ACCES Conference sessions (2019 programme)

Conference sessions

Thursday 28 November

Welcome address and Music In Africa Honorary Award ceremony

18:00
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Alliance Française

ACCES 2019 opening night features a welcome address by Music In Africa representatives and an award ceremony, where Ghanaian musicians Ebo Taylor and Bibie Brew will be honoured with the 2019 Music In Africa Honorary Award, followed by music showcases.

 

With: 
Maimouna Dembele
MIAF Chairperson (Senegal)
Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse
Former MIAF Chairperson (DRC)
Ebo Taylor
Multi award-winning musician and producer (Ghana)
Bibie Brew
Singer/Art Director/ Vocal Coach - New Morning Arts Café Theatre & Creative Centre (Ghana)

Music showcases

19:00
Type: 
Conference sessions
Performances
Venue: 
Alliance Française

ACCES showcases offer a great platform to discover amazing talent from across the continent, with an emphasis on emerging musicians. For the first time ACCES 2019 is set to include musicians from the Diaspora as part of our partnership with the Reeperbahn Festival – Germany’s largest music platform based in Hamburg.

With: 
Yaa Yaa
(Ghana)
Kyekyeku
(Ghana)
Songhoy Blues
(UK/Mali)
ARKA'N
(Togo)

Friday 29 November

Music production essentials

10:30 to 17:00
Type: 
Conference sessions
Workshops
Venue: 
Breakaway room (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

This 2-day workshop addresses both established and aspiring record producers, while featuring top record producers and engineers who are keen to share their top production skills on beat making, music arrangement, DAWs, plugins, mastering and useful production tools.

With: 
Kofi 'IamBeatMenace' Boachie-Ansah
Multi-disciplinary artist & record producer (Ghana)
Panji Anoff
Songwriter & Producer (Ghana)

Highlife Music - a journey through the genre

10:45 to 11:30
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Discover the ins and outs of Ghana highlife music through this unique presentation and listening session. The session will provide information about the roots and history of highlife and the global influences on the genre.

With: 
John Collins
Professor - University of Ghana (Ghana)
Kyekyeku
Musician (Ghana)

Algorithms and playlists: The hitmakers of the streaming era?

11:35 to 12:45
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Playlists, the lifeblood of most music streaming services, have fundamentally changed the listening experience, enabling users to discover new genres and artists based on AI and smart algorithms that personalise their experience. But the same algorithms are also capable of giving independent artists the exposure they need to forge sustainable careers. How do leading streaming services' discovery engines function and what can independents do to stand out?

With: 
Oye Akideinde
CEO - MusicTIme, Simfy Africa (Nigeria)
Elizabeth Ntiamoah
Country Manager - Boomplay (Ghana)
Michèle Beltan
Label manager World Music - Believe Distribution Services (France)
Michael Bamfo
Founder and C.E.O - Apprise music (Ghana)
Kelechi Ofoegbu
Founding partner and COO - Impact Hub Accra (Ghana)

Pitch sessions #1

13:15 to 13:45
Type: 
Exhibitions
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Exhibition stage (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

ACCES offers a new curated platform to international and local music innovators, to present their ground-breaking services, products and projects. 
Discover. Learn. Support. Collaborate. 

With: 

Boomplay (Ghana)
Boomplay is a music and video streaming and download service developed and owned by Transsnet MUsic Limited. The service was first launched in Nigeria in 2015 by TECNO Mobile. Boomplay currently has over 40 million users which makes it the biggest and fastest growing music app in Africa. 

Paradise Entertainment and Distribution (Germany) 
Paradise Entertainment and Distribution offer distribution deals while serving the complete music rights supply chain, delivering to stores worldwide and taking care of the neighbouring rights _combined with music recognition technology. 

Navigating the recording and distribution industries in a changing environment

Presented by: 
REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
13:45 to 14:55
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

While empowering musicians, the digital revolution has introduced numerous changes across the music industry value chain. While these changes vary in different markets, there are many similarities that continue to influence the way record labels and distribution platforms function,  and plan for the future. What are these changes and new trends? How do we adapt and benefit as musicians and as an industry?

With: 
Aibee Abidoye
Executive Vice-President - Chocolate City Group (Nigeria)
Rob Cowling
General manager - Gallo Music Group (South Africa)
Joe Chialo
Managing Director - Airforce1 Records (Germany)
Ralph Boege
CEO and founder - Paradise Entertainment & Distribution (Germany)
Sarah-Jane Nicholson
Director - SJN Agency (South Africa/Netherlands)

In conversation with Samini and Efya

15:00 to 15:45
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

For this session, living dancehall and reggae  legend Samini and multi award-winning singer and songwriter Efya will share their views on the evolution of the music business on the continent, while also talking about their strategies and projects.

With: 
Samini
Award-winning musician (Ghana)
Efya
Award-winning singer & songwriter (Ghana)
Antoine Mensah
Radio & TV personality (Ghana)

Alternative music platforms and circuits for African music

15:50 to 17:00
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Be it festivals, media outlets or creative hubs, Afrocentric spaces that provide a platform for independent creatives are on the rise, challenging stereotypes and showcasing talent and innovation. This panel, featuring creatives and representatives from such alternative platforms in Africa, will offer perspectives and details about how such spaces operate and foster opportunities for artists to connect, collaborate and create.

With: 
Wanlov The Kubolor
Musician (Ghana)
Derek Debru
Co-founder - Nyege Nyege Festival (Uganda)
Hicham Bahou
Co-Director - L'Boulevard festival (Morocco)
Benewaah Boateng
Founder - Harmattan Rain (Ghana)
Christine Kamau
Musician / Founder - Women In Music Forum (Kenya)

Music showcases

19:30
Type: 
Conference sessions
Performances
Venue: 
The Gold Coast Hub

ACCES showcases offer a great platform to discover amazing talent from across the continent, with an emphasis on emerging musicians. For the first time ACCES 2019 is set to include musicians from the Diaspora as part of our partnership with the Reeperbahn Festival – Germany’s largest music platform based in Hamburg.

With: 
Bholoja
(Eswatini)
Cina Soul
(Ghana)
Santrofi
(Ghana)
Gato Preto
(Germany/Ghana/Mozambique)
FOKN Bois
(Ghana)

Saturday 30 November

IP management - global realities

10:30 to 11:40
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Globalisation and the digital economy have radically redefined intellectual property (IP) management in the music industry. How can we protect IP today and what do creators need to be aware of as automation takes over the screening of digital works? This panel will touch on the various existing forms of IP protection, as well as new solutions and models that can protect African creators from copyright infringements at home and abroad.

With: 
Vladimir Philippov
Founder and CEO - Heaven 11 (Ireland)
Kalin Pashaliev
Editor-in-chief - Music In Africa Foundation (South Africa)
Xavier Collin
Founder and president - WTPL Music (France)
Diana Hopeson
Founder & CEO - GHMusic Publishing & Management (Ghana)
Bessa Simons
Acting President - Musicians Union of Ghana (Ghana)

Composing for film

10:30 to 13:30
Type: 
Conference sessions
Workshops
Venue: 
Breakaway room (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

ACCES partners with German institution Media Sound Hamburg on this session aimed at music producers who are looking to tap into the film industry – one of the most financially rewarding avenues available for composers today. This session will also cover the basics of sound design and music for the gaming industry.

With: 
Stephan Eicke
Composer (Germany)

Harnessing the power of an African refugee camp's musical treasures

11:45 to 12:30
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Long synonymous with the horrors of war and displacement, Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp, the oldest and fourth largest camp in the world, holds one of Africa's least known treasures: the numerous musicians from a dozen countries who live in the camp and routinely play together, creating unheard hybrids of traditions, instruments, sounds and styles. George Ndiritu and Mark Levine will discuss the potential to not only put Kakuma on the wold music map but to create the foundation for a distinct musical style.

With: 
Mark LeVine
Musician, arranger, producer, and professor (US)

Speed networking session: meet ACCES guests and delegates

12:30 to 13:30
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Networking space (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

The ACCES networking programme is designed to accelerate exchange between delegates, to explore synergies and to build new partnerships. Delegates will take turns to meet the dynamic group of networkers, which will include speakers and other players. Everyone is welcome to participate. 

(non-exhaustive list) 

With: 
Matchume Zango
Musician (Mozambique)
Elisabeth Stoudmann
Music journalist (Switzerland)
Germaine Gamiet
Music programme manager - Pro Helvetia Johannesburg (South Africa)
Rose Green
Founder - Intl Starz (US)
Eric Bellamy
CEO - Yuma Prod (France)
Faisal Kiwewa
Director - Bayimba Festival (Uganda)
Kimberly Tanikromo
Creative/A&R - Next Era (Netherlands)
Marit Posch
Artist & label manager - Monkeytown Records (Germany)
Antje Grothe
Founder and CEO - Night School (Germany)
Tabu Osusa
Producer - Ketebul Music (Kenya)
Wendy Verwey Bekker
Regional manager Africa - Ditto Music (South Africa)
Shiba Melissa Mazaza
(South Africa)
Elizabeth Ntiamoah
Country Manager - Boomplay (Ghana)
Dženan ČOLPA
Diapazona (Serbia/Switzerland)
Aibee Abidoye
Executive Vice-President - Chocolate City Group (Nigeria)

Pitch sessions #2

13:15 to 13:45
Type: 
Exhibitions
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Breakaway room (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

ACCES offers a new curated platform to international and local music innovators, to present their ground-breaking services, products and projects. 
Discover. Learn. Support. Collaborate. 

With: 

Aftown (Ghana) 
Aftown.com is a marketplace whre music fans can buy songs directly from African artists. Aftown exists to connect African artists to their fan base all over the world. All musicians can set up their stores and have the option of showcasing their yet to be released songs on the platform. 

Heaven 11 (Ireland) 
Heaven 11 is an online platform that provides the music industry with innovative products and services to streamline copyrights administration, licensing and royalty distribution, resulting in increased revenues for all parties. 

Music production essentials

13:30 to 17:00
Type: 
Conference sessions
Workshops
Venue: 
Breakaway room (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

This 2-day workshop addresses both established and aspiring record producers, while featuring top record producers and engineers who are keen to share their top production skills on beat making, music arrangement, DAWs, plugins, mastering and useful production tools.

With: 
Kofi 'IamBeatMenace' Boachie-Ansah
Multi-disciplinary artist & record producer (Ghana)
Obrafour
Musician (Ghana)

In conversation with Sarkodie

13:45 to 14:30
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

In this exclusive Q&A session, Lee Parsons, Founder and CEO of Ditto Music, will take Sarkodie to open up about his successful international endeavours as an African artist and entrepreneur, while addressing strategies around music business, projects and other industry practices on the continent and beyond.

With: 
Sarkodie
Award-winning musician and entrepreneur (Ghana)
Lee Parsons
Co-founder and CEO - Ditto Music (UK)

Fostering collaboration between African and European music markets

Presented by: 
REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
14:30 to 15:40
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

The constant rise of technology has blurred geographic barriers and created a global music marketplace. This is sometimes best exemplified by the many collaborations between African and European markets, companies, artists, labels and other players. During this panel, active players from Europe and Africa will discuss the importance of investing in ongoing partnerships and talk about the educational, collaborative and performance opportunities available today. 

With: 
Roberto Hacaturyan
Ethnomusicologist and musician - Artlink (Switzerland)
Stefanie Schumann
Artist manager - Delicious Tunes (Germany)
Andre Le Roux
Managing Director - SAMRO Foundation (South Africa)
Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin
Curator & Programmer - Asa Baako One Dance Music festival (Ghana)
Trond Tornes
CEO - Lighthouse (Norway)
Pamela Owusu-Brenyah
Founder - Afro x Pop (Germany)

In conversation with Banky W and Sway Dasafo

15:45 to 16:45
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Join this closing session featuring some of Africa and the diaspora's most successful music icons, Banky W and Sway Dasafo, as they share their journey as artists and entrepreneurs, on the continent and internationally.

With: 
Banky W
Artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist (Nigeria)
Sway Dasafo
Multi-award winning artist, producer and entrepreneur (UK)

Closing and thanks

16:05 to 16:25
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Auditorium (The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Vote of thanks and announcement of ACCES 2020 dates and location.

With: 
Eddie K Hatitye
Director - MIAF (South Africa)
Maimouna Dembele
MIAF Chairperson (Senegal)

Music showcases

20:00
Type: 
Conference sessions
Performances
Venue: 
Alliance Française

ACCES showcases offer a great platform to discover amazing talent from across the continent, with an emphasis on emerging musicians. For the first time ACCES 2019 is set to include musicians from the Diaspora as part of our partnership with the Reeperbahn Festival – Germany’s largest music platform based in Hamburg.

With: 
FRA!
(Ghana)
Mokoomba
(Zimbabwe)
Sibusile Xaba
(South Africa)
Lúcia de Carvalho
(France/Angola/Brazil)