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MBABANE – Eswatini’s cream of the crop is making big waves in the music industry!

According to the AfriMusic website, the song contest is the first and biggest music competition platform of its kind in Africa.
Currently in its third successful year, it saw winners such as singer and songwriter Symphony, representing Eswatini, winning the 2018 edition, with her song ‘Sengikhona’.

Symphony went on to be awarded with an opportunity to represent her artistry and her country, with an all expenses paid international performance abroad, as part of the EuroVision Song Contest.


The AfriMusic Song Contest offers an opportunity for African songwriters and composers to receive the accolades they deserve. The contest provides established and aspiring songwriters the platform to showcase their best work.
Entries for the 2020 AfriMusic Song Contest were open from October 7, 2019 and closed on February 1, 2020.

All entries were submitted online and all entry material emailed to info@afrimusicsongcontest.com.
Speaking to the Entertainment Desk, Symphony revealed that the judges’ names were not revealed to the public until Monday evening. 

While the songstress may not be aware of the criterion that was used to recruit her as one of the panel judges, however, she believes that her win in 2018 was historic and a highlight of the contest in that she was the first winner since the competition’s inception.

“It means they acknowledge that I was the first winner and appreciated how the Symphony brand has grown over the years,” she said.
Symphony mentioned that when she was approached to be in the panel, the production and organising team said they appreciated her knowledge in song and music techniques.

She expressed her excitement to be given the opportunity to be on the judges’ panel for the competition she once participated in.
This was a leap for the Symphony brand.It meant growth and excitement for her ever evolving brand.
This is not the first time Symphony has participated in a music judging panel as in 2019 she was part of the judges on the first ever Singing Stars competition in Eswatini hosted by Spur Steak Ranches.

She said participating in judges’ panels was part of the direction her brand was taking in the art space.


With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting movements across countries, the song contest took place digitally and virtually seeing Nigerian artist Dhortune ThatOndoBoy taking the title for being the contest’s third winner in 2020 since it was incepted.
He will perform during a Eurostream broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday May 9, 2020 starting at 9pm on eurostream2020.com.

Judges communicated telephonically and through video calls to seamlessly carry out the exercise which was finalised on April 28, 2020.
Symphony shared that she was honoured and looked forward to see what would be next for her brand.

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