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Own Africavision Song Contest 4
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Dates
Semi-finals date 12 December 2020
Final date 2 January 2021
Host
Venue St. François Xavier Stadium, Port Louis, Mauritius
Presenter(s) Ornella Lafleche
Broadcaster Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation
Participants
Entries 43
Debuting Flag of Reunion.svg Réunion
Returning Flag of Eswatini.svg Eswatini
Flag of Madagascar.svg Madagascar
Flag of Mali.svg Mali
Flag of South Sudan.svg South Sudan
Withdrawing Flag of Botswana.svg Botswana
Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi
Flag of Gabon.svg Gabon
Flag of Guinea.svg Guinea
Flag of Niger.svg Niger
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone
Flag of Somalia.svg Somalia
Flag of Sudan.svg Sudan
Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Flag of Western Sahara.svg Western Sahara
Voting
System Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winner Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
"Soldier"
Own Africavision Song Contest
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Own Africavision Song Contest 4, often referred to as OAfSC #4, is the 4th edition of Own Africavision Song Contest. The contest took place in Port Louis, Mauritius, following Kerser & Jean.'s win in the 3rd edition with the song "Never Seen Me Fall". It was the first time Mauritius had hosted the contest. Organised by the Own African Union of Broadcasting and host broadcaster Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, the contest was held at the St. François Xavier Stadium, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Ornella Lafleche.

A total of forty-three countries participated in the contest. Réunion made their debut this edition. Eswatini, Madagascar, Mali, and South Sudan made their return, while Botswana, Burundi, Gabon, Guinea, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Western Sahara withdrew for various reasons.

The winner was South Africa with the song "Soldier" performed by Monark. Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe completed the podium, while Mali, South Sudan and Morocco rounded out the top six. The host nation, Mauritius placed 23rd.

Location[]

Further information on the host country: Mauritius

Host City[]

Own Africavision Song Contest 4 is located in Mauritius
Port Louis
Location of the host city.

Port Louis (French: Port-Louis) is the capital city of Mauritius. It is mainly located in the Port Louis District, with a small western part in the Black River District. Port Louis is the country's economic, cultural and political centre, and most populous city. It is administered by the Municipal City Council of Port Louis. According to the 2012 census conducted by Statistics Mauritius, the population was 147,066.

Port Louis was already in use as a harbor in 1638. In 1736, under French government, it became the administrative center of Mauritius and a major reprovisioning halt for French ships during their passage between Asia and Europe, around the Cape of Good Hope. Since Port Louis was relatively well-protected from strong winds during cyclones by the Moka Mountain Range, Port Louis was selected to house both the main harbor and fort for the island. Value of the port continued during the British occupation of the island during the Napoleonic Wars (1800–15), and helped Britain control the Indian Ocean. However, port calls of ships fell drastically following the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Activity in the port increased during the seven-year closure of the Suez Canal (starting in 1967). Modernization of the port in the late 1970s has helped it maintain its role as the central point for all imports and exports from Mauritius. While Port Louis continues to be the business and administrative capital of Mauritius, expansion of the tourism industry in the late 1990s led to considerable development in Port Louis, with many shops, hotels, and restaurants being built in the Caudan Waterfront area

Venue[]

St. François Xavier Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Port Louis, Port Louis District, Mauritius. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of AS Port-Louis 2000. The stadium holds 2,500 people, and was unveiled in April, 2009.

Format[]

Semi-final Allocation Draw[]

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 26 November 2020. The draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Eighteen countries participated in the first semi-final, and nineteen participated in the second semi-final. From each semi-final, ten countries joined the host in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries participated.

The forty-four semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, based on their geographical place and cultural similarities. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating countries[]

Semifinal 1[]

Eighteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Ghana, Lesotho, and Mauritania, also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon BeBe Zahara Benet "Banjo" 11 61
02 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Nej "Où tu es" 6 93
03 Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg São Tomé and Príncipe Bruna Lee "Quero só" 9 77
04 Flag of Djibouti.svg Djibouti Sally "Tout roule" 10 75
05 Flag of Malawi.svg Malawi Lilia "Falling" 15 35
06 Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal Sarahmée "Freedom" 7 87
07 Flag of Ethiopia.svg Ethiopia Ben, Jordan & Bek Ge'ez feat. Tinsu "Dance" 16 32
08 Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania Maggie Bushiri "Mama Africa" 5 93
09 Flag of Mali.svg Mali Disclosure & Fatouma Diawara "Douha (Mali Mali)" 3 110
10 Flag of Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg DR Congo Lous and the Yakuza "Téléphone sonne" 8 80
11 Flag of Central African Republic.svg Central African Republic Tonaire "Songui songui" 18 17
12 Flag of Comoros.svg Comoros Zoubs Mars "Wahadi" 17 31
13 Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia Oteya "Lose You" 13 47
14 Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria Swt Valli Hi "Threats" 12 50
15 Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Serro "Aheri" 14 43
16 Flag of Reunion.svg Réunion Justine Mauvin "Waterman" 4 104
17 Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe Oliver Heldens feat. Shungudzo "Fire in My Soul" 1 129
18 Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Burkina Faso Hawa Boussim "Dolada" 2 112

Semifinal 2[]

Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Cape Verde, Libya and Mauritius also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Ivory Coast.svg Ivory Coast Julian M & Veronika "Superstars" 15 37
02 Flag of Madagascar.svg Madagascar Kristel "Out Loud" 8 91
03 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Afida Turner "Born an Angel" 12 55
04 Flag of Togo.svg Togo Kris Menace & Gwylo feat. Millé "Rome" 1 124
05 Flag of Eswatini.svg Eswatini Sun-El Musician feat. S-Tone "No Stopping Us" 16 28
06 Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg Equatorial Guinea Cary Jay feat. Lerry Brons "Ye majdimle" 19 6
07 Flag of Angola.svg Angola DJ Elly Chuva "Tas a se mentir" 11 61
08 Flag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda Aline Gahongayire "Nzakomeza" 14 40
09 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Royane "Click" 4 114
10 Flag of Zambia.svg Zambia Stephanie McCourt "Save Me" 13 51
11 Flag of Gambia.svg Gambia Ida Corr "Jungle Fever" 7 96
12 Flag of Mozambique.svg Mozambique Mr Bow "Lhe mata" 18 9
13 Flag of Chad.svg Chad Manno Beats feat. Afrotronix & Vox Sambou "Akouna" 17 27
14 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Monark "Soldier" 5 110
15 Flag of Seychelles.svg Seychelles Nissa Seych "Tutu" 10 62
16 Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia Sonia Ammar "Joyride" 9 79
17 Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Guinea-Bissau Arty Furtado feat. Iragrett Tavares "Mama África" 6 108
18 Flag of South Sudan.svg South Sudan Akon Makeer "Star Flag I Love You, My Country I Love You" 2 119
19 Flag of Eritrea.svg Eritrea 3Angle feat. Helen Tesfazghi "Finally" 3 117

Final[]

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 43 participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of South Sudan.svg South Sudan Akon Makeer "Star Flag I Love You, My Country I Love You" 5 138
02 Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal Sarahmée "Freedom" 11 111
03 Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg São Tomé and Príncipe Bruna Lee "Quero só" 12 98
04 Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana Bree Runway "Little Nokia" 10 123
05 Flag of Gambia.svg Gambia Ida Corr "Jungle Fever" 16 83
06 Flag of Togo.svg Togo Kris Menace & Gwylo feat. Millé "Rome" 9 123
07 Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Burkina Faso Hawa Boussim "Dolada" 2 154
08 Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia Sonia Ammar "Joyride" 14 93
09 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Nej "Où tu es" 21 59
10 Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania Macsim Dady "Wow" 26 29
11 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Monark "Soldier" 1 176
12 Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania Maggie Bushiri "Mama Africa" 15 87
13 Flag of Cape Verde.svg Cape Verde Yasmine "Quem é?" 19 63
14 Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe Oliver Heldens feat. Shungudzo "Fire in My Soul" 3 151
15 Flag of Libya.svg Libya Ayman Alatar "Ya delaly" 24 43
16 Flag of Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg DR Congo Lous and the Yakuza "Téléphone sonne" 13 94
17 Flag of Lesotho.svg Lesotho Leomile feat. Zelizwe Mthembu "Faro" 25 35
18 Flag of Madagascar.svg Madagascar Kristel "Out Loud" 17 78
19 Flag of Mali.svg Mali Disclosure & Fatouma Diawara "Douha (Mali Mali)" 4 139
20 Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Guinea-Bissau Arty Furtado feat. Iragrett Tavares "Mama África" 8 123
21 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Royane "Click" 6 130
22 Flag of Mauritius.svg Mauritius Alchemia "Pulse" 23 45
23 Flag of Seychelles.svg Seychelles Nissa Seych "Tutu" 20 59
24 Flag of Eritrea.svg Eritrea 3Angle feat. Helen Tesfazghi "Finally" 18 74
25 Flag of Reunion.svg Réunion Justine Mauvin "Waterman" 7 126
26 Flag of Djibouti.svg Djibouti Sally "Tout roule" 22 55

Other Countries[]

Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Africavision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OAUB membership that would be able to broadcast the contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members has been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not.

  • Flag of Benin.svg Benin: Despite speculations surrounding their possible return, the broadcaster remained silent. It is expected that the country might be returning next edition.
  • Flag of Botswana.svg Botswana: The nation was forced to withdraw for failing to vote in the previous edition.
  • Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi: The broadcaster announced that the Head of Delegation had resigned and therefore the country would be withdrawing.
  • Flag of Gabon.svg Gabon: There was no official statement as to their future in the contest.
  • Flag of Guinea.svg Guinea: There was no official statement as to their future in the contest.
  • Flag of Liberia.svg Liberia: The broadcaster announced that the country would not be present again due to a lack of funding and that a return in the future is uncertain.
  • Flag of Niger.svg Niger: There was no official statement as to their future in the contest.
  • Flag of Republic of the Congo.svg Republic of the Congo: It was confirmed that the broadcaster had not signed up to compete in this edition.
  • Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone: After an unpleasant result in #03 the country decided to take a break for 1 edition. A return in next edition is likely.
  • Flag of Somalia.svg Somalia: There was no official statement as to their future in the contest.
  • Flag of Sudan.svg Sudan: The broadcaster announced that they are taking a one-edition break. They are expecting to return next edition.
  • Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda: Despite them finishing second last edition, there was no statement from them until 5 hours after the confirmation deadline. As such, the OAUB gave their automatic-qualifying spot to the seventh place last edition, Lesotho.
  • Flag of Western Sahara.svg Western Sahara: The broadcaster announced that the Head of Delegation had resigned and therefore the country would be withdrawing.

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