This photo shows Nonzwakazi on stage at the Euro village in Tel Aviv on the Saturday of the Eurovision song contest final. In the left corner you will notice Andy Mikheev of ESC Kaz filming the performance and to the right is Roy van der Merwe of ESC Covers. Both were judges in the Afri Music song contest and were back stage with Nonzwakazi and Michelle and Suzie from the Afri music organisation prior to Nonzwakazi’s performance.
Time is running out. Singers from all over Africa has only 6 more days to pre-register for the first AFRI MUSIC SON CONTEST. Registration closes on 3 October – midnight South African time.
Right now artists from 41 countries have registered and some countries surprised us with tons of registration. Disappointments are Egypt and Kenya with just one artist each – surely there are more talent there. Although many artists have registered from South Africa, the disappointment lies with the Afrikaans artists, more English and black language artists have registered. Lets hope for a big last minute rush.
We can now announce another sponsor for an award in the Afri music song contest. This time it is for best composer. The award will be known as the CAP SOUNDS AWARD FOR BEST COMPOSER. The sponsor is Cap Sounds from Germany.
We asked Manfred Holz to write about the company and their achievements to date.
CAP – Sounds is a music production & publishing company based in Hofheim (near Frankfurt), in the heart of Germany, – launched in 1989 by Manfred Holz who is still Managing director of the company.
CAP-Sounds is mainly active in the pop & dance music sector with crossover potential.
From the start CAP-Sounds has been a very effective and successful production company with several chart successes in various countries.
In the dance music sector CAP has achieved European wide success with the chart hit “EL RITMO” by the MOSQUITO HEADZ and several tracks by ROBOTNICO.
CAP has been successfully worked with several Top Stars on the production and/or remix side like for example GEORGE McCRAE, ROSIE GAINES, EAST 17, B.V.S.M.P. & STEVIE B. , aiming a nominee at the prestigious JUNO Award for Best Dance Single of the Year in Canada and nine times platinum award.
CAP always has been a partner for the industry and co-operated in several marketing campaigns combined with music, – like for example with FERRERO, producing for them and for BMG the chart album HAPPY HIPPO HITS (8 weeks charts) and with SESAME STREET and BMG producing for them the SESAME STREET Album with 2 chart singles, – the RUBBER DUCKIE song (top 20 charts) and the COOKIE – Song (top 40 charts).
CAP has worked for TUI producing the ROBINSON CLUB Anthem “TIME FOR EMOTIONS” and for PROCTER & GAMBLE the LENOR Song from the worldwide TV Advertisement.
It has been as well a pleasure for CAP Sounds producing the Maltese entry to the Eurovision Song Contest for 7 consecutive years with fantastic results, being 6 times in the Top 10 and reached a 3rd place in 1998 and a 2nd place in 2002. In the years 2003/2004 CAP has published the Cyprus entry twice as well as having published parts of the Lithuanian entry. Followed by the Eurovision entries for Malta in the years 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2017 and the release of the Latvian entry in the G/S/A territories in 2011. Achieving another highlight with the 2nd place of Azerbaijan’s entry in 2013! – To be continued ….
FABRIZIO FANIELLO (www.fabriziofaniello.com) is an exclusive artist of CAP-Sounds with fantastic success all over the world, – beside Malta, where he won twice the trophy BEST MALE SINGER OF THE YEAR in the MALTA MUSIC AWARDS, his music is released by now in more then 30 countries, including
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Portugal, South Africa, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, China & Japan.
CAP-Sounds is known by now as well for building up a fine WELLNESS and RELAXATION Music catalog and is active in the German music scene with popular singer LAURIS REINIKS with his first German single “Ich Renne” (www.laurisreiniks.lv) and BELLA VISTA (www.bella-vista.de)
The Ethno / World / Pop Project SANAVÉ is one of the mayor acts , released 3 albums so far by now and synched their music with lots of commercials for TV, – Welcome to the world of heavenly voices ; www.sanave.de
CAP-Sounds is very active in producing & publishing songs for Eurovision and has been responsible as the label for many artists.
Here the list of the final participation at ESC:
1. 1996 – Malta „In a woman´s heart“ Miriam Christine Borg (Producer & Publisher)
2. 1997 – Malta “Let me fly” Debbie Sheri (Producer & Publisher)
3. 1998 – Malta “The one that I love” Chiara (Producer & Publisher)
4. 1999 – Malta “Believe´n Peace” Times Three (Producer & Publisher)
5. 2000 – Malta “Desire” Claudette Pace (Producer & Publisher)
6. 2001 – Malta “Another Summer Night” Fabrizio Faniello (Producer & Publisher)
7. 2002 – Malta “7th wonder” Ira Losco (Producer & Publisher)
8. 2003 – Cyprus “Feeling Alive” Stelios Constantas (Publisher)
9. 2006 – Malta “I Do” Fabrizio Faniello” (Producer & Publisher)
10. 2010 – Malta “My Dream” Thea Garrett (Producer & Publisher)
11. 2011 – Malta “One Life” Glen Vella (Label)
12. 2011 – Latvia “Angel in Disguise” Musiqq (Label & Publisher)
13. 2012 – Malta “This is the Night” Kurt Calleja (Producer & Publisher)
14. 2012 – Azerbaijan “When the music dies” Sabina Babayeva (Label)
15. 2013 – Belarus “Solayoh” Alyona Lanskaya (Label)
16. 2013 – Azerbaijan “Hold me” Farid Mammadov (Label)
17. 2014 – Azerbaijan “Start a fire” Dilara Kazimova (Label)
18. 2014 – Ukraine “Tick Tock” Mariya Yaremchuk (Label)
19. 2015 – Azerbaijan “Hour of the Wolf” Elnur Huseynov (Label)
20. 2016 – San Marino “I didn’t know” – Serhat (Label & Publisher)
21. 2016 – Azerbaijan “Miracle” – Samra (Label)
22. 2017 – Azerbaijan “Skeletons” – Dihaj (Label)
23. 2017 – Malta “Breathlessly” – Claudia Faniello (Label, Producer & Publisher)
All CAP-Sounds Label releases are from now on in the digital distribution of BELIEVE DIGITAL (http://www.believedigital.de/), a leading digital distributor of independent artists and labels.
CAP-Sounds publishing arm is administered worldwide at BUDDE MUSIC (http://www.buddemusic.com ) in Berlin, one of the largest & best independent publishers in Germany with representatives in all major music countries.
Our criteria for this award is that we we are looking for originality in music with artists with heart and passion, character and charisma.
If you want to get in contact with CAP-sounds, please find below all the necessary information.
CAP-Sounds music publishing and production
Herhaeuser str. 1
Tel ++ 49 – 6122 – 5333666
Fax ++ 49 – 6122 5333667
A week ago we reported that 39 of the 54 African countries have registered to take part in the first Afri music song contest. A week later and now we can report that two more countries have registered – SWAZILAND and MADAGASCAR bringing the total to a staggering 41 countries just one less than the 42 Eurovision had in Kyiv this year. There are still about 2 weeks to go until 3 October deadline and can we reach the magic 42 countries?
Time to look at the next Afrikaans artist who has registered to take part in the first Afri music song contest and have done Eurovision covers. It is Tobi Jooste who has done at least 11 Eurovision covers.
01 – Iceland 2004 (Afrikaans)
02 – Netherlands 1981 (Afrikaans)
03 – Switzerland 1988 (Afrikaans)
04 – Romania 2008 (Afrikaans)
05 – Ukraine 2003 (Afrikaans/English)
06 – Malta 2005 (Afrikaans)
07 – Malta 2006 (Afrikaans)
08 – Malta 2006 (English)
09 – Norway 2010 (Afrikaans)
10 – Norway 2010 (Italian)
11 – Latvia 2007 (English) in duet with Gloria Bosman
Now we turn our attention to the next singer who has registered to take part in the first Afri music song contest. It is PIETER KOTZE. He has recorded two Eurovision covers before – Serbia 2012 as EK EN JY (Afrikaans) and Sweden 1992 as BRAND NEW DAY (English). Hopefully he is busy with a few more covers to enter in Afri music.
We continue to give some promotion to South African artists who have registered to take part in the first AFRI MUSIC SONG CONTEST. This time we look at RENE REICHERT. He will enter as a solo singer as well as in a duet with CLAUDINE BOTES. Rene has done two Eurovision covers as a solo singer – My wereld draai om jou (Switzerland 2013) and In jou drome (Sweden 2015). He is currently busy with Claudine in their duet cover of Denmark 2010 which will be called Sprei jou vlerke. Happy Rene has spread his wings to the Afri music song contest.