ACCES Conference sessions (2021 programme)

Conference sessions

Friday 26 November

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10:40 to 11:00
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Sci-Bono

Veteran live events organiser and arts practitioner Rashid Lombard (former head at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and founder of Rashid Lombard Inc.)  gives an overview of the  work being done in South Africa as part of the road to recovery after COVID-19. This presentation touches on the current state of the sector, growth issues and how the country will likely shift towards a new safe norm for the live music industry.

With: 
Rashid Lombard
Founder - Rashid Lombard Inc. (South Africa)

Transformations of the African Live music industry

11:00 to 11:45
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Sci-Bono

As musicians are slowly getting back on stage, experts from across the continent unpack networks, platforms, cooperation strategies and best practices that will be helpful in bringing back live music. 

With: 
Aziza Ongala
Founder - Ongala Music Festival (Tanzania)
Moreira Chonguica
Musician, composer, and producer (Mozambique)
Afaf Abahoua
Project manager - Visa for Music (Morocco)
Dudu Sarr
Founder - Dakar Music Expo (Senegal)
Rashid Lombard
Founder - Rashid Lombard Inc. (South Africa)

Talent development, incubation and investment models for African creators

Presented by: 
Reeperbahn Festival
12:00 to 12:45
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Sci-Bono

Development, capacity building and finances are key for African music creators to perform in  and beyond Africa’s markets. Despite contrasted context and needs, how can cooperation be key in leveraging access  through connections, collaborations and networks?

With: 
Sevi Spanoudi
Founder & CEO - Black Major (South Africa)
Fosta
Artist, co-founder and operations manager - Bridges for Music (South Africa)
perFORM
Music Incubator (Kenya)

Pan-Africanism, collaborations and exchange with Busiswa

Presented by: 
The Orchard
12:00 to 12:45
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Sci-Bono

With massive artistic collaborations throughout the continent, multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and performer Busiswais championing new grounds for a shared pan-African vision. While opening up about the benefits of collaborations to build a strong ecosystem for African music creators, Busiswa will also share her views on the evolution of the music industry and strategies in uniting African artists and reaching global audiences.

With: 
Busiswa
Songwriter, singer and performer (South Africa)

SA hip hop, innovation & developments

14:00 to 14:45
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Sci-Bono

South African hip hop has dominated the local industry and some parts of Africa for many years now. It continues to be a major force with exciting new talents being discovered, new innovations, and other developments. There are also challenges and opportunities for hip hop artists and this sector of the industry in general.  Slikour, one of the pioneers of SA hip hop, sits down with figures in the genre to look at all these aspects, while also touching on key experiences, strategies for success, the potential future of SA hip hop and generally sharing important information about the genre.

With: 
Siya Metane (Slikour)
Founder - SlikourOnLife (South Africa)
Gigi Lamayne
Rapper, Singer, songwriter (South Africa)
Vaughn Thiel
Senior Record Label Executive & Artist Manager - Stay Low (South Africa)
Priddy Ugly
Rapper, musician and record label executive (South Africa)
Yugen Blakrok
(South Africa) - Presented by the Reeperbahn Festival

Saturday 27 November

The state of the South African music industry

10:30 to 11:15
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Sci-Bono

The state of affairs in any music industry can have a profound impact – both positive and negative – on musicians and other stakeholders. Some analysts have previously described the South African music industry as an enabling space for creators (in comparison with other African music industries). Is this really the case in 2021? What are the key shifts in the local industry? What are the opportunities that musicians and other stakeholders need to be aware of? These are some of the focus areas of this panel. 

Empowering African artists to get their music heard

Presented by: 
Reeperbahn Festival
11:20 to 12:05
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Sci-Bono

African and global platforms have been expanding to help artists get their music out and prosper both on the continent and abroad – from playlists to accelerating programmes and brand deals. How do  music distribution models and platforms (both local and global) contribute to drive inclusivity in the global music market? Distribution and promotion executives share best practices, opportunities and collaborations across markets to connect African talent with worldwide audiences.

With: 
Phil Chard
Managing Director - Point Black Africa (Zimbabwe)
Mpumi Philips
Director of distribution - The Orchard (South Africa)
Philip Edusei
Founder - Unorthodox Media (Ghana)

Monetising music digitally : solutions and strategies for African indie talent

12:10 to 12:55
Type: 
Conference sessions
Venue: 
Sci-Bono

Music streaming revenue increased by almost 40% last year and is projected to reach $242m in 2021. This session will look at how African artists can best monetise their music and earn more income from their works. What tools and services are available to African independent artists ? Which platforms are ideal for African music? What are the dos and don'ts? How do administrative services, creatives and entrepreneurs work together for music creators to thrive on the global digital scene? These are some of the questions that will be addressed by our panellists.

With: 
Sphe Mbhele
Founder and project manager - The Music Imbizo (South Africa)
Jotam Matariro
CEO - CAPASSO (South Africa)
Mandy Aubry
Director of Business Development – Songtrust (Netherlands)
Ruddy Kwakye
CEO - The Rave Group (Ghana)
Ralph Boege
CEO and founder - Paradise Entertainment & Distribution (Germany)