Christian Syren, a Swedish music professional, who has lived all his life in South Africa is dedicated to the growth of music and culture in Southern Africa.

He co-founded Making Music Productions (MMP), an event and project management company in South Africa, through which he has played a vital role in the music industry. His company provided the technical facilities for Nelson Mandela’s speech upon his release on 11 February 1990 and produced “Mandela Elect Concert” in April 1994.

Syren has carried out numerous tours and cultural exchange projects in South Africa and neighboring countries featuring top African artiste such as Manu Dibango, Salif Keita, Ismael Lo, Angelique Kidjo, Cheick Lo, Papa Wemba and Zap Mama to name a few. He facilitated a re-connection culminated in the provision of several major African artistes to President Mbeki’s inauguration in 1999, under the banner: “Faranani-Towards the African Century”.

With a pronounced anti-apartheid profile, Chris was a major influence in the apartheid regime, through his Jazz Den Jazz Club (1986-1990), a Live music venue in central Cape Town which served as a platform for national afro-jazz and contemporary African artiste. The venue became a cultural focal point during the state of emergency in South Africa and attracted a large regular audience.

Besides his musical expertise, Syren served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and Middle East (UNEF). He holds an M.SOC. SCI, MA and BA degrees in Psychology.

Chris Syren’s passion, dedication, and wealth of knowledge in music will be of great advantage to the 5th AFRIMA jury.

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