By Nomfundo Sifundza | 2018-10-03
THE first of November will mark the official opening of applications to the AfriMusic Song Contest 2019.
This is the same contest which was won by urban soul singer Symphony who triumphed over all African singers to claim the top spot in the international competition earlier this year.
The AfriMusic Song Contest currently has the pre-registration phase running which will close on October 13. Afterwards, entries will open on November 1 until January 6, 2019.
The free entry contest allows African singers and songwriters to compete for the ultimate award.
The finals will take place in March 2019 on a date yet to be announced.
All local singers and songwriters are invited to enter the competition; however, all are urged to adhere to the application rules.
Music distributor based in the United Kingdom Sibusiso ‘King Siso’ Ntshangase advised all applicants to adhere to the rules so not to be disqualified.
Ntshangase noted that the rules are strict and there will not be any leniency offered to any country participating.
He urged applicants to make use of his email firstname.lastname@example.org to email to him their application prospects so he could assess and ensure that all is well before submitting the application.
“We will do our best to ensure applicants have all the necessary data and files needed for their applications,” he said.
To pre-register singers and songwriters can go online to www.afrimusicsogcontest.com and they can also use the same website for the applications once the period is open.
It is worth noting that the AfriMusic Song Contest is divided into four phases; the first phase is the call for entries followed by the internal vetting which is done by the AfriMusic Executive Committee. At this phase the EXCO selects a maximum of 20 top songs that comply with all criteria in the rules.
Phase three is the national selections which takes place in every participating country. This is also the stage where the public comes in to play by voting via SMS.
The last phase of the song contest is the grand finale which determines the best song on the African continent. The public and judges votes are combined to determine the eventual winner of the contest.
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