Craig McGahey


Craig McGahey is music publisher from Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in the placement of African music in TV, films and advertising and runs a popular music library called Mama Dance Music Library.

Music Organisations 2008-2020 -Director at CAPASSO (SA Mechanicals society) 2016-present -Director on Music Publishers Association SA (MPASA) 2012-present -Director and currently chairman of Production Music association SA (PMSA) This is a lobby / advocacy group with membership comprising the 11 largest production music libraries in Africa. 2012 – Present Full publishing member of SAMRO

Business 2004-present -Founded Mama Dance Music Library ( - Publishing over 12000 tracks/186 albums of African music created or sourced for use in TV, Film, Advertising and other media -Over 1000 clients in South Africa with over 120 000 track auditions per year. -Also available in every major territory worldwide through co publishing agreement with Sonoton. Library renamed for international market to AFRO MUSIQUE ( -Mama Dance also an African agent for 22 international premium production music libraries (over 140 000 tracks) 2004-present -Founded Mama Dance Music Solutions (Original composition, Music Supervision & Licencing) -please see show reel list below 1997-2018 - Started Mama Dance Recording Studios – still operating in Kloof Str, Cape Town 1997-2004 -Owner Mama Dance Records / Fat Mama Publishing -Label deal with Universal Records -Released Hola Cape Town (Kwaito compilation) and award winning artists such as Dantai, KB, Jerusha, Max Vidima, Andy Magazz, Blue African Skies, Goema Captains 1996-1997 - Music promotion, DJing Kwaito and other African music 1992-1995 – Music Compiler Bush Radio, Cape Town 1988-1994 – Composer, musician in various bands

Conferences 2014 -Music Exchange – Cape Town - guest speaker on How musicians can make money from media (Music Supervsion, licensing, synch opportunities) 2015 -Breathe Sunshine Music Conference – panellist on Music licensing topics 2016 -PMA Conference, LA, US – representing South African Production music association(PMSA) 2018 Panelist DISCORE / DISCOP Jhb

Press links Mandelas Long Walk to Freedom movie – Mama Dance

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ZACape Town, South Africa
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