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BASSLINE FEST is less than two weeks away, and with the hottest acts from across the continent and globe, the stage is set for one of the most historical events in music history.

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness ‘Africa’s Tribute to Madiba’ collaboration which adds even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

The collaborators in ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’, are 5 time Grammy Award Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade. Led by singer, songwriter and music arranger legend Salif Keita.  Salif has written a tribute song for this occasion and will be singing a new, yet to be commercially released track, exclusively at the Fest.

 

The tribute will take audiences on a journey of remembrance and celebration.  Imagine witnessing Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing Bob Dylan’s ‘Knock Knock Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ with pop sensation Yemi Alade’s female voice harmonising?  Imagine Salif Keita singing ‘Ton Ton’ Live with the other two providing the harmonies on the chorus?

Imagine no more, as it’s real and it’s happening live, only at Constitution Hill.

 

The Fest line-up, in no order of performance are:

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Salif Keita- Mali

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Dub Inc – France

Nakhane – South Africa

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Sekou Kouyate –  Guinea

 

An African Food, fashion, art & craft market provided by LoCrate Market from Soweto will be providing all you need as far as sustenance, vibe and style.

LoCrate FOOD has an exclusive collaborative relationship with the Jo’burg Food Truck Association a.k.a Mother Truckers as the anchor food vendors.

 

Gates open at 2pm and the music kicks off from 3pm till late.  SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a huge television audience.

 

Remember to bring your sun hats for the daytime and winter woollies for the night.  There will be ample great coffee vendors to keep you warm and plenty free parking underground at Constitution Hill.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400.  Children under 10 are free.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.  For more information, contact info@hambaumhla.com or 061 402 8406.

 

BASSLINE FEST is presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture, in association with Kaya FM and TRACE Africa. 

Additional partners include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts , Recreation & Culture, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Brand South Africa, Firestone, Pernod Ricard, BMW Joburg City Auto, Tsogo Sun & IFAS.

In support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Tickets SOLD OUT!

Posted by radio On May - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire 2018 has officially sold out all full festival weekend tickets!

 

Fans of one of Africa’s favourite festivals have made history – selling out the MTN Bushfire Festival weeks before the doors open. All full festival weekend tickets, including Golden Lounge that were sold out over a week ago, have now been sold.

Also please take note that only people with valid tickets purchased in advance will be able to access the festival over the duration of the weekend. There will be NO tickets sold at the gate.

 

It is also important to note that tickets are not for resale. A Valid ticket holders and those with booked camping at the main MTN Bushfire campsite, please also take note that you  can now access your campsite from NOON on Thursday May 26th – so get to the festival early, relax and get ready for the full festival experience of MTN Bushfire.

 

If you do have a ticket but have NOT booked your accommodation you are urged to BOOK NOW as many accommodation options are filling up quickly.

 

As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2018 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.

 

More travel and festival information can be found on the website, www.bush-fire.com

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A unique celebration of the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Swaziland and surrounds, the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival will be a sensory experience unlike any other.

Celebrating the diverse and often hidden tastes, smells and flavors of Southern Africa with an authentically African rooted program; Luju will feature cooking demos and master-classes by seasoned chefs in the region, the best in African fashion, design and arts, as well as some exciting music and comedy performances by artists from Swaziland, South Africa, Mozambique and beyond.

 

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breathtaking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, August 4th 2018 is a day not to be missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travelers looking for a unique and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

 

Weekend Add-On Value

 

Weekend add-on experiences including glass-blowing and candle-making showcases to be put on by Ngwenya Glass and Swazi Candles, as well as a traditional dance show at the nearby Mantenga Cultural Village, will make for a culturally rich and memorable Swaziland experience for all Luju visitors – more on this below.

 

 

The Hosts

 

Luju is being brought to life by the same team as the world-renowned and much loved MTN Bushfire Festival – House on Fire, backed by a leading global brand in finance and investment whose African heritage goes beyond 150 years – Standard Bank. Guests can be assured of top-notch production, an all-star line-up, and an experience to create poignant memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

What to Expect on the Day

Within the House on Fire Amphitheatre, a culinary-focused program will create space for interaction with featured presenters, celebrity chefs and culinary demonstrations, as well as stand-up comedy and a selection of artists & DJs from the region.

 

 

 

One of the headline chefs for this area will be the well-loved J’Something – attending in his capacity as a chef and food lover, as well as fronting a performance from the SA legends – Mi Casa on the Luju Main Stage.

J’Something’s spicy authentic Portuguese heritage and hearty homegrown South African food has become his trademark. Most recently he has been showcased as a headline chef appearing next to greats such as Marco Pierre White, Jan Hendrick and George Calombaris.

Moving from the HOF Amphitheatre, guests will be able to leisurely stroll through a well-manicured lawn surrounded by lovely cane fields and gardens where they can view various displays of food, drink, art, as well as high-end, bespoke and handmade home décor, objet d’art, fashion and visual art pieces.

 

 

Tickets

This wholesome experience is attainable at E350 for general ticket and E600 for the VIP ticket. Pre-register to get each ticket at a discount of less E100 – see details in the advert. Register online via this link: www.luju.howler.co.za

 

Guests are encouraged to make a weekend of the experience with some of these activities that will be hosted by official Luju partners:

 

 

  • Ngwenya Glass: Glass Blowing

Ngwenya Glass is one of Swaziland’s hottest tourist attractions. Since 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been making glassware in Swaziland from 100% recycled glass, building on a reputation of quality, functionality, beauty and environmental awareness. Visitors will be able to view the glassblowing from 9am to 2pm on Sunday August 5th at the glass factory which is strategically located near the Ngwenya/Oshoek border leading into South Africa.  There will be a team creating some unique glass artworks on the day and visitors will be able to watch at no cost.

 

 

  • Mantenga Cultural Village

Situated in a Ezulwini Valley within Mantenga Nature Reserve, the Cultural Village is a natural display where visitors can learn about everyday life in a traditional Swazi homestead, and enjoy vibrant traditional dance shows.

There is also a small network of hiking trails offering visitors the opportunity to experience the beautiful contrast between reverine middleveld habitats and Highveld open grassland. The nature reserve also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

 

 

  • Swazi Candles

Guests can enjoy the vibrant, music filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley where they can interact with the candle artisans as they work their magic. The beautifully intricate designs of Swazi Candles use the ancient technique known as “millifiore”. Millefiore, or, “thousand flowers”, first surfaced in Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glassmaking cities of Murano and Venice. The Swazi Candles shop is situated a few kilometers from the Luju venue and is located in a complex where visitors view local and African fashion; design arts and crafts; and relax amidst beautiful views at a coffee shop within the centre of it all.

 

 

  • Tree Top Canopy Tour

Experience the thrill of gliding through the forest canopy in one of the last mountain wilderness areas left in Swaziland. The Malolotja canopy tour offers most dramatic scenery you will ever encounter with striking rock formations, towering cliff faces, a rich diversity of flora and fauna, across a lush forest canopy towards the Malolotja mountain forest peaks.

 

 

  • National Museum and King Sobhuza Park

This National museum is an amazing cultural experience and captures the link that Swaziland has with nature and the love it has for nature, the beautiful mountains, countless rolling hills and green pastures are all depicted in the natural history hall.

 

 

Find Out More

Travel packages and special offers will be announced in the upcoming weeks via local press and on the House on Fire website www.house-on-fire.com and Facbook page https://www.facebook.com/LujuFestival/

Luju also invites any interested traders, exhibitors and companies to contact us for more information on the opportunities available to be part of this amazing high-end lifestyle event.

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MTN Bushfire: Rainbow Your Fire!

Posted by radio On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire has also been hailed in by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival.”

MTN Bushfire is a uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.

 

From May 25th – 27th MTN Bushfire encourages everyone, from guests and artists, to traders and vendors to BRING YOUR FIRE to the beautiful Malkerns valley in Swaziland.

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

 

As part of the annual Bring Your Fire call to action, MTN Bushfire 2018 will be hosting a diversity of activations in the newly launched and fully interactive, Bring Your Fire Zone. This year a range of themes will be featured at the festival, including environmental sustainability, education, cultural development, human rights, equality for LGBTI people, gender issues,  as well as sexual & reproductive health and freedom.

 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people experience significant social discrimination in many places. The consequence of these social and structural factors is that many members of the LGBTI community are not able to lead a dignified life, have a family and contribute to society. The long-term vision is for all people to enjoy equal recognition before the law and social inclusion within society.

 

MTN Bushfire, in partnership with Swazi organisation The Rock of Hope will therefore present a host of activities aimed at promoting equality and inclusion. From poetry slams and discussion at the new venue The Hub, to social and photo booth activations, everyone is invited to take part.

The MTN Bushfire Rainbow Fire Stall Activation seeks to raise the visibility of the LGBTI community within the space with the hopes to spread the fire of acceptance within the communities in which they reside.

 

The Rock of Hope is an advocacy organisation partnered locally with the Other Foundation, and internationally by All Out, and is working on a number of initiatives in Swaziland to promote equality and acceptance.

 

MTN Bushfire is also very excited to announce a performance from Staceyann Chin, multiple award-winning poet and performer. Winner of the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award, Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

 

A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.

Further activations and partnerships within this space will be announced soon. For more information on the 2018 edition of MTN Bushfire visit www.bush-fire.com or https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE

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 Heart FM makes a change to its mid-morning show that’s certain to be well received. The station is moving one of Cape Town’s most well-liked presenters, Irma G, into the 9 am to 12 noon show. Irma is no stranger to radio and the station believes she’ll bring her passion and flair for music alive in this time slot. The workplace soundtrack now changes a gear and picks up the pace with Irma G in the driving seat.

 

Head of Programming, Denver Apollus says “ Irma G is a household name in the radio game, and I’m confident she’ll bring a fresh new approach to the 6 to 6 line-up. She’s one of the most versatile radio presenters in the industry and I’m so happy she’ll now have her own daytime slot.”

 

“I fell in love with radio many years ago, and have loved entertaining and talking to people from all walks of life! I am honoured to have had a career that’s  spanned over 22 years – and this opportunity to host the 9 to 12 space excites me! I’m looking forward to sharing my love for music, which is pure; music drives me beyond bad moods and exhaustion, it fuels me! And I hope to bring that drive and passion and share it in my 9 to 12 show.” Says Irma G.

 

 

Some of the other voices who feature on the station are the likes of the experienced producers – Grant Jansen and Duncan Patrick – and new recruit, Kelly Pearce.

 

Pearce is one of a few new radio voices to have been recruited by Heart FM recently – and Apollus says this fresh talent will be given their own space to develop as well.

Mon to Fri

04:00 – 06:00      Kabelo Shomang

Fri & Sat

04:00 – 06:00      Lesley Piet

Apollus also mentions a few other changes will be  implemented in the coming weeks.

Heart FM enjoys a dominant position in the radio landscape in the Western Cape, and a refreshed, well-timed  talent line up should see the station retain that mass appeal.

 

 

Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys says “Irma has always been a loyal and committed presenter, and affording her this opportunity makes sense. She has the potential to elevate the show and bring a uniqueness for this time of the day”

 

 

The Mon to Fri Line-Up 

06:00 – 09:00      Heart Breakfast with Aden Thomas, Tapfuma Makina, Julian Naidoo, Deon Bing, Darren Green & Jenny Morris

09:00 – 12:00      Irma G

12:00 – 15:00      Clarence Ford

15:00 – 18:00      #Drive326 with Suga, Jeremy Harris & Jodee Butler

18:00 – 22:00      In the mix with Diggy Bongz

22:00 – 01:00      JP Carelse

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The award which aims to acknowledge the very best of business journalism, comes in recognition of the network’s efforts to highlight the narrative of Africa’s growth and the opportunities present in the continent
 

On 01 May 2018, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) presented CNBC Africa (www.CNBCAfrica.com) the 2018 Award for “Best Business Television”, in Victoria Island, Lagos. The award which aims to acknowledge the very best of business journalism, comes in recognition of the network’s efforts to highlight the narrative of Africa’s growth and the opportunities present in the continent. According the Director of Advocacy & Research, LCCI, Dr. Vincent Nwani, “the objective of the annual awards is to recognise, celebrate and promote private and public institutions that have exhibited the core values of best business practices, growth through innovations, business sustainability and have positively impacted the society. This award is the outcome of a painstaking selection process from numerous entries received for this award category and backed by feedback from industry/market intelligence”.

 

 

The distinct blend of PAN African and International content, and keen focus on economic news led CNBC Africa to emerge as the undisputed winner of this award. CNBC Africa commenced its African  journey in 2007- and has since then, grown to be a dependable network for actionable business and financial information. The detailed coverage provided by the channel across markets and sectors, makes it a reliable source of information to the African business community. With a viewership crossing 23 million households on DSTV, Startimes Nigeria, Canal Plus and Kwese TV, across 48 African countries- CNBC Africa bridges the gap between CEO’s, entrepreneurs, government, the business community and the average man. The channel has state-of-the-art infrastructure and studios in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kigali and Johannesburg, and imbibes a PAN African spirit unique to itself.

 

 

Mr. Frederic Vandevyver, Executive Director for West Africa, collected the award on behalf of CNBC Africa and expressed his gratitude for the honour. Mr Vandevyver noted that CNBC Africa remains committed to creating value and empowering people by accurately and passionately telling Africa’s business story first; He stated, “To get an award in Lagos, which in my opinion is one of the most vibrant economic and business cities in Africa means a lot. I want to dedicate this award to the team working here in West Africa. They work 24 hours, 7 days a week to ensure that we cover all the business news in the best way possible. This award goes to them.”

 

 

The network aims to be Africa’s business channel of choice across the continent – focused on aggressively growing its viewership by making the channel more accessible to the average African, this award does provide more momentum and encouragement to channel to achieve its dream.

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GfK launches its annual ViewScape study in Africa, showing how the rise of digital platforms is transforming consumers’ viewing habits.

Some 20% of South Africans who sign up for a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service such as Netflix or Showmax do so with the intention of cancelling their pay television subscription. That’s according to GfK’s international ViewScape survey*, which this year covers Africa (South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria) for the first time.

 

The study-which surveyed 1,250 people representative of urban South African adults with Internet access-shows that 90% of the country’s online adults today use at least one online video service and that just over half are paying to view digital online content. The average user spends around 7 hours and two minutes a day consuming video content, with broadcast television accounting for just 42% of the time South Africans spend in front of a screen.

 

Consumers in South Africa spend nearly as much of their daily viewing time – 39% of the total – watching free digital video sources such as YouTube and Facebook as they do on linear television. People aged 18 to 24 years spend more than eight hours a day watching video content as they tend to spend more time with free digital video than people above their age.

 

Says Benjamin Ballensiefen, managing director for Sub Sahara Africa at GfK: “The media industry is experiencing a revolution as digital platforms transform viewers’ video consumption behaviour. The GfK ViewScape study is one of the first to not only examine broadcast television consumption in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, but also to quantify how linear and online forms of content distribution fit together in the dynamic world of video consumption.”

 

The study finds that just over a third of South African adults are using streaming video on demand (SVOD) services, with only 16% of SVOD users subscribing to multiple services. Around 23% use per-pay-view platforms such as DSTV Box Office, while about 10% download pirated content from the Internet. Around 82% still sometimes watch content on disc-based media.

 

“Linear and non-linear television both play significant roles in South Africa’s video landscape, though disruption from digital players poses a growing threat to the incumbents,” says Molemo Moahloli, general manager for media research & regional business development at GfK Sub Sahara Africa. “Among most demographics, usage of paid online content is incremental to consumption of linear television, but there are signs that younger consumers are beginning to substitute SVOD for pay-television subscriptions.”

 

 

*GfK’s annual ViewScape study is run in 19 countries: Australia, Brazil, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South African, Spain, Sweden, UK, US. Full country reports are available for purchase.

 

 

[Source:GFK.com]

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Reggae Pilgrimage Leads to Collaboration

Posted by radio On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

As Dub inc, the internationally acclaimed French reggae group continue their global success, with concerts across Africa, their recent performance in Abidjan took on special significance.

One of the group’s singer Komlan said this past week that his participation in the Anoumabo Festival of Urban Music (Femua 2018) was like a pilgrimage, as Côte d’ivoire the capital of reggae in Africa, “For me, it was like a kind of pilgrimage. We went to Kingston, Jamaica, but Abidjan is also the reggae capital in Africa,” added the French artist of Beninese origin.

 

The group was in the Ivory Coast for the FEMUA festival, launched in 2008 by the legendary Ivorian musical group Magic System. The festival is one of the biggest festivals in sub-Saharan Africa and is a forum for promoting urban music rhythms.

 

During their stay in Abidjan, Dub inc collaborated with the singer Alif Naaba, known as the ‘Barefoot Prince of Burkina Faso,” and the kora player Massa Dembele, both from Burkina Faso. Alif was featured in the original version of the song in 2013, off the group’s album Paradise.

 

The collaboration resulted in a moving acoustic rendition of the group’s version of the song “Enfants des ghettos / Children of the Ghetto” that will be released as a music video on May 5th, just weeks ahead of the group’s arrival in Southern Africa.

 

The song is an apt outcome of the festival that is also a platform on the major issues affecting the African continent, with the theme this year being illegal immigration.  Komlan went on to explain that “risking your life to (go) to Europe is dangerous and has a price. The goal of illegal immigrants, he says, “is rarely achieved and unfortunately many Africans who are waiting for their relatives in Europe do not know that life there is difficult.”

 

The group will soon be heading to South Africa and Swaziland with their hopeful vision of unity and tolerance, infused with electronic vibrations, some hints of dubstep, and a few hip hop references.

 

 

The group will be performing at the following events across South Africa and Swaziland at the end of May 2018.

 

25/05/2018 – Bushfire Festival / Malkerns

26/05/2018 – Bassline Festival / Johannesburg

27/05/2018 – Zakifo Music Festival / Durban

 

To get a sneak preview of the uplifting vibes of Dub inc – check out a range of videos here:  http://www.dub-inc.com/en/videos/

 

Their latest album, So What, as well as over a dozen of the group’s previous albums can be streamed  here: http://www.dub-inc.com/en/disco/

 

 

Dub inc Fast Facts

 

20 YEARS OF EXISTENCE (together since 1998)

300,000 TOTAL RECORD SALES with 6 albums, 2 maxis and 1 live

434 000 FOLLOWERS on Facebook

152 MILLLIONS views on Youtube

350 SHOWS IN THE PAST 5 YEARS in front of more than a million of spectators, 50% abroad over 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND 5 CONTINENTS: Germany, Portugal, Spain, Poland and more in Europe… Algeria, Marocco or Senegal in Africa… to USA, Canada, Jamaica, India or New Caledonia… and Russia or Mexico recently.
TOURING THE BIGGEST FESTIVALS such as SulaFest in India,Heartbeat Festival in Mexico, Summerjam in Germany, Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Rototom Festival in Spain, WOMAD in UK, Australia and New Zealand, Rock Al Parque in Bogota (Colombia) or Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal (Canada)

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Orange (www.Orange.comand Vivendi (www.Vivendi.com)  have joined forces to meet the expectations of the fast-growing African continent, keen to consume cultural goods and rediscovering, after three decades in which cinemas had all but disappeared, the unique experience of the big screen in the best technical conditions and absolute comfort.

 

CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinemas and performance venues deployed by Vivendi in central and Western Africa, with 8 cinemas open to date, twenty by the end of 2018 and several dozen in the next few years. Every week, several thousand spectators visit each of the cinemas, all equipped with a cutting-edge projection and sound system.

 

As part of this partnership, Orange will offer its “Cinédays” programme in all the CanalOlympia cinemas where Orange is present, i.e. 8 African countries and a dozen multi-purpose cinema and performance venues. Cinédays was launched in the UK in 2004. Today, it is available in Romania, Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Morocco. It enables Orange customers to benefit from a 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer once or twice a week, to invite a person of their choice to share an enjoyable moment at the cinema together.

 

 

The offer will initially be launched in Cameroon, quickly followed by Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, and Niger, then Mali, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the CanalOlympia network is deployed.

 

The CanalOlympia cinemas offer a varied programme including French films, films from different African countries, American blockbusters and productions specifically aimed at young people. Orange Studio may contribute to the programming with new co-productions as well as its extensive catalogue of European and African films.

 

Orange will provide its expertise and know-how to ensure the best connectivity and to improve the digital distribution of films in the various CanalOlympia cinemas.

 

Orange’s contribution to this ambitious project will also include the integration of Orange Money, its flagship mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer, now available in 17 countries with over 37 million customers. For the first time, you will be able to pay directly at the cinema using your mobile thanks to the digital tills.

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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is a membership-based organisation that administers the performing right in musical works on behalf of its composer and publisher members.

 

SAMRO plays a key role in the music ecosystem of South Africa and regularly engages with other players in this ecosystem, including its members, other copyright management organisations, and users of music, the recording industry, as well as policy and lawmakers.

 

 

Following the presentation of the new SAMRO strategy at the AGM of November 2017, which focusses on member-centricity, operational and governance efficiency and policy review, the membership at that meeting gave SAMRO the mandate to engage in a full policy and systems review.

 

 

This review has included various engagements with members, included Roundtable meetings in Johannesburg, Capetown and Durban, and has included assessments of the rules governing membership, distribution and directorship at SAMRO.

 

 

Also under review have been the distribution rules governing the calculation of royalties earned for the arrangement of gospel and traditional music that is in the public domain (so called “DP” works). A musical work is classified as “DP” by SAMRO when it does not enjoy copyright protection and is in the public domain (domaine publique, DP). Contrary to various media reports, DP is not person but a system identifier to classify works that are in the public domain.

 

 

In an article published on 1 April 2018, it was alleged by the media that SAMRO is involved in the unlawful deduction of royalties pertaining to re-arrangements of music that is in the public domain (i.e. not copyright-protected). SAMRO stands by its rejection of the allegation that it has acted unlawfully and views the statements as deeply false and misleading.

 

We acknowledge that the treatment of arrangements of public domain works requires attention by ourselves as a membership-based organisation and the Government of South Africa, from a copyright policy and socio-economic perspective.

 

This arrangement rule currently recognises a capped 16.7% copyright royalty share for the portion of the work that the arranger created on the back of the original public domain work.  This percentage is allocated to the person who arranges the DP work. The balance of 83.3% of the royalty share that would have accrued to the rest of the arrangement had the DP portion been in copyright is held back and distributed to all the active musical works belonging to SAMRO members in proportion to the use of their music during the period under review.

 

 

The idea behind this rule is that it would not be equitable for the re-arranger of the music to benefit from 100% of the royalties because he/she has used someone else’s music as a base and has only contributed to a portion of the new arrangement. Royalties are neither collectable or payable for out-of-copyright/public domain works. As such, SAMRO’s licensing arrangements are limited to the copyright-protected musical works of its members.

 

 

SAMRO accepts that this rule, although not unlawful, is ripe for review by the membership to have a more favourable impact on the arranger who decides to “revive” a traditional song that has now fallen outside copyright. The members of SAMRO, during the roundtable consultations, have engaged favourably on this matter and it has been agreed that the percentage payable should be increased from the current 16.7%. It should be noted that the 16.7% level is benchmarked internationally with most similar organisations pegging the percentage between 12.5%-25%.

 

 

Other important matters discussed at the roundtables were:

  • the simplification of membership categories,

  • understanding membership criteria,

  • streamlining of member benefits,

  • the introduction of more independent directors on the board,

  • inadequate music usage reporting by users of music,

  • the Copyright Amendment Bill currently under review,

  • SAMRO’s commitment to transformation,

  • the link between local content music quotas on broadcasters and higher local royalty distributions, and

  • the need for increased member engagement to ensure an increased understanding of how SAMRO operates and its role in the larger music ecosystem.

 

 

It is unfortunate to note that at the Johannesburg roundtable meeting that took place on Monday 23 April 2018, a group of non-SAMRO members forced their way into what was a members-only meeting. It is believed the lack of understanding of the role SAMRO plays in the music industry was the cause of the numerous non-member musicians demanding entry into the meeting. SAMRO is in fact an administrator of active copyright music used by licensees, but is largely and wrongly viewed as the central body responsible for policy and socio-economic issues in the music industry. SAMRO accepts it has a contribution to make in this regard, but it is important to note that SAMRO’s mandate remains limited to its members and to matters of copyright, and specifically the public performance right, in compositions. This means that matters relating to recording contracts, unfair practices between musicians in general as well as any other artist royalties and revenues are excluded from SAMRO’s mandate.

 

 

The executive team at SAMRO is now collating all member inputs and encourages any more submissions to be sent to marketing@samro.org.za.

 

 

The submissions and recommendations will be presented to the membership of SAMRO at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in June 2018, where it is hoped that new rules will be adopted that reflect the member’s will and best interests.

 

 

 

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