Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter
Afro pop singer Cloud “Simple Claude” Murape will be representing Zimbabwe in the AfriMusic Song Contest against 29 other finalists drawn across Africa.
The 2020 finals voting opened on the April 10 and will close on the April 25 where the winner will be announced on the 27th of this month.
Simple Claude was voted into the finals with his song Marunjeya.
“I was nominated in the Afrimusic song contest national selection in March.
“In Zimbabwe we were seven and I emerged number one earning myself a ticket to the finals.
“My song Marunjeya was produced by Cymplex and I need support from Zimbabwe since I am now in the finals.
“People can vote on the Afrimusic website and their platforms,” he said.
Born and raised in Domboshava, Simple Claude started his music in 2008 when he was doing his form 3 at Munyawiri Secondary School.
He was inspired to venture into music by his elder brother Rodwell Murape, a renowned motion graphic artist.
“I am a song writer who loves to compose songs commenting on social scenes and giving ray of hope to people by exposing them positive side of life.”
The AfriMusic Song Contest is a pan-African song contest inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest.
It was first held in 2018 when Eswatini won with Symphony performing the song “Sengikhona”.
The second edition of the event in 2019 was won by Nonzwakazi from South Africa with “Phakama Mbokodo”.
The contest will continue as an annual event, acting as an African counterpart to the continental song contests such as Eurovision Song Contest, ABU Song Festivals or Caribbean Song Festival.
Currently, the contest runs on digital platforms, opening entries to all song writers and artists across all 54 countries in Africa.
For the fourth and fifth years, organisers declared that the goal is to create the finals in the form of a live broadcast show, hosted in the winning country from the previous year with implementation of SMS and online voting.