By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Hashim Lewis is the winner of the “Nevis Song Competition” put on by the Nevis Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Culturama Secretariat, with his thrilling rendition of “Nevis Nice”.
The winner was announced at the Bringing Life and Culture (BLAC) event hosted by Desery Ottley and Shonroy Caesar on Thursday evening, September 17, 2020, at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre.
From the 12 entries submitted, six finalists were chosen to perform at BLAC which also saw cultural performances by Queens City Symphony and Masquerade. Hashim Lewis, who actually performed remotely from Tortola, took home the Grand Prize of $5000 with his fascinating medley “Nevis Nice”, an orginal song.
The other finalists were Andrew “Murray” Hendrickson with “Nevis is Number One”; Sidondre Flemming with “Perfect Place”; Joyelle Phillip with “That’s Who We Are”; Venelle Powell with “Welcome to Nevis”; and Delison “Xman” Roper with “Island Paradise”.
Mr. Lewis’ winning song will be professionally mixed and mastered by an internationally acclaimed music producer, Drew Crib from Barbados. He will also have an opportunity to sing on a rhythm that is either performed or produced by an internationally recognized music producer.
The prize-winning song was selected by a top-quality judging panel comprised of local, regional and international music producers, songwriters and performers. The seven-member panel of judges were: The Voice winner Tessanne Chin; Soca superstar Alison Hinds; Soca king Ricardo Drue; Composer Hanzel Manners; Gloria Esdaille Robinson, aka Queeny-G, who dominated the pageant stage and attained various titles and placements in the St. Kitts carnival; and Warren Moving, an experienced judge, solo and choir singer and poetry composer.