Registration for the 2024 edition of the Mashramani Song Competition is already underway, and the Guyanese Department of Public Information is encouraging participants to make their submissions. The organiser of the annual competition, namely The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, has chosen Georgetown as the festival venue and is soon to release a schedule of events.
2024’s edition will feature classic categories including Adult Soca Monarch, Adult Calypso Monarch, Adult Chutney Monarch, Junior Soca Monarch and Junior Calypso Monarch. Additionally, the event hosts have introduced the Dancehall category to evolve and enrich the celebrations and support emerging genres in Guyana.
The Mashramani festival began as a celebration and commemoration of Guyana’s political independence. It continued to evolve and encompass an appreciation of the culture and heritage of the nation. One of the festival’s highlights is a parade where steel bands in costumes walk and play down the streets of Georgetown.
The registration period which was the 31 December, 2023 has now been extended to Monday 8 January, interested parties are advised to apply as soon as possible. To register and for more information on the competition select one of the following categories Soca, Chutney, Calypso, Junior Calypso, Junior Soca and Dancehall.
More information can also be found on the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport – Guyana Facebook page.