National Anthem

Jamaica's Anthem and History

This anthem was written to show people how loving and beautiful Jamaica is. The author was Hugh Sherlock. The music was composed by Robert Lightbourne. He wrote the anthem to show respect to the Jamaica. This is some history about Jamaica. On August 5, 1962, the strains of the national anthem were heard for the first time while Union Jacks were lowered and the Jamaican flag unveiled. Over 20,000 people proudly joined in the celebration of movement from colonialism to self-government. Kingston and all other parish capitals were resplendent with flags and bunting, and many civic and social events took place, including dancing in the streets.

Theodore Sealy was appointed Chairman of the Independence Committee which was charged with choosing the island's national symbols, flag, and anthem. Hector Wynter, who, like all sitting Senators at the time, had the opportunity to serve on this committee, remembers that experience as a smooth process in which all were untied by enthusiasm.

Jamaica had emerged as a world leader in export of rum, coffee, yams, beverages, chemicals, and mineral. In 2014, Jamaica has a population of 2,930,050 people. Jamaica is home to many religions such as Christians, Roman Catholics, Rastafarian and others. Jamaica's economy is depended upon tourism. Jamaica produces many talented sportspeople, especially in track & field such as Usain Bolt, Johan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. In Jamaica they drive on the left-hand side of the road. They have a tropical climate and prone to hurricanes. Jamaica has a long mountain range called Blue Mountain. The people make Jamaica and Jamaica makes the people



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