StarAfrica.com broadcasts new musicians online to seeks the song of the year

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Pan-African web portal StarAfrica.com has set up an online competition among young musicians to find the « Song of the Year » for 2010. For a month, the young artists have been invited to participate in the StarAfrica Sounds competition. The subscriptions are now closed and about sixty artists from all Africa have proposed their songs! StarAfrica.com users are invited to listen to these songs on the following page: http://www.starafrica.com/en/music/starafrica-sounds.html?WT_srch=1 Users can choose between sixty artists by voting for the songs which are the most representative of Africa and StarAfrica.com. The five songs gathering the largest number of votes will be presented to a jury of famous African artists. This jury will choose the final winner, who will hit the jackpot with a cool prize: a professional recording in a studio! Members of the jury include music experts: - Toumani Diabaté, a musician and kora player from Mali; - Dudu Sarr, an African DJ and the founder of the Afrotonic movement; - Leslie Kasumba, a DJ and producer on the South African hip-hop scene; and - Thomas Gesthuyzen, the creator of the internet Website africanhiphop.com, which promotes African hip-hop. - Jason Curtis, a famous South African music journalist Users can follow the ranking of their artists live on the top votes page. Competition gives unsigned artists the opportunity to shine – and gives the winner a professionally recorded album. African news, sport and culture portal StarAfrica.com has launched its StarAfrica Sounds competition, which offers unsigned artists the chance of becoming the web portal’s signature song for the duration of 2010, making them the new African sound recognized by the thousands of unique visitors to the site each day. The first prize for the winning entry is to record an album in their country at a professional studio, with a top-notch producer and added support from session musicians or backup singers. This competition is a great opportunity for all African bands to find new audiences, and take a major step towards their dream. StarAfrica is working in partnership with "Africa Unsigned", a pan-African collective of music promoters, artists, producers and managers that are committed to developing African music talent. Artists that enter the competition will benefit from a huge promotional campaign using traditional and social media channels. “Africa has incredible talent, incredible diversity, and so much energy – but African artists must reach out to audiences across this continent and build a base of regional fans. For too long African artists are stars in their own countries, perhaps stars on the global stage, but are barely known in the country next door. By reaching out to fans in other parts of the continent, artists can create a solid base to build their careers,” says Corinne Lozé, CEO of StarAfrica. The final winning track will be announced on Monday 17 May 2010. A media campaign including written and audiovisual promotion for the elected artist will follow. In addition to this music competition, StarAfrica.com also provides a streamed online radio station. Source: http://www.starafrica.com/en/music/starafrica-sounds.html?WT_srch=1 Seaman's Akobundu is Igbo wisdom corner on Nigeria’s FM stations Poised to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Igbo, Grand Oak Limited, marketers of Seaman's Schnapps is lighting up the Eastern Nigeria airwaves with Seaman's Akobundu a five-minute radio programme in Igbo language which dispenses native wisdom by means of traditional African proverbs and wise sayings of our elders. Akobundu is an Igbo expression meaning 'Wisdom is Life.' Seaman's Akobundu is produced by a Lagos-based content provider, DM Audiovisuals and is transmitted on five radio stations in the South-East/South-South geopolitical zones of Nigeria, namely: DBS, Asaba on Mondays to Fridays at 8.00pm; BCA Umuahia on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.30pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.45pm; Unity FM, Abakaliki Mondays to Fridays at 8.25pm; Orient FM, Owerri Mondays to Fridays at 9.20pm, and Coal City FM, Enugu Mondays to Fridays at 8.30pm. Seaman's Akobundu is a narrative where the presenter tells listeners an Igbo proverb, explains the proverb and uses the proverb to give advice to the listener. The presenter also calls on the listeners to send in proverbs they do not understand to him for interpretation. He concludes with prayers and wishes the listener a good night rest. The programme is aired at night and provides food for thought for the listener. Powered by its signature brand, the ever-reliable drink for elders, Seaman's Royale, Seaman's Akobundu is a must-listen for all who desire wisdom and understanding from an age-old African perspective. The programme is anchored by Chief Tobias Onyekwere - Oghene Ndi Igbo Gburugburu who has an enviable track record in the presentation of Igbo cultural programmes. Mrs. Ogugua Dopamu, the Producer of the programme and the General Manager of DM Audiovisuals, said "The idea is to build a new mind-set in the region that the Igbo language is very rich in content and that each word spoken has deep meanings. So far, the feedback has been very encouraging and we are poised to do more",