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Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and the late Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph John Rabie); legendary musical icons who have left indelible marks across multiple music genres over the decades, will receive the MTN SAMA 19 Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Amstel which comes with a cash prize of R15 000 at the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) at the Sun City Superbowl.

 

“Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and Ralph John Rabie (posthumously) are irreplaceable pillars in South African music and their significant contributions to the arts can never be underestimated and they are truly deserving of this honour”, said MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi. These three very talented recipients showcased their music to the whole world and proved to be amongst the most successful musical exports that South Africa has ever produced.

 

“As Amstel we believe in taking time for the things that really matter, and for those artists who have taken their time and achieved the pinnacle of success in music there is only one award, the MTN SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award which brings this belief to life. All three worthy recipients have shown that when you love what you do, and you take your time to be the best you can be, greatness in inevitable,” Lizeanne Kronk, Brand Manager Amstel Lager.

 

Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph John Rabie) is a posthumous recipient of the award and was a prominent icon of the alternative Afrikaans music scene. He was a significant player in the vibrant cultural movement that sprung up during the 1980’s as popular resistance to apartheid gathered momentum. Johannes Kerkorrel was a true African in every sense of the word. He promoted the concept of a rainbow nation even before the term was coined. He wrote songs that made you realise that you had certain emotions that you never knew you had and encapsulated a true South Africaness.

 

Johannes Kerkorrel passed away at the age of 42, on 12 November 2002. The country that had alternately loved and loathed, repelled and inspired him, celebrated his life in a wave of tributes. Sizwe Zako is a household name throughout the Southern African region. His obsession is to continue making great music and, in the process, unearth a galaxy of musicians whose fortunes are changed for the better.

 

The array of superstars that have benefited from his well-crafted designs and innovations as a keyboard player, a composer, a producer, owner of a studio with the best technology and a record company, include the late Vuyo Mokoena, Ebony, Pastor Khaya Mayedwa, Rebecca Malope and Peter Mokoena. These are not the only artists that have confirmed Zako as a genius. Of course, there are many others.

 

If anybody can be accredited with harnessing the genre of gospel music in Mzansi – which has exploded like showers of blessings – it is Sizwe Zako. For what seems like a lifetime Dr. Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters have been in the forefront of Shangaan/Tsonga music. In a career spanning over 32 years, Thomas Chauke has released over 30 albums under his flagship: Shimatsatsa meaning ‘a beautiful woman’ which has earned him cumulative sales in excess of two million and more South African Music Awards in the Tsonga Traditional category than any other musician.

 

Born in Salema Village, Limpopo; Thomas Chauke releases a new album annually which every time goes on to reach Gold, Platinum or Double Platinum status. When it comes to Tsonga Traditional music, there is no-one who can match Thomas Chauke’s gift and achievements. Thomas has added his unique voice to a music genre that is beloved in his home region of Limpopo Province.

 

Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and Ralph John Rabie will be honoured during the MTN SAMA 19 ceremony on Friday 10 May 2013 at Sun City’s Royal Ballroom which will be broadcast by SABC 1 at a later stage.

Tickets for the main awards show on Saturday 11 May 2013 are available at Computicket. Please visit the official website for further details – http://samusicawards.co.za

Catch the Live Streaming experience on your mobile phone (www.mtnsamatv.mobi)

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South African International Music Mobility Fund

Call For Proposals

The South African International Music Mobility Fund (SAIMMF) is a joint one-year funding programme established by the SAMRO Foundation and the British Council. The SAIMMF offers opportunities for professional musicians and music industry professionals in South Africa to build links with artists, organisations and/or music professionals in neighbouring SADC countries and the UK. The programme is designed to support musicians and music professionals with an established practice in South Africa, but who have carried out little or no work internationally. 

 

The fund is designed to help musicians and music industry professionals build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences in South Africa’s neighbouring countries and UK for their work.

 

The programme is open to individuals and organizations: 

who have received recognition for their work in South Africa

who do not have extensive international experience

whose work will benefit from launching better international networks –either musically/creatively or in terms of developing an audience for their work

who can demonstrate an interest in their work from an overseas partner or host.    

 

How much money can you ask for?

You may request up to ZAR 40,000. This amount must not exceed 80% of the total costs of the project. In exceptional cases, the grant may cover the entire eligible costs of the project if this is deemed essential to carry it out. If that is the case, the applicant must justify the request for full financing in the grant application form.

 

Who may request the grants?

Grants for individuals are available to: musicians, managers, promoters, producers, agents, groups (one member will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant). All people participating in the project must be over 18 years old.      

                                                                                          

Grants for organisations are available to: music organisations and businesses (both for profit and non-profit), record labels, agencies, forums, associations, partnerships, local, regional and national organisations, groups of organisations (one will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant).

 

For more information and how to apply please visit:

http://www.samrofoundation.org.za or alternatively http://www.britishcouncil.org.za/south-african-international-music-mobility-fund

 

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[Issued by: EspAfrika]

 

The artist schedule for this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) taking place in Cape Town in the first week of April has changed.

 

espAfrika, organiser of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), announced this morning that due to Festival scheduling challenges, Jill Scott will now perform on  Saturday evening, 6th April 2013, and not on Friday 5th April 2013 as previously announced.

 

Buena Vista Social Club will perform on Friday 5th April as well as Saturday 6th April 2013. Festival director and CEO of espAfrika Rashid Lombard said “While we remain extremely excited about the 40 top artists from across the world that will perform at this year’s festival, we apologise for any inconvenience that this change may cause to our valued jazz fans”

 

For more information on this year’s event visit www.capetownjazzfest.com

 

For more information, photographs and interviews:

Njabulo Mngomezulu
Meropa Communications
+27 11 506-7322
njabulom@meropa.co.za

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Getting to know Dj Black Coffee

Posted by radio On March - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]

 

Nkosinathi Maphumulo, known to the public as Black Coffee is South Africa’s sweetheart as well as a recognised music producer in the international house music scene. This is due to the creativity he brings to his production and at the heart of his success story and music hits, is a deep love of music and collaboration. He has been a game changer from the beginning and he raised the bar with the live recording of Africa Rising, a DVD of interpretations of his music with a 24 piece orchestra last year.

 

Just before this, he set a new record of a 60 hour DJ-ing set, aimed at raising funds for his foundation, which supports disabled people in the country. It was around the same time that he unveiled the curiosity around why he always DJs with one hand.

 

When he was just a teenager he was involved in a car accident that left his left arm disabled. This was during the celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s release when a speeding vehicle ran over the crowd and injured him. Black Coffee hails from Durban with some of his roots in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and he reveals he was always been drawn to music as a child.

 

“I loved singing and dancing. When I got to Standard 5, I joined a music class until matric and never looked back,” he says. By that time he knew music was his calling, but the vision of dream became clear when he started dj-ing in high school and realised the kind of skills he had.

 

He developed his skills when he studied music at the then  Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology) and this is where he started a band called Shana with friends, Mnqobi ‘ Shota’ Mdabe and Demor Sikhosana, who are also active in the dance music scene in the country. Shana stands for Simply Hot And Naturally African and it is a vocally driven group with an emphasis on African rhythms and harmonies. The group has gone on to produce four albums. Black Coffee’s role in the group was not only limited to production, he also sings in the group.

 

This a talent that he kept obscure until the Africa Rising DVD, where he opened the show with a vocal solo, doing a Victor Ntoni classic, Wa Thula Nje. A remix of this is found in his second album, Have Another One. He says that was a deliberate move. “I wanted people to see that part of me and I was also paying tribute to the song and the legend behind it, who was also the highlight of that DVD recording,” says Black Coffee.

 

Back to his journey, he got signed to a record company in England called Melt 2000, while he was still studying music, which was a great achievement for him. In 2001 he was offered an opportunity to freelance for various clubs and promoters until securing residency at Voodoo Lounge night club in Pretoria. This is where he got mentored by the legends and pioneers of house music in South Africa, such Christos, Vinny da Vinci and Oskido. This was the most happening time for house music and clubbing and Pretoria was at the heart of it.

 

In 2003 he was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy which gave him recognition in the South African and international  DJ scene. He has participated at the Sonar music festival, one of the largest music festivals in the world, and played with heavy weights such as Osunlade, Charles Webster and Frank Roger.   

 

He went solo with his self entitled debut album, which won him a SAMA award in the Best Dance category in 2006. Black Coffee’s signature became collaborating with and remixing other artists music. This included the likes of Hugh Masekela, with a remix of Stimela, which helped put the DJ out there. There were also collaborations and remixes of Mafikizolo, Thandiswa Mazwai, and Busi Mhlongo.

 

This signature can be seen as a way to encourage collaborations, especially between the young and the old musicians. But there were purist who saw this as music being tainted. Black Coffee’s reply to this is that, “Within House music there are so many sub genres, people must find good house music and pay attention.”

 

With South Africa now sitting as one of the biggest markets for house music, with the likes of German Producer and DJ, Ralf Gum, having moved to Cape Town, it seems there is truth to what Black Coffee saying. He released his second album, Have Another One in 2007 and his third, Home Brewed in 2010, which is probably one of his most defining albums to date. On it he features Ringo, Hugh Masekela, Zakes Bantwini and new talent Zano, Thiwe and Tumelo Ruele.

 

Talking about his work ethic, he says, “I love collaborating and partnering with people who can offer what I can’t. So when I started out I licensed my releases to different labels around the world and also according to the sound each label represented. My strategy is having a vision, focus and hard work.”

 

His biggest achievement remains the Africa Rising DVD whose highlight is having the late Victor Ntoni as part of the show. “I’m glad our path crossed and we learnt a lot from him. The whole show is the highlight of my life. The DVD represents the new Africa and getting our own dreams,” says Black Coffee.

 

His musical taste is anything that is soulful which includes influences ranging from Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, John Coltrane, to Ceelo Green, Anthony David, Dwele and many more.

 

He ends this interview with a gripe, and perhaps food for thought on the issue of musicians and their royalties in the country.

I wish the societies involved could get more innovative ways to make sue artists get the money due to them without any hassles, whether the money is from the broadcasters or live venues,” he says.    

 

 

  

 

   

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Joyous Celebration on Mzansi Magic Music

Posted by radio On March - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

By DStv Online

 

South Africa’s most successful gospel ensemble, Joyous Celebration, is set to bring its award-winning gospel music to Mzansi Magic Music in a breathtaking special titled Joyous Celebration Rewind Vol. 1 on Sunday, 24 March at 19:00.

 

The Joyous Celebration Rewind Vol. 1 special takes the ensemble back to its roots, close to 20 years after the group first formed, as a way to showcase South Africa’s diverse and ever-growing gospel talent. The group, which recorded its 17th album in December 2012, takes viewers down memory lane, making for a nostalgic and spiritual journey for all fans of this remarkable South African success story.

 

Recorded before a live audience at the spectacular Teatro at Monte Casino in November 2011, the Joyous Celebration choir was joined by a revolving door of top-notch gospel artists and musical talent on the night. Among these were Khaya Mthethwa (the 2012 SA Idols winner), Asanda Bam and Innocent Modima. A highlight is undoubtedly the performance by Thabo Mdluli and his wife Nonhlanhla Mdluli of a number of Joyous Celebration classics – including Beula Land, Centre of My Joy, Izethembiso, Siliwelile and Phindukhulume.

 

Joyous Celebration founding member and co-director of the choir, Mthunzi Namba, provides another high point, through a medley of favourites – among them Lord I Can Feel, Glory, The Blood of Jesus, UJesu Wam and Kanye Nawe. Adding to the fire of the live performance is a performance by co-founder, Jabu Hlongwane who gets the audience in a spiritual frenzy with his medley of American spirituals – This Little Light, Never Give Up, and Up Above My Head along with all-time favourite, Vuso Wakho.

 

Don’t miss this exceptional South African gospel music experience when Joyous Celebration Rewind Vol. 1 hits Mzansi Magic Music screens on Sunday, 24 March at 19:00.

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The hotly anticipated Nominations Announcement for the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) was made at an expectant and media filled press conference at The Turbine Hall in Newtown yesterday, Wednesday, 20 March.

 

Newcomers dominated the announcement with new sensation Toya Delazy’s stunning album Due Drop Deluxe receiving 6 nominations; Newcomer of the Year, Best Pop Album, Record of the Year, Best Producer with Jax Panik and twice for Remix of the Year, one each with Pascal & Pearce and ClassyMenace. Hot on her heels is another newcomer, ChianoSky with 5 nominations from her debut album, Hungry, including Record of the Year and Best Producer with Crighton Goodwill.

 

The chasing pack contains The Muffinz, DJ Vetkoek vs. Mahoota alongside BlackByrd with 4 nominations each. In the “Album of the Year” category industry heavyweights Kelly Khumalo, Khuli Chana, Maleh, Ntokozo Mbambo and The Muffinz go head to head in what is sure to be one of the highlights of the night. The “Duo or Group of the Year” category will be a fiercely contested affair as DJ Vetkoek vs. Mahoota, BlackByrd, Desmond & The Tutus, The Muffinz and Freshlyground vie for the much-coveted statuette.

 

“Female Artist of the Year” sees a strong field of nominees, namely ChianoSky, Kelly Khumalo, Lulu Dikana, Maleh and Ntokozo Mbambo. “Male Artist of the Year” will be another epic battle on the night as the likes of Arno Carstens, Elvis Blue, Khuli Chana, Proverb and Reason vie for top honours.

 

The hotly contested “Newcomer of the Year” category is one to watch out for as Toya Delazy, The Muffinz, Tailor, Bongeziwe Mabandla and Khaya go head to head in the battle of the new breed of music icons.

 

Speaking after the launch about the 10th year celebration as headline sponsors of the 19th Annual MTN SAMA, Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA said: “MTN SAMAs are the epitome of the South African Music Industry calendar. Ten years later, through this sponsorship, we remain committed to supporting the development and growth of our music industry, which continues to flourish both locally and on the international arena thanks to the hard work done by  the musicians, bands, producers, managers and technicians. Congratulations to all nominees and we look forward to seeing you at the main event.”

 

The nominee announcements, which were streamed live on Facebook and mobile, were made by a star studded MTN SAMA 19 panel which consisted of previous SAMA Award winning artists Vusi Mahlasela, Ray Phiri, AKA, Mafikizolo, DJ Sbu and Zonke. MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi, Chief Marketing Officer MTN SA Serame Taukobong and Acting General Manager of SABC 1 Sam Mpherwane joined them.

 

“We have some of the most exciting categories in years and this tells me that the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards at the Sun City Superbowl are sure to leave an indelible mark on the face of South African music and we cannot wait for 10 – 11 May 2013”, said MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.

 

The full list of nominees can be found here.

ENDS 

Issued by: 

CRUSH PR

 

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SAMRO’s new music awards initiative is taking the world by storm, celebrating South African music that truly goes beyond borders to make waves on the international stage. To add to the excitement SAMRO has now released the official categories

Taking place on 28 June 2013, these awards celebrate local music that has enjoyed success and recognition in countries outside of our borders. The organisers have now announced the final list of categories in which SAMRO members may submit their entries, and there are a number of interesting surprises on the list. 

 

Wawela is a Zulu word meaning “Go Beyond” and by all accounts the SAMRO has taken the word to heart to create something new for the South African music industry. The categories reflect the uniqueness of the event, with many of the awards looking beyond just commercial success in rewarding musicians for their international achievements. A host of categories offer musicians the opportunity to receive recognition for their music which has been showcased in many different ways internationally. 

 

The categories have been divided into three broad groups namely; Standard Awards, Special Awards, and Statistical Awards. Standard Awards are those categories in which SAMRO members may submit their works for consideration. Special Awards are those categories that are determined solely by the nomination of the judging panel. The Statistical Award category is judged using SAMRO’s statistical data regarding each work’s performance therefore no submission is necessary in this category. 

 

 Perhaps most encouraging is the fact that many of the awards are not judged merely on commercial success, with many categories taking into account the artistic merit of each musical work and how each work complements the medium in which it is featured. For example, in the category, Best Sound Track in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary, judges will be scrutinizing how well the music enhances the visual content and the emotional impact achieved by the music in relation to the visuals. While the Best song or composition in a television commercial category will be judged on the music’s ability to enhance the visual content and complement the tone and feel of the commercial. 

 

This means there are many opportunities for music to shine, regardless of the level of exposure it received abroad. Here are all the categories of the inaugural Wawela Music Awards, brought to you by SAMRO. 

 

Standard Awards 

Best sound track in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary

Best song or composition in a television production

Best song or composition in a television commercial

Best song or composition in a radio commercial

Best creative album of the year

International hit song of the Year (outside SA)

Songwriter of the Year

Best South African Duo/Group

Best Female Artist & composer/co-composer

Best Male Artist & composer/co-composer 

 

Special Awards 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Breaking through the Borders / Frontier Award

Publisher of the Year

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award

 

Statistical Awards 

SAMRO Award for Broadcast and Live Performances

WAWELA Award for Best Selling song via Digital & Online 

 

There is no fee to enter, but only SAMRO members may participate in the inaugural Wawela Music Awards. Members can find out more by visiting www.wawelamusicawards.co.za. There is an online submission feature that allows members to enter categories, upload their music and enter quickly and easily using their SAMRO account numbers. Entries close on 02 April 2013. 

For more information please call 011 712 – 8505 or email:info@wawela.co.za 

For media related Queries please call 011 788 7632/31 or email: vanessa@jtcomms.co.za

 

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The eagerly awaited MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) Nominations Announcement will be held on Wednesday, 20 March at The Turbine Hall in Newtown with the main awards themselves taking place at Sun City on the 10th and 11th May.  And this year promises to be the most digitally connected awards ever.

 

The music industry will be holding its collective breath on Wednesday 20 March when it will be revealed who the nominees are that have made it through to the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19).   

The announcement will be streamed live and in real time on mobile (www.mtnsamatv.mobi) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/samusicawards).  And then when celebrations begin that night at the official nominee party, fans will be able to watch interviews with their favourite artists LIVE on the Y’ello Carpet on their mobile phones and online.  

 

Furthermore, clips will be packaged and uploaded as Video on Demand content post the events on the 20th March, so if you do not catch the LIVE streams you can still watch all the action on the mobisite (www.mtnsamatv.mobi) and on the official MTN SAMA You Tube Channel (www.youtube.com/samusicawards).

“After a fantastic year in South African music, the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards are sure to leave millions of people on the edge of their seats, starting with the nominations event on March 20. There will be shock, awe and surprises and we cannot wait for the weekend of 10 – 11 May 2012 at the Sun City Superbowl”, added MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.

 

The MTN South African Music Awards exist to recognize accomplishments in the South African recording industry and will be broadcast live to millions of viewers on the country’s favourite channel, SABC 1 on Saturday, 11 May.

 

Tickets for this prestigious event are available from Computicket. Please visit the official website for further details – http://samusicawards.co.za

The full list of categories for the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards are:

TOP 5 CATEGORIES

  • Album of the Year
  • Duo or Group of the Year
  • Female Artist of the Year
  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Newcomer of the Year

ALBUM GENRE SUPER CATEGORIES

  • Best Rock Album
  • Best Pop Album
  • Best Adult Contemporary Album
  • Best Kontemporêre Musiekalbum
  • Best African Adult Album
  • Best Alternative Album
  • Best Kiddies Album
  • Best R&B / Soul / Reggae Album
  • Best Rap Album
  • Best Kwaito Album
  • Best Dance Album
  • Best Traditional Faith Music Album
  • Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
  • Best Traditional Album
  • Best Maskandi Album
  • Best Jazz Album
  • Best Classic & Instrumental Album

OTHER

  • Best Live DVD

SPECIAL AWARDS

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • International Achievement Awards
  • Best Selling Album
  • Best Selling DVD
  • Best Collaboration

MTN BEST SELLING MOBILE MUSIC DOWNLOAD

  • Best Selling True-Tone
  • Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone
  • Best Selling Full-Track Download

TECHNICAL CATEGORIES

  • Best Music Video of the Year
  • Best Producer
  • Best Engineer
  • Remix of the Year

PUBLIC VOTE CATEGORY

  • Record of the Year

SAMPRA AWARD

Highest Airplay of the Year

 

[Source: SAMA Awards]

 

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When praises go up, blessings do come down indeed; this becomes evident as the mighty MTN Joyous Celebration return for their 17th season with a fittingly titled tour: The GRATEFUL Tour.

This award-winning gospel ensemble will ascend the stage at the Big Top Arena in Carnival City to launch their national tour. The MTN Joyous celebration 17 tour kicks off on Friday 29 March, Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March 2013. These performances will coincide with the launch and release of the Joyous 17 CD and DVD also titled “Grateful,” recorded live in Johannesburg.

 

“For the past 17 years, there has been a presiding force that has kept this ensemble alive and strong. God’s mercy, blessings and favour have seen us through the storms and we’d be remiss to carry on, unwittingly, without acknowledging His love for us. This album and tour is our special tribute to Him. We simply give thanks to Him,” says Lindelani Mkhize, co-founder.

MTN Joyous Celebration has plenty of reasons to be GRATEFUL for. In July 2012 the ensemble walked away with three awards at the African Gospel Music Awards held in London, this after they scooped up a number of trophies in their genre at the South African Music Awards in March 2012. Apart from winning prestigious awards, this gospel outfit also enjoys a very strong and loyal fan base throughout South Africa, the Continent and the Diaspora.

 

“Our fans are everything to us. Without them, there is no Joyous Celebration. So in essence, Joyous 17 is also our token of appreciation for the support they have shown us over the years and the journey they’ve taken with us since the very first album,” says Jabu Hlongwane, co-founder. Having sold-out all concert tickets and filled up venues during the Joyous 16 national tour, MTN Joyous Celebration reached platinum status from the sales of their 16th album, an achievement for which Sony BMG presented them with an award.

 

Another nod the ensemble received from Sony Music was for a record-breaking sale of 2.8 million copies since Joyous 1 right through to Joyous 16, a first and new record for a gospel concept in South Africa. “Our success is due to a number of reasons; amongst those are the artists who’ve been with us, the great musicians and singers and the fans who have contributed significantly to the success of the Joyous Celebration concept. To you, we are eternally GRATEFUL,” he adds.

 

Tickets for the concert are priced between R150 and R300 each and can be booked via Computicket or any Shoprite/Checkers outlet. All shows start at 19h30 for all three nights.

 

[Source: Joyous Celebration]

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Breathe Sunshine Music Conference

Posted by radio On March - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The African music industry is one of the fastest growing in the world, yet the continent still lacks the skills and established network of international counterparts. To address these challenges and put Cape Town on the map as a global music hub for African music, the inaugural Breathe Sunshine African Music conference will run from 1-2 April 2013 in Cape Town.

 

At City Hall in the centre of Cape Town, the conference takes place during the same week as the internationally renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival  and is therefore the perfect opportunity to engage and experience a week of the African entertainment industry through these two world-class events.

 

Says conference founder Trenton Birch of Black Mango, “We have deliberately kept the cost of the conference low as we want to attract a diverse audience from the local community as well as national visitors and many from other African countries, plus European and American delegates who are working with African music in their respective territories.”

 

“Our aim is to make the conference inclusive by engaging representatives from all genres of music and cultural backgrounds. We have been working with an incredible pan-African steering committee who have been advising and contributing to the content and direction of the conference.”

 

The diverse steering committee includes representatives from Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Senegal as well as local names such as Roach Roth of African Dope, Mthokozisi Khathi aka DJ Tira of Afrotainment and Suga from Heart FM. Involved in the conference from an international perspective are Oliver Barnett of Putamayo Music (UK), Colin Gayle of Billboard Africa (US) and Volker May of International Music Managers Forum Europe (Germany), as well as South African artists Jack Parow, Francois van Coke, Black Coffee, Euphonik, music journalist Evan Milton and Duncan Ringrose of sShadoworks and Assembly and Brian Little of Seed Experiences to name a few.

 

The Breathe Sunshine African Music conference aims to promote the sharing of information between all involved in the African music community through workshops, panel discussions, presentations and networking. The conference will work on multiple levels ensuring each attendee can maximize their experience with artist empowerment workshops for people new to the industry and an executive networking lounge for music business people to have high level conversations. There will also be an exhibition space and a concert showcasing African talent.

 

The vision is to build a successful and reputable African music industry conference through facilitating knowledge sharing and fostering a spirit of collaboration by empowering both artists and industry across borders.

 

[Issued by: Redflag]

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