Kharuso is Mr Festival; collects historic $1m cheque from Claro
IN an outstanding victory at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Delisser 'Kharuso' McFarlane took top prize in an electrifying and renewed Festival Song Competition finals hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission last Friday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.
With the theme of most of the songs being "Jamaica sweet", the 10 finalists made their final campaign to join the ranks of other past winners including Toots and the Maytals and Eric Donaldson.
An energetic McFarlane copped the richest prize package in the history of the competition taking home more than 1.1 million dollars in cash and a brand new 2010 Nissan Tiida motor car.
Collecting a mega cheque for $1million courtesy of title sponsor Claro and the motor vehicle courtesy of Fidelity Motors, he also copped the sectional award for Best Performer valued at $40,000 from Capital & Credit Merchant Bank for his entry My Jamaica.
Performances deserving of special mention came from Phylbert 'Petrol' Graham, singer and song writer of the entry Island in the Sun, who placed second and was awarded $250,000 courtesy of Tastee along with the Claro 'Voter's Choice Award' of further $25,000, a cellular phone and a trophy.
The video for Petrol's entry directed by Gregory 'Asha' McPhail also received the "Best Video" award.
A vibrant Salome 'Nikki Dillon' Posyer, the only female in the competition, placed third with her entry Di Land We Love and collected $100,000 courtesy of sponsor Real Vibes Party Wine.