Search is on for JAMBANA Idol

Exco Levi will provide a writing session as part of the prize package. Photo by Michael Chambers.
Exco Levi will provide a writing session as part of the prize package. Photo by Michael Chambers.

Would you like to be the next JAMBANA Idol?

One World Festival is looking for up-and-coming talent that includes the ability for participants to submit their talents online via a specialized link

Whether dance, spoken word, comedy, or live performance, performers can submit a 60-second video and contact information until July 17. The top five entrants will be selected and voted on between July 20 and 24.

The JAMBANA Idol will win prizes and a coveted spot to perform on Aug. 2 and 3 on the seventh-annual JAMBANA One World Festival stage in front of an expected 20,000 attendees at Markham Fair Grounds.

Three winners will be selected July 27 and will perform on Aug. 3 at the festival, at which time the audience will decide the ultimate winner of JAMBANA Idol 2015.

There will be cash prizes, a recording session with internationally acclaimed musicians and a performance spot on the JAMBANA One World Festival 2016 stage. As well, the winner gets a writing session with four-time Juno Award winner Exco Levi, currently on a European tour.

Denise Jones, CEO and co-founder of JAMBANA One World Festival, said, “We continue to get a great deal of email and phone calls from aspiring artists who want a chance to perform on the JAMBANA One World Festival stage, so we thought to combine the inquiries with our talent search we started in the 80’s and give artists a chance to perform and work professionally with some of the best musicians, and receive a lot of attention.

“We know the next ‘great’ is in our midst.”

JAMBANA One World Festival announced this year’s performers will include the Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds, Reggae sensation Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Australian-born artist Nattali Rize & Notis, Dancehall Sensation Gully Bop, veteran performer Ernie Smith, funnyman Majah Hype, Steele, George Banton, Nana McLean, Kiprich and Fab 5.

Presented by Western Union, JAMBANA Idol is a modern-day extension of the Jones & Jones Talent Search that started in Toronto in 1988.

Updates on the progress of JAMBANA Idol are at @JAMBANAFestival on Twitter and Instagram.