Sunday 17 November, 2019

Ardenne student tops Rita Marley Foundation’s Song Writing Competition

Afaya Pollack (right) won ahead of schoolmate Ruwenzori Ra (centre) who collected $25,000 and York Castle High School’s Shawvick Barrett who got $15,000 for his effort.

Afaya Pollack (right) won ahead of schoolmate Ruwenzori Ra (centre) who collected $25,000 and York Castle High School’s Shawvick Barrett who got $15,000 for his effort.

Ardenne High School student Afaya Pollack was on Monday awarded the winning prize of $50,000 in the inaugural Rita Marley Foundation’s Song Writing Competition.

Pollack won ahead of schoolmate Ruwenzori Ra, who collected $25,000 and York Castle High School’s Shawvick Barrett who got $15,000 for his effort. 

Pollack admitted waiting until the last minute to compose the winning entry. She said it was her mother, who instructed her to get the job done. 

“My mother told me about the competition two weeks before and I showed no interest at all until that night when she said, ‘you are going to write it’,” she said.

Renowned musician Grub Cooper will compose music to go with the winning entry, according to Rita Marley Foundation’s manager Rosemary Duncan.

Chief judge for the competition Vernon Derby said the shortlisted entries were of high quality with the winning entry conveying the message best. 

Check out the gallery for highlights of the awards ceremony by Marlon Reid. 

Rita Marley Foundation song competition


 

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