music is cohesive.

According to NICH, over the years they have had concerns with all of these issues.

The Reporter


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#491562 - 05/29/14 11:37 AM Re: 2014 National Song Competition [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Calling all Artists and Song Writers... Please take note!!!


Workshops for the National Song Competition 2014 begins this weekend

The National Song Competition sets the tone for the celebration atmosphere each year for the annual September celebrations. This year for the first time, the competition will be branching out to the districts offering both workshops and stage performances to the artists and song writers in the four regions of the country. In lieu of this the National Celebrations Commission in association with Atlantic International Bank presents artist workshops to kick off this year’s National Song Competition season.

Facilitating the workshop will be some of the leading musicians currently in Belize and topics to be covered include:

Lyrical Content; Song Writing; Stage Performance among many others.

Workshops will be held:

In the South (The entire Toledo and Stann Creek Districts) on May 31th in Dangriga at the Ecumenical Junior College, contact person, Barbara Noralez.

In the North (Orange Walk and Corozal Districts), workshops will be held at the Banquitas House of Culture on June 14th, Contact Person – Ms. Yvette Torres

In the East (Belize District including the Cayes) on June 21st at the House of Culture House, contact person, Joseph Stamp Romero.

In the West (The entire Cayo district including Belmopan), on June 27th at the Cayo Welcome Centre, contact person Shari Obando

All workshops will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. free of cost. Winners from each competition will be invited to take part at the National Song Competition to be held on August 9th, 2014.

For any detailed information, feel free to contact Shari Williams at the Institute of Creative Arts at telephone number 227-2110/ 227-2458 or email at shari@nichbelize.org


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#494298 - 08/06/14 10:35 AM Re: 2014 National Song Competition [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Who Will Be The Best Songster or Songstress?
3 weeks ago, we showed you preliminary rounds for the 2014 National Song Competition. Today, the National Celebrations Commission hosted an opening ceremony and invited the media to get to know all 17 finalists from all corners of the country who will perform this weekend. 7News attended and spoke with the newcomers and the defending champs about the show they intend to put on.

The finals will be held on this Saturday and we'll carry it live on Channel 7.


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#494461 - 08/11/14 11:05 AM Re: 2014 National Song Competition [Re: Marty]
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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 Nello Player, TR Shine repeat as National Song Champions

Nello Player

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.

TR shine Nello Player, TR Shine repeat as National Song Champions

TR Shine

“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.

cecil jenkins jr Nello Player, TR Shine repeat as National Song Champions

Cecil Jenkins

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.

tara gill Nello Player, TR Shine repeat as National Song Champions

Tara Gill

ernestine carballo1 Nello Player, TR Shine repeat as National Song Champions

Ernestine Carballo

Patrick Jones


Jael August - My Belize Official Video


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#494591 - 08/14/14 11:46 AM Re: 2014 National Song Competition [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Fantastic set of photos of the competition here….

Talented Belizean Artists took to the stage at the 2014 Belize National Song Competition
The festivities started off on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 when talented Belizean artists took to the stage in hopes of winning and taking the title for their respective divisions of music. The National Song Competition is broken into three Divisions; Junior Belize Song, Senior Belize Song and Carnival Song Divisions. There was a really good cross section of artists from all over Belize, some are new artists and some are experienced artists. The artists really came out singing at their very best and some surely entertained in style, showcasing Belizean patriotic costumes to heighten the mood and feeling of their songs. Here are some of the photos from the night, courtesy of Will Moreno Photography


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#494734 - 08/18/14 11:05 AM Re: 2014 National Song Competition [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Belize National Song competition 2014
With The September celebrations just around the corner, Belizeans have been preparing for a colorful month of parades and dancing. One of the most important activities leading up to the seemingly endless festivities is the National Song Competition put on by the the National Institute of Culture History, Atlantic Bank and National Celebrations Commission. It sets the stage for the coming month, this year’s celebrations were themed “Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds together for Belize.”

The evening was filled with loads of family friendly fun and great entertainment celebrating our beautiful Belize.This was the sixth year and the party was packed with Belizeans from near and far, as many fans came from other districts to cheer on their favorite talent. Memorial Park in Belize City quickly came alive as eighteen performers wowed the crowd and the judges. We saw performances by four juniors, eight in the Belize Song category, and six in the Carnival Song Category. The Gillharry 7, also known as the G7 band from Corozal and MC Dillon Jones of Universal Radio in Orange walk were also a continuous and enjoyable part of the evening’s entertainment.


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