UK singing sensation, Zeena Banks, is set to tour Jamaica this week to perform her winning song, ‘Who run de world, Jamaica.’
Zeena, who swept away the title at the UK Jamaica 55, Song 4 Jamaica competition will be attending numerous events to commemorate Jamaica’s 55th Independence Day celebrations.
Contestants had to write and perform a song in any Reggae genre and the competition commenced with regional heats throughout the UK, ending on 25th June with a grand finale in London. The event is being heralded as a symbol of the mission to promote the roots of Jamaicans abroad and connect the diaspora for cultural and business purposes.
Hosted in previous years by UKUNSIGNED a successful partnership was launched for 2017 with Jamaicans Inspired UK/EU (JAMIN) and Song 4 Jamaica was endorsed as an official Jamaica 55 event. Supporters included Grace Foods, Luxury Events Group, MediaNet and Victoria Mutual Building Society.
Zeena, who originally hails from St. Mary, Jamaica grew up listening to Reggae. She moved to the UK in 2002 but still has fond memories of the live sound systems she listened to most weekends when international artists would perform. Her style is unique and she is the only artiste to mix Mento, Reggae and Dancehall.
“I’m looking forward to my tour and I’m very happy that I’m going to be in Jamaica at a time when people are going to be most united because of the celebrations. I have a lot of work to do but it’s a time of good feeling in Jamaica so I’m aiming to have fun too,” she said.
She will be performing at celebratory events in Jamaica including the Standing Ovation ceremony at the National Stadium and the Manchester Big Stage Parish Finals.
Chair of JAMIN, Nathaniel Peat, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for the diaspora to connect back to Jamaica through music on Jamaica’s 55th Independence. Zeena is going to have a busy time in Jamaica. She is due to appear on CVM Morning on Tuesday and during the week she’ll be performing at some of the key events taking place as part of the celebrations for Independence. She will also be visiting the Maxfield Park Children’s Home at Half Way Tree. Jamaicans Inspired is empowered to reconnect the diaspora back to Jamaica and showcase the best of Jamaica in the diaspora regions.”