AfriMusic Song Contest is excited to announce the winner of the 2019 instalment of the contest…
Nonzwakazi with her song, Phakama Mbokodo representing South Africa !!!!
Nonzwakazi was in the lead with an amazing total score of 10 points, which was made up of an 8-point rank by the public vote and a 12 point rank by the judges votes. In second place with a total of 7.5 points was Mozambiques Jay Arghh A.K.A. JR with his song Carlitos followed by Towela Kaira from Zambia with her song Gold with 7 points.
Nonzwakazi (Siphokazi Maphumulo) is a South African Durban-based performing artist who does Afro-pop, soul & classical music. She completed her Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She has done professional theatre productions, public and private performances and formal events with the famous KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO).
Nonzwakazi is popularly known as a member of the well-known Clermont Choir and has been a member for the past 8 years. Her charismatic performances with the choir have propelled her to grow as a solo artist and her versatility is evident.
Nonzwakazi’s winning song Phakama Mbokodo is a motivational song, dedicated to all women; young and old. It talks about the challenges faced by women and how they always rise and fight whatever they face.
“We did it again, the second edition of the AfriMusic Song Contest has been successful and our winning song takes us to the next level. Two years in a row powerful female artists’ have taken the win. We had really good contenders again this year. The competition was tight and in our opinion, all 20 entrants were winners. Africa has an abundance of talent and the reason why we do what we do, is to take untapped talent and expose them to the rest of the world. Israel is very excited to host us at the Eurovillage for the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place next month and the fans in Tel Aviv, will no doubt be amazed with how beautiful and talented Africa’s artists are. We are very excited to see how the rest of the world will react to Nonzwakazi. We cannot wait to share in her journey and then share it with the rest of Africa. We are here, we are strong, we are music… we are uniting Africa through song, building the bridge between Africa and the rest of the world!” said Michelle Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer of the AfriMusic Song Contest.
The results were very close and all artists did very well, the organizers have revealed and shared the scoring and how the process has worked on the AfriMusic Song Contest website.
The contest ranked the public & judges scores. The highest being 12 points followed by 10 then 8 to 1. The two ranks are then added together and divided by two, as the public votes contribute to 50% of the overall score and the judges votes the remaining 50%. The scores were as follows:”
|COUNTRY||ARTIST & SONG||PUBLIC VOTES||RANK||JUDGES VOTES||RANK||TOTAL SCORE|
|South Africa||Nonzwakai – Phakama Mbokodo||269,375||8||7,84||12||10|
|Mozambique||Jay Arghh A.K.A JR – Carlitos||442,375||10||6,06||5||7,5|
|Zambia||Towela Kaira – Gold||68,614||4||6,97||10||7|
|Ghana||Ssue – Hypnotize||521,792||12||5,76||1||6,5|
|South Africa||Lindia Kilian – I Will Never Fight Again||71,885||5||6,28||6||5,5|
|Ghana||Siboat – Always & Forever||190,849||7||6||3||5|
|Nigeria||Easrel – FunWon Tan||11,985||1||6,48||8||4,5|
|Rwanda||Iyamuremye Serge – Yari Ngewe||114||1||6,42||7||4|
|Ghana||Da Saama – Cross Road||130,169||6||4,76||1||3,5|
|Kingdom of eSwatini||Amanda Mo – Uwami||6,023||1||6,02||4||2,5|
|South Africa||Mellow – Ho Tlaba Jwang||63,551||3||5,88||2||2,5|
|Ghana||Efe Keyz – Juju||54,604||2||5,48||1||1,5|
|Kingdom of eSwatini||Miss Trophy – Ngik’tsandzile||14,644||1||5,80||1||1|
|South Africa||Kelstar – Can We Go Back||9,289||1||5,80||1||1|
|Cameroon||Joahn Lover – Game Over||6,765||1||5,75||1||1|
|Nigeria||Alvan Morris – Dancehall on Fire||7,362||1||5,64||1||1|
|Malawi||Mungo Logoya – Come Thru||4,324||1||5,44||1||1|
|Côte d’Ivoire||Cynthia Dembele – Merci||16,638||1||5,30||1||1|
|Ghana||Dee Tutu – Thunder Fire||21,898||1||5,08||1||1|
|Nigeria||Laz B – Oleburuku||24,096||1||4,73||1||1|
“Congratulations Nonzwakazi, we are very proud of your achievements and we are excited to work with you. The AfriMusic Song Contest have been very busy with plans to grow our platform and provide something concrete for all of our contest artists. With South Africa having won this year, we will be working hard to introduce a live show to the contest and have a live South African National Selections show and live finals show. We hope that other countries like the Kingdom of eSwatini will follow suite and also host a live National Selections for all fans across the globe, following Symphony’s win in 2018.
We open an invitation to all the tourism and arts and culture departments for each country in Africa to back their artists and get involved in the AfriMusic Song Contest. We are also very excited to make a new announcement this week, which will provide our artists with further opportunities to showcase their talent and artistry globally. I am currently in Coachella Palm Springs in California America, negotiating opportunities for our artists in the near future. We are very excited for the year ahead!” said Suzie Vicente, Chief Operations Officer of the AfriMusic Song Contest.
Nonzwakazi will be performing to a live audience at the Eurovision Song Contest’s Eurovillage in May 2019 and her performance will be broadcast live on Israel’s broadcaster KAN. The AfriMusic Song Contest will post the video of her performance on their YouTube channel and we will look at streaming opportunities within Africa. More information of the performance date and time, will be announced on their website and social media pages in due course.
Congratulations to Nonzwakazi from South Africa with her winning song Phakama Mbokodo. Follow Nonzwakazi’s journey to the Eurovision Song Contest this May in Tel Aviv via the AfriMusic Song Contest Instagram and Facebook social media platforms.
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