by Howard Campbell
[ATLANTA] – IRIE, a feel-good track by Goddy Son, received the Jamaica Worldwide Independence Overseas Music Competitors (JIIFSC) on July 30 at Shiloh Excessive College’s Theater in Snellville, Georgia.
The New York-based artiste topped six rivals along with his mid-tempo single which was a crowd favourite. He received $8,000.
In second was the 2021 winner Lavie Lujah with Jamaica Rise N Shine, which earned him $4,000, with third going to Nikki Spice for I Miss You Jamaica, for which she earned $1,000.
5 of the finalists represented the US, and two competed for Canada.
Garfield McCook, founder and promoter of the occasion, stated there was appreciable enchancment on final yr’s present.
“The artists had been anxious and excited to carry out and so they had been well-received by the viewers who had been rocking all evening,” he declared.
A longtime Atlanta resident, McCook launched the JIIFSC final yr with a platform much like the long-running Pageant Music Competitors in Jamaica.
Singer Irie with Mamma Jamaica, George Prophet (Have a good time), Bobby Dockery (Jamaica Vacation) and Ms Tina Lou (Gi mi Black Inexperienced N Gold) accomplished the 2022 JIIFSC discipline.
There have been 5 judges — Shelly Thunder, Erica Newell, Dr Garnet Mowatt, Wayne Corridor and Twiggi.