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SWAZI ARTIST FOR ‘ALL AFRICA SONG’ CONTEST

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MBABANE – A lucky musician stands to win a lifetime opportunity as Swaziland through the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs has been asked to select an artist that will take part in the ‘All Africa Song Contest’.


The ‘All Africa Song Contest’ is a television musical competition to showcase Africa’s diverse talent.
The project that is expected to bring most African countries together has the backing of UNESCO, the African Union, and is being sponsored by Coca Cola at this initial stage.


Already the organisers of the contest have communicated formally to the ministry requesting that a name of an artist be submitted.
Each African country is expected to nominate an act (a singer or a group) to compete in the contest.


Nomination


The nomination of the artist is expected to be done before September1, as the organisers want the name of the artist and his or her contact numbers.
In a letter sent to the David ‘Cruiser’ Ngcamphalala, Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs by Zeinab Badawi Project Convener and All Africa Song Contest Presenter, the name of the artist should be sent to them as soon as possible.


“We are requesting that your ministry nominate the act to represent your country in the ‘All Africa Song’ contest.  Please provide us with their name and contact details once you have decided who will represent your country so that we may contact them directly,” reads part of the letter.
“We are keen to make rapid progress with the preparations for this wonderful project and we are counting on you for your co-operation and support. 


Ambassadors


“I have already briefed the Africa group of ambassadors at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris last December and the project was extremely well received by them.
Badawi emphasised that they need the name of your nominated singer or group as soon as possible or at the latest by September 1, 2014.
“We are anxious to meet this deadline so that the contest can take place in a period that has marked the 5th anniversary of the founding of the African Union,” said Badawi.


The Minister said associations such as the Swaziland Music and Arts Association (SWAMA) will have to decide as to which artist will take part in the contest.


Consultation


The minister informed the artists about the invitation during SWAMA’s annual general meeting further on urging the association to find a way of selecting the artists in consultation with the Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture (SNCAC).


Stanley Dlamini, SNCAC Chief Executive Office, said they were aware of the invite saying they will be engaging the association on the criteria that would be used when selecting the artist. He said since the organisers wanted the name as soon as possible, they will make sure that the selection is done immediately.

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