I was a little startled to see the suggestion in the Gleaner that Eric Donaldson’s iconic festival song “Land of my Birth” be named as the Jamaica 50 song. Why?

BECAUSE WE ALREADY HAVE A JAMAICA 50 SONG!!!!!


http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20111204/ent/ent7.html

In addition, the Jamaica 50 song is much more appropriate, in my view. This is because, although Eric Donaldson is undeniably talented, he is just one of our many gifted artistes. In comparison, the Jamaica 50 song, “Find the Flag” written by Mikey Bennett, brings together for this common, nationalistic cause many of our most talented and popular artistes, both vintage and contemporary,  to perform a catchy, energetic rendition that should find favour with Jamaicans – if they ever hear it!!

Let us not allow the hard work and talent of our musicians go to waste. This song should be played at every possible occasion, and given as much exposure as possible.

By August 6, 2012, every Jamaican should be able to sing along with it. And sure, we’ll also be singing “Land of my Birth.”

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