The Seychelles CD of carnival songs is available for purchase, ahead of next year’s “Carnaval International de Victoria” which will be held between 8-10 February, 2013.
This music compilation of 10 carnival songs has been produced following a song competition launched by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) for next year’s Carnaval International de Victoria set for February 8-10.
The 10 winning songs to feature on this music CD are: Nou Karnaval (Micheal Savy aka Ion Kid), Karnaval O Victoria (SeyToile – Terrence, Terry & Angelique), Carnaval Aux Seychelles (Daniella Larue).
Carnaval Aux Seychelles (Earonn Humhrey), Karnaval dan Kapital (Clifford Alexis), Carnaval des Seychelles (Herve Adrienne – Liba), Karnaval Viktorya (Clency Marengo aka Curious), Karnaval Ankor Enn Fwa (Louise, Ivan, Andy & Andrew), En lot Edisyon Karnaval’ (Eclispe – Herbert, Aubrey & Hubert) and Karnaval Mae Sesel (Yannick Raoudy).
Interestingly there was a tie between the last two songs, with both coming out in ninth place.
Altogether there were a total of 18 entries, and the 10 best songs that were short-listed as winners by a seven-member jury were awarded with cash prizes, ranging between R25,000 and R2,500.
The cash prize of R25, 000 went to the first winner. The second winner took home R15,000, the third won R10,000 and fourth pocketed R5,000. The fifth winner received R3,000 while the remaining winners were each rewarded with R2,500.
The 2013 Carnaval International de Victoria song competition was based on seven criteria. It was opened to musical artists of all ages who could have entered either as a solo artist or a group. All entries had to be in Creole, and should have not lasted more than five minutes.
The artists had to ensure that the songs were their own original compositions and had not been previously released on any CD, cassette and on any compilation or in other lyrics.
It was also important for the song to have not been previously aired on any radio stations, televisions and in any night clubs.
The 10 winning songs were revealed to the public during the official launch of the countdown of the Carnaval International de Victoria 2013 held at the Tequila Boom night club on November 30, 2012.
All winners of the competition were presented with their prizes at the ceremony by the Minister for Tourism & Culture Alain St Ange and the chief executive of the STB Elsia Grandcourt, in the presence of the Minister for Home Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan and other guests.
Four of the winning artists had the opportunity to sing their songs during the ceremony while the rest will have the chance to sing theirs during the carnival weekend.
The Carnaval International de Victoria compilation music CD are on sale at various sales points, including the National Arts Council store in Victoria, the Seychelles Tourism Office in Victoria and Praslin, as well as at its head office at Bel Ombre and at a stall at the Victoria Post Office.
The CD costs R100 and comes with two bonus tracks from the past two carnivals entitled Carnaval de Carnaval by Patrick Victor and Sa Karnaval by Jean-Marc Volcy.