By Nokwanda Sibandze | 2020-05-06
AWARD winning singer Symphony has been chosen as one of AfriMusic Contest judges for 2020.
The singer is not new to the competition as she was the first ever winner of the competition back in 2018. She won the world’s admiration with her single ‘Sengikhona’.
She joined a panel of judges that had other music geniuses around Arica.
These included Roy van der Merwe, CEO of ESCCovers (Eurovision South Africa), singer and songwriter Victor Nunes, Kalin Pashaliev Editor-in-Chief (Music In Africa) and Operations Consultant in Music Marketing Benewaah Boateng, amongst many others. The AfriMusic Song Contest is the first and biggest music competition platform of its kind in Africa. In 2018, Symphony represented Eswatini where she won the contest while singer-songwriter Nonzwakazki representing South Africa, won the 2019 contest, with her song ‘Phakama Mbokodo’, which means ‘Rise Women’.
Both artists were awarded with an opportunity to represent their artistry and their country, with an all-expenses-paid trip to perform abroad, as part of the Eurovision Song Contest.
This year Nigerian rising star Dhortune ThatOndoBoy has taken the title of the third AfriMusic Song Contest winner. Dhortune is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and performing artist.
Symphony expressed her gratitude to her fans for the support and AfriMusic for choosing her. “It feels great and I am more than grateful for this opportunity. When I first saw the entries I was surprised that one of the people I would judge with was South African singer Holley Rey.
This whole thing gave me a huge lesson on life. It is crazy to be on a site where someone’s dream is in your hands,” she said. She said the 2020 contest has taken place and the qualities included originality.
“AfriMusic is big on selling what Africa uniquely has,” she said.
She said during the competition she advised contestants to hold on the power of uniqueness as it’s something they don’t want to let go of because it is their strength.
She as a judge she mostly looked for meaning and honesty.
“Music is an experience, an emotional one. Music takes one to places in himself/herself they never knew they had. I must feel something when I hear a song, I must believe in the singer.
It’s easy to spot someone who does it for fame and one who does it from the heart,” she said. Symphony said she believed that being one of the judges at the competition was awesome.
“It’s definitely a highlight in my career and I believe there’s more,” he said.
Pre-registration for the 2021 contest will open soon.
All African citizens living in Africa and abroad are invited to enter. Further details will be announced on AfriMusic’s social media platforms.
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