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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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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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Get to the Lusito Land Festival now

Posted by radio On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Great food and entertainment awaits those looking for a fun-tastic day out

 

It’s time to hot-foot it to the Lusito Land Festival! Lovers of authentic Portuguese cuisine and culture will once again be able immerse themselves a celebration of delicious food and great entertainment.

 

The festival, which runs from 26 April to 6 May, with a two-day break in between on 2 and 3 May, will be held at the new venue on Cayman Road in Alewynspoort, Johannesburg South.

 

Hot entertainment has been lined up for the festival and visitors will be able to catch top local acts such a such as AKA, Sketchy Bongo, The Parlotones, Mi Casa, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Snotkop, Matthew Mole, Lady Zamar, GoodLuck, Shekhinah, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Denim, 1st Project, Puppetsula, Choppa, Garth Taylor, Rubber Duc and Ballyhoo.

 

Festival Organiser, Noemi Contente, says they have taken suggestions from past patrons into account and implemented numerous upgrades to make the event better than ever. “With fun and the safety of festival-goers a top priority, we have planted grass to reduce dust, provided extra lighting and upgraded the restrooms.

 

“In addition, we have made additional entrances to the parking areas available (on Kliprivier (R550) between Iberis and Cayman Road and another on Cayman Road), moved the disabled parking areas closer to the entrance and transformed the main ticketing entrance,” she adds.

 

A giant barrel marquee will be the hub of everything Portuguese. The marquee was custom-made for the event and will include an exhibition of traditional Portuguese ceramics, a Portuguese language stand hosted by the Camões Institute and another selling castanhas assadas (roasted chestnuts), a delicious Portuguese classic, amongst others.

All funds raised at the festival are donated to the Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged.  Because the cost of caring for special-needs children and adults is beyond the means of many families, the proceeds from the festival go a long way towards easing their financial burden and ensuring learners benefit from a good education.

 

Don’t miss out on the fun. Get your tickets at Computicket now. https://online.computicket.com/web/event/lusito_land_festival/1200078314/0/85568200

 

 

Prices:

Adults and teens: R130

Kids between 6 and 12 years: R50

Pensioners: R50

Kids under-5: Free

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DEEZER LAUNCHES NEW TRAILBLAZERS PODCAST – THE DEFINITIVE STORIES OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC PIONEERS

  • TRAILBLAZERS presenters Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes celebrate dance and electronic music pioneers in new Deezer Originals podcast
  • Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes are widely respected champions of electronic music with Eddy playing an important role as a broadcaster and DJ, while Nick signed The Prodigy and countless artists as the scene grew in popularity over the years
  • Guests include: Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Gary Numan, Goldie, Mike Pickering, Mary Anne Hobbs and Danny Rampling

 

The world’s most personal global music streaming company, is launching its brand new originals podcast TRAILBLAZERS. The ‘Deezer Originals’ series honours famous artists, DJs and creators who inspired and established a unique genre of music, by transforming electronic music from underground subculture to a multi-million pound industry.

Presented by Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes, the new Deezer Originals reveals the legendary stories of visionaries who shaped electronic music around the world.

 

Trailblazers presenter Nick Halkes founded ground breaking record labels XL Recordings and Positiva. He has played an important role in the development of electronic music culture for close to thirty years.

 

Trailblazers presenter Nick Halkes founded the ground breaking record labels XL Recordings and Positiva before becoming a successful artist manager for The Prodigy, DJ Fresh and Stanton Warriors. He has played an important role in the development of electronic music culture for close to thirty years.

 

Eddy Temple-Morris gave the first ever airplay to acts including Kasabian, Simian Mobile Disco and Justice. As well as presenting daily on Virgin Radio he’s co-curator of the Secret Garden Party festival and is a regular DJ at major music festivals, previously performing at Creamfields Ibiza and High Definition Festival many more.

 

Guests range from the legendary musician Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, to iconic radio DJ and music mogul, Tony Prince and BBC Radio 6 presenter Mary Anne Hobbs. Each guest tells their unique story, charting  the momentous events that shook and shaped electronic music, including:

  • Gary Numan

  • Norman Cook

  • Mary Anne Hobbs

  • Goldie

  • Mike Pickering

  • Danny Rampling

  • Daniel Miller

  • Tony Prince

  • DJ Zinc

  • Renaat Vandepapeliere

 

Eddy Temple-Morris, co-host on the TRAILBLAZERS podcast, said: “The depth and the richness of storytelling in this series is as mind-blowing as it is heartwarming. This is a legacy project for generations to come and I’m so happy to be working with such a legend in Nick Halkes and with Deezer, who’ve been so supportive. It’s an ongoing electronica resource so people in the future know what happened from 1988 onwards, who made it, who signed it, who played it.”

 

Nick Halkes, joint presenter, said: “With almost 30 years working in the industry and as a lifelong fan of dance and electronic music I have spent countless hours studying and enjoying the work of the industry’s trailblazing artists, DJs and executives. My work launching and building the XL and Positiva labels plus everything I do today is influenced by the pioneers who went before me and who continue to do great work. I loved these conversations and I hope people find the podcasts as enjoyable and interesting as I did!”

 

Chris Baughen, Global VP of Content & Formats at Deezer said: “Having the chance to explore the untold stories behind the creation and growth of such a ground-breaking music genre is incredibly exciting. Our guests come armed with first-hand accounts of the most iconic moments in electronic music history and we can’t wait to share these stories with our listeners.”

Deezer users will be able to access the first TRAILBLAZERS episode here, with future episodes released weekly on the Electronic channel at https://www.deezer.com/us/channels/electronic.

 

 

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Golden Lounge Tickets sold out

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire would like to inform the public that MTN Bushfire 2018 Golden Lounge tickets are now sold out!

MTN Bushfire fans please take note: there are  are still limited tickets in all other full festival categories available  and people are urged to purchase their desired tickets before they sell-out.

 

MTN Bushfire tickets have completely sold out days before the event for the past 5 years and fans of this unique event know the importance of booking early.

 

As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2018 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe and a host of travel and ticket options are still available at www.bush-fire.com.

 

For MTN Bushfire 2018 there are a host of camping options available, whether you have your own equipment or not, and even for those looking for a more luxurious experience. The main MTN Bushfire campsite will open Thursday 24th May and guests can stay through Monday May 28th. Additionally, a new luxury camping option is now available for those festival goers looking for a bit more comfort in their camping experience.

 

The main MTN Bushfire campsite has great facilities, including hot showers, flushing toilets and running drinking water available all weekend.  There is a 24-hour café that sells breakfast, muffins, tea, coffee and juices throughout the weekend.  It is also a great spot for meeting new friends, and relaxing around fires.

 

A full serviced site, the campsite has a free car park located across the road from the camping area, a full security team, and a team of staff with wheelbarrows to assist you with taking your camping gear into the site.

 

Make sure you purchase your MTN Bushfire ticket separately to your camping package – and act now as MTN Bushfire tickets have sold out in advance of the event for the past three years. Many of the camping options also have limited space so book now.

Companies can also still purchase corporate packages for available tickets by sending an email to tickets@bush-fire.com. Alternatively, people can buy tickets online at www.bush-fire.com.

 

MTN Bushfire 2018 ticket sales rates have increased significantly compared to previous years. This means tickets are selling at a faster pace and people are encouraged to buy their tickets while stocks last to avoid missing out on the festival.

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BASSLINE FEST is proud to announce the latest addition to the line-up is none other than the five time Grammy winning South African singing legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Performing as part of the ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’ performance on Saturday the 26th May, alongside Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade, the group will also get the opportunity to do a solo set on the same night – making it one of the most exciting music weekends Johannesburg has ever witnessed.

With more artists being announced regularly, the festival’s line up is growing from strength to strength and has now officially announced artists from afield Brazil, France, Japan, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Mali, Nigeria and of course South Africa.

 

The artists are all part of the celebration that unites and pays homage to our continent and in particular this year, to the legacy that is Nelson Mandela.

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness the Nelson Mandela Tribute collaboration and add even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

So far, the confirmed line up of artists for BASSLINE FEST are as follows:

Salif Keita- Mali

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde

More artists are being booked for the festival on a regular basis.

 

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST will be held over 2 full days for guests to enjoy music platforms and great food as well as a Nelson Mandela day tour “Footsteps of Mandela”.  Dialogue will also be held to promote social cohesion across the continent.

 

The BASSLINE FEST hashtag, #Bethelegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  BASSLINE FEST is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.

 

The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.  The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.

 

SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400 per day or R700 for the weekend.

 

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, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Tsogo Sun, IFAS, more to be announced in due course.

 

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Southern African reggae and world music fans have something to celebrate in May, as the internationally acclaimed French group Dub inc will arrive for a series of exciting live performances at some of the region’s most loved festival events.

The epitome of the successful European Reggae band, Dub inc’s hundreds of live performance over the past ten years have seen them play to over a million fans in 31 countries and 5 continents.

 

Over the past 20 years, the band has perfected their unique blend of Reggae, Dancehall, Kabyl and World Music. With the two distinct and yet complimentary voices of Bouchkour and Komlan’s fronting the band, the band lives and breathes its message of the ethical intermixing of styles and people.

Whether they write in French, English or Kabyl, a Berber language spoken by the Kabyle people in the north and northeast of Algeria, the band conveys a universal message through their unique sense of melody combined with truthful lyrics.

 

Born to immigrant parents, the group, like many other Reggae greats, is both political and yet optimistic. Their hopeful vision of unity and tolerance will resonate strongly with local Reggae fans, while their sound, infused with electronic vibrations, some hints to dubstep, and a few hip hop references is infectiously memorable.

 

More than just a band, Dub inc, is a movement fronted by tens of thousands of activist fans. With a grass-roots DIY ethic, Dub inc engages directly with their audiences and fans. With three performances in the region, Southern African music fans can now become part of this movement.

 

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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From Friday, 13 April to Sunday, 22 April DStv Premium customers will experience an unprecedented cinematic journey with the M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel. This super-powered channel, which will be added to the already existing six M-Net Movies channels on DStv, will be available for ten days only on channel 109 and will feature 15 of the most pulsating films from the massively popular Marvel Studios franchise.

 

During these ten days, the M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel will run from 06:00 CAT to 00:00 daily. Each day of the week a film from the franchise, which has overlapping storylines, will be screened in chronological order, i.e. according to how the films were released in cinema. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, viewers can revisit the stories of their beloved heroes all the way through to Spiderman: Homecoming, which will close the channel on Sunday 22, April.

 

 

“This channel is a special treat for the legions of Marvel fans—both old and new—who have enjoyed the live-action exploits of favourite Marvel Superheroes in films that express the unique vision and creativity of their filmmakers, and deliver thrilling action and visual spectacles with relatable characters,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “The timing of our M-Net Movies Marvels Studios Pop-Up Channel is also absolutely perfect with the franchise currently creating an incredible buzz worldwide”

 

 

The release of the recent Black Panther became the biggest film of all time in East, West and South Africa, showing that Marvel Studios is at the forefront of the comic-book-turned-action-pop-culture phenomenon. While the M-Net Movies Marvel Pop-Up channel will give DStv viewers the opportunity to enjoy more gems of the franchise, which has been ten years in the making, it also serves as a lead-up to the new Avengers: Infinity War which hits South African cinemas on Friday, 27 April 2018.

 

On top of the 15 feature films (see list below) there will also be programming linked to the behind the scenes of the movies, such as: United We Stand, Divided We FallThe Making of Captain America: Civil War; Guide to The Galaxy with James Gunn and more.

 

Additionally, avid fans of the blockbuster franchise will be treated to a range of documentaries offering incredible insight into the history of Marvel. These include: Marvel 75 Years From Pulp to Pop; From Asgard To Earth (Thor); Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years; Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 Rebuilding the Suit; Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe just to mention a few!

The fifteen Marvel Studios blockbusters on the channel are:

Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Thor (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Avenges: Age of Ultron (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Doctor Strange (2016)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

 

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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) CEO Nothando Migogo has noted with deep concern, this past weekend’s media reports about the organisation’s distribution rules.

A sensational report by journalist Charl Blignaut in the City Press, sensationally headlined, “Gospel shocker: How black musicians got screwed”, raised several allegations, particularly around SAMRO member Ms Hlengiwe Mhlaba’s royalty pay-outs, SAMRO’s relationship with multinational publishers, and the matter of public domain works.

 

The report alleged that of the 90 songs collecting royalties through SAMRO on behalf of Ms Mhlaba, “24 were only paying out 16.7% of what was due to her”. It further said that, “the remaining 83.3% was, according to SAMRO’s own database, paid to a mysterious composer called ‘DP’”, and that “Mhlaba claims that in the course of 14 albums she has had well over R100, 000 taken by DP – on top of the millions SAMRO paid to [her former manager Sipho] Makhabane without her ever formally signing her rights over to him”.

Disappointingly, despite an extensive response to an equally lengthy query, SAMRO’s comments were largely overlooked by City Press, and this resulted in a news report containing several factual inaccuracies.

 

Firstly, it must be noted that ‘DP’ is not a person, but simply an internal system categorisation that is allocated to all public domain works. A musical work will be in the public domain if it never had copyright in the first place, or if the copyright has expired (which occurs 50 years after the death of the composer as per the Copyright Act).

 

“We requested Mr Blignaut to provide evidence of his calculations and allegation that SAMRO has allocated R2 billion to the ‘DP’ category, which he did not. Based on the information at my disposal, that figure is way off the mark. I have commissioned an exercise to get an accurate figure, which our board and membership of SAMRO will have access to within the week,” said Migogo.

 

Regarding the 16.7% Arrangement Rule – this deals with music arrangements of an existing musical work. The rules stipulate that where a composer creates an arrangement of an existing song, he or she receives 16.7% of the copyright in the arrangement. The balance goes to the composers of the original work because the presumption is that original work forms the basis – and thus lion’s share – of the new arrangement.

The songs in question, arranged by Ms Mhlaba, were in the public domain, which means there was no copyright accruing to the original composition which she was arranging. Therefore, according to the Arrangement Rule in force at SAMRO, Ms Mhlaba was allocated the 16.7%.

 

The remaining 83.3% is assigned the category ‘DP’, indicating that this portion is in the public domain and technically, this remaining 83.3% does not have a royalty attached to it.

Because SAMRO licenses its users, e.g. broadcasters, on a blanket basis (i.e. a predetermined amount to be paid out to all SAMRO-member works used by the user) and not on a per-song basis, it is evident that SAMRO does not specifically collect public domain/DP royalties.

 

The pre-determined licence fee offers the user indemnity against copyright claims. SAMRO then has to ensure that the fee received is divided equally against all the in-copyright musical works reported on the basis of airplay. Where some of the works reported are in the public domain, SAMRO then has to (during the internal royalty processing) find a way of removing those public domain works from the distribution pool. This is when they get categorised as DP, meaning they do not accrue any royalties. The royalties that would have accrued had the work been in copyright, are ring-fenced and distributed to all SAMRO member musical works that have been active in that year. There is no account or purse of royalties belonging to DP.

 

 

However, SAMRO also acknowledges that the redistribution policy of ‘DP’ categorised works may not be the best practice and, as part of its policy overhaul, is committed to reviewing and addressing this urgently, in consultation with its members. SAMRO also urges the DTI to urgently release the regulations on the copyright treatment of indigenous and traditional musical works.

 

Regarding the contractual relationship between Ms Mhlaba and Mr Makhabane, who are both SAMRO members a way forward was agreed upon, in writing by Mr Gilfillan, to ensure that the SAMRO rules are applied objectively. In instances where there was conduct which was not in line with the rules or it was found that one member benefited unduly at the expense of another member, this has been and will continue to be addressed. SAMRO takes the allegations of corruption seriously, and will take appropriate actions to ensure that the matter is resolved.

 

SAMRO also seeks to clarify the issue of its relationships with multinational publishers being blatantly untrue. It was reported that over half of SAMRO’s board is made up of multinational publishers, while in actual fact, only one board seat is occupied by a publisher that can be described as a multinational publisher. The SAMRO board can be viewed at http://www.samro.org.za/about.

 

SAMRO also notes that the good news of more royalty income remaining in the country was unreported. The listening patterns on radio have previously dictated that the majority of royalties in the past were paid to international rights holders. Encouragingly, though, it must be noted that in the last radio distribution (March 2018), a total of 6,907 local members earned either for the first time (over 2,000 were new earners) or increased their SAMRO earnings significantly, which means more royalties are staying in the country. In total, an increase of R24.2 million in local distributions was seen.

 

 

Finally, SAMRO welcomes the enquiry by the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, this week and looks forward to engaging with all relevant departments of government on matters of copyright and growing the creative economy in South Africa. The winds of change with new executive management since July 2017 have brought many improvements and a commitment remains work with our members to further improve where necessary and possible.

 

 

It must be recorded that long before the weekend City Press story broke, SAMRO had long been working on reviewing the rules in question as part of a far wider policy review. This was because of the clear disharmony between some of our policies and the SAMRO we wish to see in the future.

 

 

SAMRO will be engaging in roundtable meetings with its members in our three major centres during the month of April, after which an Extraordinary General Meeting in June 2018 will be held and where new rules will be agreed upon. The dates, which have already been communicated to members, are as follows:

 

  • Cape Town – 10 April, 2018
  • Durban – 13 April, 2018
  • Johannesburg – 23 April, 2018

 

 

“A commitment to changing and evolving for the benefit of our members has been unequivocally made by our board and new executive management at its last AGM,” said Migogo. “Further, we are committed to ensuring that any wrongdoing in the past will be accounted for. We are committed to working with the relevant government departments to ensure SAMRO operates at the utmost levels of efficiency and transparency.”

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Two City Tour – Part of Dublin’s Euphoria ‘Mile High’ World Tour

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Therapy Clubbing is proud to announce that they will be the official hosts of the international clubbing sensation EUPHORIA – as part of the Mile High World Tour taking place in 2018.

 

With two of the country’s top venues hosting the events, the EUPHORIA parties are scheduled to continue the legacy of this already world-famous party brand and bring top international DJ’s to our shores, including Dublin’s Matt Bogard and Dave Mladi as well as Therapy’s very own founding father, house legend, Stuart Hillary.

EUPHORIA DUBLIN is a Club night that was created in March 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.

A highly revered brand catering for the LGBTQ Community, each of the parties is a theme with a full production. The crew fly in on a regular basis and international DJ’s and greats as Tony Bruno, Ben Manson, Tommy  Love, Ana Paula, Danny Verde, Phil Romano, Fabio White, Pagano and Hector Fonseca have all played there.

 

The main aim of EUPHORIA is to put smiles on faces.  The Mile High World Tour will also visit London, Florence, Algarve, Lisbon and many others.  Therapy is incredibly excited to be part of this world-class party series this Autumn.

 

DJ SOUNDCLOUD LINKS

Matt Bogard https://soundcloud.com/search?q=matt%20bogard%20xtra

Dave Mladi  https://soundcloud.com/search?q=dave%20mladi%20-%20xtra%20party

 

A VIDEO link to one of the  parties that shows EUPHORIA in action:  https://vimeo.com/224906039

 

JHB

Featuring 2 Thumping Dancefloors, 2 International DJ’s, as well as the unstoppable Therapy residents in action.

Includes Hotbox Main Room inside the venue and a Therapy Lite Street Party

Where: Carfax Newtown, 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown

When: Saturday 28 April

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Tickets: Early bird R140, Standard online R190, Door price R200 before 10pm, thereafter R220

Right of admission reserved: No under 18s, No Attitudes

 

CAPE TOWN

Featuring 2 international DJ’s as well as the inimitable Therapy resident DJ crew

Where: Pink Panther Night Club, 120 Strand Street, C.T. 8000

When: Thursday 26 April (Friday is Freedom Day)

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Tickets: Early bird R75 , Standard online R85 , Door price R90 before 10pm, thereafter R110

Right of admission reserved: No under 18s, No Attitudes

 

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