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New community radio station, Sunshine Radio 100.6fm, has hit the airwaves on the West Coast, Swartland and Cape Metropole. Broadcasting from Yzerfontein and Riebeek Kasteel, the station boasts a fresh line-up with anchors aiming to be the light in your life, according to the station’s slogan.

 

2016 Sunshine Radio - Allan BarnardVeteran radio personality, Allan Barnard and his novice co-host, Heidi Brand, host the Drive Show between 3pm and 6pm.  According to Barnard, he joined Sunshine Radio 100.6FM as station manager and anchor presenter, to “create a radio home for all those people who feel lost in the vast jungle of sausage factory radio stations in the Cape.  In my humble opinion, they all sound the same”, he says, “so we want to stand out for playing familiar music all the time and talking about bread-and-butter issues that matter to ordinary people without too much razzmatazz”.

 

He started his long career in radio at then Radio Good Hope in 1985, broadcasting local sports results for an hour on Saturday evenings. He joined KFM in 1997 and after more than a decade of presenting the Morning and Afternoon Drive shows alternatively, he moved to 567 Cape Talk and 702’s Solid Gold Weekends for an eight-year stint where, as he puts it, “they put me out to pasture, but I loved every minute of grazing on the hits of yesteryear”.

 

Barnard, who was born on the West Coast in Saldanha Bay and raised in Cape Town, presents his show from the satellite studio at Kasteelberg Country Inn in Riebeek Kasteel. “I thoroughly enjoy living here. It’s only an hour from everywhere and it’s a small town, where people truly still care about each other.”

 

His co-presenter, Riebeek Kasteel local Heidi Brand, made her debut as a radio presenter at the insistence of Allan, who says “she is absolutely a radio natural. She is fun, witty and has an approach to radio that is unfettered by previous radio experience. Listeners instantly connect to her down-to-earth humour.  We laugh a lot on the show”.

 

On work, Barnard comments that “it invigorates me. I want Sunshine Radio to become the favourite radio station for the whole West Coast and Swartland – a station that people call their radio ‘home’. I must admit that it’s a bit scary to be part of a brand new station – I’m already looking forward to my next holiday.”

 

In his free time, Barnard enjoys reading and is passionate about travel. “I absolutely love planning overseas trips and also really enjoy red wine, sometimes to my own detriment.” He gets his inspiration from the success of others. “Life lessons I’ve learnt is to always be direct and honest, and to demand the same from others. I was sequestrated in my early 30’s due to bad decisions, but overcame that and rebuilt my life successfully. It was a huge learning curve for me,” he adds.

 

Sunshine Radio’s broadcast reach extends to a combined region of more than 100 000 km² that is home to almost two million diverse listeners. Barnard concludes that “from Vredenburg to Langebaan, Blouberg to Malmesbury, Stellenbosch to Wolseley and Somerset West to Cape Town CBD, Sunshine Radio 100.6FM’s mission is to always be there to keep our listeners company with a familiar sound. Let the Sun Shine on your radio at 100.6fm!”

 

 

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SABC reaffirms its partnership with Moshito

Posted by radio On September - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

SABC has reaffirmed its media partnership with the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition taking place from 07 to 10 September at the SABC.  There are over 100 panellists participating in over 12 topics – 5 breakaways, 5 plenaries, 2 workshops, as well as a music managers meeting. This year’s theme is titled, Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised.

moshitoSABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago says, “It is no coincidence that the SABC is the strategic broadcast partner for Moshito. The SABC is the custodian of the countries cultural expressions and music heritage and therefore our role is to tell the creative industries story, whether it is through film or music. We will continue to support the music conference and host it within the SABC premises, where it was first broadcast. ”

Some of the topics that will form part of the discussions include, Live Events & Production, Song Sampling, a managers’ round table discussion as well as a demo presentation among in which one up and coming talent stands a chance to walk away with R20 000 Moshito Prize (Trophy and title of the Moshito 2015 Demo Presentation Competition Winner, Funding the production and recording of two songs, Short biography, Artwork of the CD cliché, Radio sampling and interview, Photo shoot).

Young talent, Marley Bloo! was the 2015 winner of this prize and it helped her launch her music career. There will be opportunities for everyone at the conference. Catch presentations by South African and International music industry icons like Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Tu Nokwe, Matt Sonzala (SXSW, USA), Reason, Oskido, Justin Van Wyk (Big Concerts), to name but a few.

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Eight of South Africa’s much-loved music artists and bands have signed up for Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio on 23 October 2016. The line-up was revealed during East Coast Radio’s special 6am to 6pm outside broadcast from California Dreaming at Durban’s Dairy Beach today.  Locnville, Kyle & Shekinah, Beatenberg, TiMO ODV, Matthew Mole, AKA, Nasty C and Freshly Ground are set to wow fans at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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Security will definitely be top of mind. The improved measures will step-change the overall experience and include the following tweaks:

  • This year, Durban Day is exclusively a day-event. Gates open at 10am and the first act takes to the stage at 11am. The curtain will come down at 5pm.
  • Entry to People’s Park will now be managed through one entrance only, following the same procedure that was rolled out during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This includes heightened security measures including the use of metal detectors.
  • Only a limited number of tickets are available this year. By decreasing the number people attending the event, the station has ensured better crowd control and an improved overall experience for concert-goers.
  • Bars will close two hours before the end of the event and stricter controls have been put in place in the dispensing of alcohol.

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Tickets are R200 from Computicket but some surprise elements for early bird purchasers will ensure that this remains a family event and something music lovers can look forward to. The early bird offer of R120 a ticket is available until Monday, 5 September 2016 only. Thereafter, the normal ticket price will apply.

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All 8 artists have expressed excitement at performing at Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio saying they can’t wait to connect with their KZN fans and showcase their all-time hits and new music.

 

Kyle Deutsch, Matthew Mole, Timo ODV and Locnville jetted into Durban for today’s launch and delighted fans and listeners with special live performances.

 

Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio takes place at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium on 23 October 2016. Tickets are R200 each and available at Computicket. There are limited early bird tickets available at R120 from Computicket until 5 September 2016. Free entry for children under 3.

 

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Kaya FM 95.9 Home of the Afropolitan is pleased to announce some dynamic changes in its on air content this September with a robust line up of accomplished personalities including; Tebogo “Proverb” Thekiso, Bridget Masinga, Thomas Msengana, and Kojo Baffoe. The changes are part of the station’s continued focus in creating engaging content that appeals to the ever evolving Afropolitan demographic.

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On weekends, the “Kaya FM Top 40” which airs every Saturday between 10h00 and 14h00, will be hosted by Proverb who has built his on air profile at Kaya FM with guest appearances across various daytime shows. The show will take a different approach to the traditional countdowns exploring, unearthing and capturing musical narratives influenced by Proverbs experience and insight in music.

 

On weekdays, the evening 22h00 to midnight slot gets a meticulous makeover with an arts and culture show that showcases the modern creative world. Seasoned presenter Bridget Masinga will be anchor presenter every Monday to Wednesday and as well as Sundays between 22h00 to 24h00. Bridget Masinga has always been one to challenge her own comfort and broaden her horizons. She started her career as a Miss South Africa contestant before moving to television and radio. As part of aligning its focus in classical and contemporary African art and design, the “Karibu” show which similarly aims to reconnect Africans with their history whilst reflecting on successes and challenges hosted by Mike Siluma will move from its Sunday slot 22h00-24h00 to Thursdays between 21h00-23h00 .

 

The “Epic Rhythm” mix show airing Friday’s 7pm-10pm and Saturday 6pm -10pm.has evolved to a sophisticated musical experience providing unique mix of sounds for the Afropolitan moving into the weekend. Thomas Msengana will host the “Epic Rhythm” show from the 9th of September with content crafted for an audience enjoying their prime. As an accomplished radio host Thomas, established his radio prowess with young Afropolitans with the epic “Harambe” show with Bad Boy T, Lee and Sanza on Y FM.

 

Thabo “T-Bose” Mokwele the host of Best T in the City will add the new “Touch of Soul” Sunday music show from 14h00 to- 18h00 to his on air portfolio. The show will be a presentation of Soul, Lounge, Gospel classic RnB and contemporary songs from the continent of Africa and the world.

 

In addition, entrepreneur, writer, facilitator, content architect, former Destiny Man magazine editor and speaker Kojo Baffoe will be hosting a new in depth talk show due to broadcast from October 2016.

 

Kaya FM celebrates 19 years in broadcasting since its inception on the 1 August 1997. The leading South African radio station has evolved over the years from a mainly jazz station to a multi-platform, multi-content platform that speaks to a distinct Afropolitan audience.

 

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AAA Entertainment is excited to announce that one of its founding members and current Head of Sales, Mayenzeke Baza, has been named by Young Independents, Independent Media’s youth platform, as one of Mzansi’s 100.

 

ATFT_COLOUR_006_PRINT_Mzansi’s 100 recognizes inspiring young South Africans in five categories innovators, trailblazers, influencers, healers and disruptors. Baza has been honored in the innovation category specifically for his innovative and creative approaches to developing the SA film industry across the spectrum; from production to market.

 

Through his work at AAA Entertainment, Baza has spearheaded a number of innovative projects and initiatives within the film and television industry, especially regarding the distribution and financing of content.

 

This work includes iBiskop, an online film store that allows people to download videos using wi-fi at taxi ranks. It bypasses the difficulties many South Africans have accessing video on demand because there is unlimited bandwidth, the films are cheap, and they can be purchased using a cash voucher that can be bought from a vendor, so there is no need for credit cards.

 

Cinema exhibition has also been innovated by Baza with a new approach in the Faith Based genre. On the release of God is Not Dead 2 AAA Entertainment piloted a mobile DCP system that allowed churches to screen the film day and date with the release in traditional cinemas with no risk of piracy and contributing 5% of the weekend box office with one single screening. “The system can also be used to bring local black films to untapped audiences in areas where cinemas have not been built, yet the appetite for these films is evident”, says Baza

 

AAA Entertainment is a global company doing sales on films and TV content around the world and has offices in Johannesburg and Los Angeles, with an office in Lagos imminent in the next few months. The LA office is co-developing a television and film slate of 400 hours for the US and international market with their partners Hoplite Entertainment, with distribution and network deals signed on each series or film before being greenlit for production.

 

Pascal Schmitz head of acquisitions at AAA Entertainment is delighted with the recognition of his business partner and adds, “At AAA Entertainment, we are motivated to succeed based on our passionate belief in the talent and potential that exists in this country. We are always looking for new ways to develop that talent and bring it to market.”

 

 

As Head of Sales at AAA Entertainment, Baza has been responsible for shopping a host of South African films to international distributors. With recent deals concluded for films such as Hard to Get and Between Friends.

 

Baza explains the importance of innovation within this field, “You have to be ahead of the game and understand both international trends as well as the local environment. At AAA we don’t just acquire films for international sales, but rather we  work with filmmakers from the development phase to ensure that their films will be marketable locally and internationally.  Our international experience in sales, working with some of the biggest buyers and distributors globally, as well our personal experience as South African producers, give us a unique perspective on the industry.”

 

AAA Entertainment represents some of the continent’s most promising films, TV series and talented filmmakers, offering a unique, globally focused distribution and sales service to buyers across the globe.

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RAY PHIRI – The Man, The Music & Friendships

Posted by radio On August - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Afro-Jazz icon Ray Phiri debuts at the Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline stage in a very special one night only performance with the surprise guests performing alongside the legend. Bassline will be the backdrop of legends meeting with future legends.

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Ray’s extraordinary catalogue of songs stretches back almost 50 years, coincides with Bassline’s 22nd birthday celebration as the number one music venue of choice for all artists and fans. To celebrate Bassline’s 22nd birthday and Heritage Month, Ray is asking Kaya FM listeners to choose a set-list of 22 songs

The globally renowned composer, singer and guitarist will be reflecting on the past 22 years of democracy in South Africa through his songs. Each selected song will need to sit within or represent a chosen epoch, this will allow fans to take control of the show and interact with the legend himself!

Ray Phiri will perform songs from Afro-fusion band Stimela where he was the founder and lead vocalist, the Grammy award winning Graceland album and his solo songbook, the show itself will then be structured into four segments each reflecting five year epochs beginning in 1994.

Rounding off the rare musical feast will be newcomers Thee Legacy, an exciting acapella unit formed with of the grandsons of the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Having performed at major festivals such as the Africa Day Concert Thee Legacy will no doubt bring for an eclectic mix of musical alchemy!

The show will be taking place on the 10th September 2016 and streamed live (via Skyroom Live) and recorded later for pay per view. Tickets can be bought at Webtickets for R180 or R200 at the door!

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OpenView HD now in over half a million homes

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

OpenView HD surpassed half a million activated households on Tuesday.

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Platco Digital’s Managing Director Patrick Conroy says, “500 000 active OpenView HD set-top boxes is significant because the platform now has at least 2 million viewers. The more popular channels include e.tv HD, eMovies Plus, DaVinci Learning, Glow TV and our new addition to the OpenView HD bouquet Trace Sport Stars.”

 

OpenView HD will be celebrating its 3rd birthday in October and will be announcing the launch of a new channel to celebrate this.

 

Conroy adds, “The mix of content including educational, children and entertainment programming is appealing to our target market. First time buyers of multi-channel television are enjoying the choice that the platform offers.”

 

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Cost of data holding back adoption of internet TV

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In a recent consumer survey commissioned by ShowMax, the most common reason cited for not signing up to internet TV services is the cost of data. The amount of data needed to stream TV shows and movies can be one gigabyte (GB) per hour or more. To help manage this, ShowMax has introduced bandwidth capping functionality that can reduce data consumption by as much as 75%. ShowMax has also introduced a bandwidth calculator to help customers estimate how much data they need.

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“We knew anecdotally that people were worried about internet costs, but the results of the survey were stark. Forty percent of respondents said the main reason they don’t use internet TV services is the high cost of data. Twice as many people chose this over the next most common concern, which was not understanding how to set up internet TV,” said Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer at ShowMax.

 

ShowMax has been actively addressing the data cost challenge, first by introducing the ability to download TV shows and movies to take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots, and now by introducing user-selectable bandwidth capping on most of its apps. Subscribers can select either a low bandwidth cap of 0.3 GB/hr, a medium cap of 0.7 GB/hr, or leave usage uncapped.

 

Watching five hours per week, which is enough for 15 episodes of The Big Bang Theory or 7 episodes of Suits, the maximum amount of data used would be as follows:

 

 

Low bandwidth cap (0.3 GB/hr):   1.5 GB / week

Medium bandwidth cap (0.7 GB/hr):  3.5 GB / week

Uncapped (1.4 GB/hr):    7.1 GB / week

 

The low usage setting equates to a resolution of 360p, the medium equates to standard definition 480p, while uncapped can deliver up to 720p high definition. All ShowMax apps feature dynamic streaming with active monitoring of the connection speed and automatic adjustment of resolution to the make the most of the available bandwidth, up to the selected cap.

 

 

To help estimate data usage, ShowMax has created a bandwidth calculator. Simply choose the required quality level and the number of hours watched per week, and the calculator gives an estimate of weekly and monthly data usage. The calculator is accessible here: https://www.showmax.com/eng/go/bandwidth-calculator.

 

 

“We purposefully made bandwidth capping applicable at the individual app level rather than have a blanket setting for the account. This way, it’s possible to chose a lower usage cap for smaller screens – perhaps for the kids watching cartoons on a tablet – while still having the full HD experience on a big screen TV.

 

 

“The data cost challenge is greater in Africa than almost anywhere else and ShowMax has been at the forefront of tackling this, first with downloads and now with bandwidth capping. The key to success in Africa is tailoring your service to local needs,” concludes Ernst.

 

 

ShowMax apps are available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Apple TV (4th generation), and selected Samsung and LG smart TVs. ShowMax apps support both AirPlay and Chromecast. The service can also be viewed on laptop and desktop computers via web browser.

 

 

Bandwidth capping settings can be accessed either via the settings / app preferences menu on most apps, or by using the settings button on the play bar if connecting via a web browser.

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Lindelani Mkhize Presents Ignite

Posted by radio On August - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In celebration of his 50th birthday, music industry pioneer, Lindelani Mkhize is proud to announce his partnership with Joburg Theatre and ATTV Productions for the inaugural musical production titled, “Ignite” – an initiative set to kindle the music industry whilst providing world class entertainment.

 

mkziFollowing two decades of musical achievements, it can be said that Lindelani Mkhize has lived a life that’s been ignited with passion and sheer dedication to his craft; making him a household name in the music fraternity.

 

IGNITE is a two – day state of the art production aimed at showcasing South Africa’s undiscovered or “little known” musical talent across music genres. From Friday, 2 September to Saturday, 3 September, the Mandela @ Joburg Theatre will be abuzz with the musical sounds of South Africa’s hidden melodic talent.

 

“I have always believed that our country is home to an amazing pool of talent and IGNITE is an extension of that belief. I’m so excited that our partners share my sentiment and through this initiative, we hope to ignite talent and promote a culture of unconventional collaborations. We are creating a platform for undiscovered talent”, commented Lindelani Mkhize.

 

Lindelani Mkhize is a man who wears many musical hats; widely known for his extraordinary contribution to the SA music industry, he’s best known as the founder and conductor of South Africa’s successful gospel music ensemble, MTN Joyous Celebration, music producer, record label executive, a judge on South Africa’s popular television music shows such as, ‘I want to sing Gospel’ and ‘Clash of the choirs’ and now – IGNITE.

 

“The three-hour production promises to take music enthusiasts on an unforgettable musical experience and journey rich with colour and flavour coupled with the creative use of the latest technology to enhance the performances which incorporate a six-piece band, brass and a double quartet string section.

Whilst most of the featured talent has been identified by Mkhize, he has left a spot or two open for other hopefuls who will have to try their luck through an online platform.

 

Tickets to the two-day run go on sale on Friday 15 July at a cost of R180 to R400.

 

Book by telephone on 0861 670 670, online at www.webtickets.co.za or www.joburgtheatre.com and in person at the Joburg Theatre box office.

 

Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at www.webtickets.co.za/pnpoutlets.aspx)

 

Patrons can also book online and pay at any Pick N Pay store

 

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Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition is back with a bang with its 2016 theme Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised. This year the conference’s theme is looking back to when music was censored in South Africa by the apartheid government while it also looks forward to how this creative industry shouldn’t go through the same situation again in this democracy. The conference will therefore also look at SABC’s policy of 90% South African music in detail. Legends & young musicians with other local & international industry players will gather at the SABC from the 7th -10th September for the Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition 2016!

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Moshito 2016 – Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised has great topics (please see below) to benefit the new talent and those who are already doing business in the music industry in South Africa & internationally. It will attempt to answer and unpack some of the industry issues when Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition kicks off the 2016 instalment on 08 September.

Facilitated by Moshito Chairperson Sipho Sithole, speakers will include Moshito ambassador and SAMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Roger Lucey, whose musical career was abruptly cut short by the apartheid the Security Police in the early 80s. Joining him on the panel will be Paul Erasmus, a South African Security Police officer who testified to the TRC; as well as artists Carlos Djedje and Jah Seed among others. It promises to make for a fascinating peep into the recent history of SA’s music industry.

Moving things into the era of freedom of choice and closing off Day One will be the topic Whose Market Share is it? The Indie vs Major (The Big Debate). eNCA’s  Nontobeko Sibisi will lead the discussion as facilitator, where music big wigs will clarify the confusion that often come with the release and distribution of indie products/artists through major record labels among other issues. Catch speakers Velile Sithole (Native Rhythms), Thabiso Khati (Cashtime Life), DJ Tira (Afrotainment), Sipho Dlamini (Universal Music) and a host of other gurus and executives from both multinational and independent labels.

In the context of South Africa with its multiplicity of ethnic groups and indigenous sound representation, how does 90% local music translate into airplay? This is the question posed under the topic Airplay for What? On Day Two, 09 September.

Rap star Reason, artist activist Eugene Mthethwa, SAMRO’s Rev. Abe Sibiya, prolific singers Sibongile Khumalo and Zonke, the prolific Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, 999 Music’s Arthur Mafokate, and Moshito Chairperson Sipho Sithole will be speakers interrogating the current state of affairs in SA music in relation to the history-making 90% local content.

But being part of a global village means growing beyond local content and boarders. Hence the topic Meet International Music Markets: from Africa to the Americas is one of the most crucial of the conference, also on Day Two.

“The gathering of the grandest music markets from Africa and beyond!” is how Moshito describes this magnificent convention. “This platform is about sharing best practice, challenges and successes. The Dos and Don’ts in managing, promoting and hosting a music markets,” said Sithole.

Moshito Deputy Chairperson Mandla Maseko will be the facilitator, and speakers will include Sonya Mazumdar from EarthSync (India), Morocco Festival Director Matt Sonzala (USA), Brahim El Mazned of Visa for Music (Morocco), as well as delegates from Uganda, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Kenya, France, Seychelles, Poland and South Africa.

There are over 100 panellists participating in over 12 topics – 5 breakaways, 5 plenaries, 2 workshops, 1 music managers meeting, as well as demo and music showcases!

The full list of Moshito 2015’s riveting topic line up is as follows:

DAY 1: 08 September

 

Topic ONE: Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised

Topic TWO: Live Events & Production

Topic THREE: Traditional Music Beyond Boarders

Topic FOUR: Music Manager’s Forum Roundtable Discussion (Artist Managers Must Understand Their Role is Now Business Development)

Topic FIVE: Whose Market Share is it? The Indie vs Major (The Big Debate)

 

DAY 2: 09 September

Topic SIX: Let Your Music Speak:  Demo Presentations

Topic SEVEN: YFM Slot

Topic EIGHT: Airplay for What?

Topic NINE: Meet International Music Markets: from Africa to the Americas (Hosted by Africa Music Forum)

Topic TEN: Searching for that Platinum Artist: The hits and misses of an A &R (Artist & Repertoire) manager

Topic ELEVEN: Pitch Perfect Performance

Integrating the Body and Voice “Human Musical Instrument” for authentic and optimal performance. Communicating THIS performance to a captivated audience

Topic TWELVE: Conference Wrap Up

For some of the richest music knowledge this side of the continent and a chance to meet the fascinating and successful people in this industry, make sure you don’t miss this year’s Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition!

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