Shanice Langford

Shanice Langford of Newtown has emerged as the winner of the first-ever ‘Shat out Violence’ song competition (‘shat’ is the cocoy word for ‘shut’).

The event was held at the Arawak House of Culture and was organized by the Youth Development Division.

Langford was able to outperform 11 other contestants to gain the top spot while Marvin Jervier got the second place position and MRB & Spidey grabbed third position.

Speaking to Kairi FM after the show Langford said she was elated to have captured the number one spot. “I am elated, very elated,” she said. “I had a lot of sleepless nights and it did cost a lot of work.”

The 19-year-old’s song was entitled “Nation’s Cry” and she won $3,000 for her effort.

Jervier received $1,500 for his second place position while the third place winner got $750.

The ‘Shat out Violence’ song contest was preceded by a series of song writing workshops on the topic for youth on the island organized by the Youth Development Division.

Participants at these workshops were then given the opportunity to take part in zonal competitions which culminated in the grand final at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday, September 26.

Twelve individuals and groups participated in the final.