PHOTOS: 16 schools to battle for SunCity DJ crown
SJ Murphy, the 2016 winner from Eltham High School, shows off his skills at the launch of the 2020 SunCity High School Disc Jock Competition on Wednesday at the Courtleigh Hotel in St Andrew. (Photos: Shawn Barnes)
Sixteen schools will battle for bragging rights and total triumph over the next 10 weeks in the fifth staging of the SunCity High School Disc Jock Competition.
The broadcasting studios of organisers SunCity 104.9 FM will be transformed into the “ultimate battleground” over the course of the competition which will feature high energy and intense rounds of juggling from the participating schools across the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew, Clarendon, Manchester and St Catherine.
The winner will score an internship at Sun City 104.9FM, which will provide mentorship, honing of existing disc jock skills as well as training on all aspects of radio production and broadcasting.
At the launch, held at the Courtleigh Hotel in St Andrew on Wednesday, Steve Billings, CEO of Suncity 104.9FM, expressed excitement at the opportunity to once again provide a musical platform from which participating students are able to learn, grow and achieve great things.
He believes that by embracing music and entertainment, the nation's youth may be more inclined to view it as a viable and lucrative career path.
In the meantime, Dania Beckford, Director of Entertainment at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, encouraged students to own their craft as a main source of income and “to not treat it as a side hustle” in order to achieve the highest level of excellence.
Senior Marketing Manager at Loop Jamaica, Andrew Brown further highlighted the strength of brand Jamaica in the entertainment industry, not just locally but also worldwide. He concluded by urging the participants to “take this competition seriously as you never know who is watching.”
Among the highlights of the launch was a friendly battle between teachers 'Mr Hopkins' from Foga Road High School and 'Ms Tracey' from Jonathan Grant High School, both showcasing their very own DJ skills with a “tune for tune” clash, which caused the auditorium to erupt with excitement.
SunCity DJ Competition 2020 Launch
With a close call at the end of the segment, Foga Road’s Mr Hopkins walked away with the sponsor’s prize courtesy of Charles Chocolates – Bobbie Chocolates.
The entrants in attendance also showcased a snippet of what to expect in the upcoming competition which is set to start with the preliminary round running from Tuesday January 21 to March 17, with the grand finals set for March 21.