|Own Africavision Song Contest 7|
|Venue||Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar|
|Returning|| Ethiopia |
|Withdrawing|| Cameroon |
|System||Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Own Africavision Song Contest|
Own Africavision Song Contest 7, often referred to as OAfSC #7, is the 7th edition of Own Africavision Song Contest. The contest took place in Antananarivo, Madagascar, following Naïka's win in the 6th edition with the song "Oh Mama". It was the first time Madagascar had hosted the contest. Organised by the Own African Union of Broadcasting and host broadcaster Télévision Malagasy, the contest was held at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Noémie Lenoir.
A total of forty-six countries participated in the contest. Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda returned to the competition, while Cameroon, Liberia, Malawi and Somalia withdrew for various reasons.
Further information on the host country: Madagascar
Antananarivo also known by its colonial shorthand form Tana, is the capital and largest city of Madagascar. The administrative area of the city, known as Antananarivo-Renivohitra ("Antananarivo-Mother Hill" or "Antananarivo-Capital"), is the capital of Analamanga region. The city sits at 1,280 m (4,199 ft) above sea level in the center of the island, the highest national capital by elevation among the island countries. It has been the country's largest population center since at least the 18th century. The presidency, National Assembly, Senate and Supreme Court are located there, as are 21 diplomatic missions and the headquarters of many national and international businesses and NGOs. It has more universities, nightclubs, art venues, and medical services than any city on the island. Several national and local sports teams, including the championship-winning national rugby team, the Makis are based here.
Antananarivo was historically the capital of the Merina people, who continue to form the majority of the city's 1,275,207 inhabitants. The surrounding urban areas have a total metropolitan population approaching three million. All eighteen Malagasy ethnic groups, as well as residents of Chinese, Indian, European and other origins, are represented in the city. It was founded circa 1610, when the Merina King Andrianjaka expelled the Vazimba inhabitants of the village of Analamanga. Declaring it the site of his capital, Andrianjaka built a rova that expanded to become the royal palaces of the Kingdom of Imerina. The city retained the name Analamanga until the reign of King Andriamasinavalona (1675–1710), who renamed it Antananarivo ("City of the Thousand") in honor of Andrianjaka's soldiers.
The city served as the capital of the Kingdom of Imerina until 1710, when Imerina split into four warring quadrants. Antananarivo became the capital of the southern quadrant until 1794, when King Andrianampoinimerina of Ambohimanga captured the province and restored it as capital of a united Kingdom of Imerina, also bringing neighboring ethnic groups under Merina control. These conquests continued under his son, Radama I, who eventually controlled over two-thirds of the island, leading him to be considered the King of Madagascar by European diplomats. Antananarivo remained the island's capital after Madagascar was colonized by the French in 1897, and after independence in 1960.
Mahamasina Municipal Stadium (also known as Kianja Barea Mahamasina) is a rugby union and football (multi-purpose) stadium, also used for concerts and athletics, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. It is used mostly for rugby and football matches. The stadium has a 40,880 capacity for football and rugby matches. The stadium was utilised for the 2007 Indian Ocean Games
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 5 July 2021. 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. Twenty participated in both semi-finals. From each semi-final, ten countries joined the host in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries participated.
The forty 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|
|01||Gambia||Tungevaag & Raaban feat. Luana Kiara||"Bad Boy"|
|02||Comoros||Rohff feat. Dadju||"Sécurisé"|
|03||Togo||Noire Velours||"Full of Myself"|
|04||South Sudan||Mary Boyoi & Embra Tor||"Shadit"|
|08||São Tomé and Príncipe||Bruna Lee||"Dia do txilo"|
|10||Central African Republic||Tenny||"Bang Bang"|
|12||Burkina Faso||Alicia Awa||"Fassade"|
|13||Guinea-Bissau||Buruntuma feat. Alice Costa||"Nha nomi"|
|15||Sierra Leone||Sampha||"Blood on Me"|
|17||Seychelles||Sarahmée feat. Nissa Seych||"Elle est partie"|
|18||Tanzania||Ady Suleiman||"Need Somebody to Love"|
|20||Botswana||German Dollar feat. Priscilla||"Drip on My Skin"|
|01||Ghana||Raye||"Call On Me"|
|02||South Africa||Rayne||"Laat dit reën"|
|04||Zimbabwe||Kwaye||"What Have You Done"|
|05||Eritrea||SXTN||"Made 4 Love"|
|06||Zambia||Paces feat. Emmalyn & Jeida Woods||"Technique"|
|07||Republic of the Congo||Zhong Feifei||"B.U.R.N."|
|09||Tunisia||Amal Cherif||"No No"|
|10||Guinea||Cheka Katenen feat. Sayon Camara||"Ibò n'kékò"|
|12||Nigeria||Rose May Alaba||"Love Me Right"|
|13||Réunion||Nasaya feat. Sara Diamond||"Patterns"|
|14||Senegal||Alexiane||"A Million on My Soul"|
|15||Ethiopia||Sophia Ayana||"If I Had Your Love"|
|16||Cape Verde||Mónica Sintra||"Mulher"|
|17||Chad||Arlo Parks||"Too Good"|
|18||Rwanda||Lous and the Yakuza||"Amigo"|
|19||Uganda||Michelle O Faith||"Black Lolita"|
|20||Mauritius||Salt Ashes||"Cut You with a Kiss"|
Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 46 participating countries eligible to vote.
|Egypt||Rash Radio||"The Crow"|
|Libya||Aya||"Must Be Ready"|
|Mauritania||Mohamed Moustafa||"Feelings Fight"|
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.
- Cameroon: Despite a new delegation taking over the delegation, it was announced that the nation will take a break in order to focus on other projects. A return in the next edition is extremely likely.
- Djibouti: The nation failed to respond to the invitation given by the OAUB.
- Equatorial Guinea: The nation failed to respond to the invitation given by the OAUB.
- Lesotho: The nation failed to respond to the invitation given by the OAUB.
- Liberia: The broadcaster failed to respond to the invitation issued by the OAUB, and was forced to take a break as a result.
- Malawi: The broadcaster failed to respond to the invitation issued by the OAUB, and was forced to take a break as a result.
- Mali: It was announced that the nation will be out for another edition. A return in the next edition is planned.
- Niger: The nation failed to respond to the invitation given by the OAUB.
- Western Sahara: The nation failed to respond to the invitation given by the OAUB.