Worth doing today – A Poem

Siphokazi Jonas is an amazing poet and writer
Please get involved in this event and submit a poem

I did contribute a piece and found it most worth while

Reflections in pictures of the 1st ever Midem African Forum held in Cape Town

The Midem African Forum was at Bridges for Music on Friday 28 Febuary 2020

A superb turnout of artists and record co executives – the networking was amazing and to see new contacts made was exciting.

Music exchange put together the invite List and spread the news re the 1st ever Midem african forum to be held in Cape Town

– Midem also announced a special price point to attend midem in 2020 and these are just 10 pictures to reflect on the day

#midem #midemafricanforum

Midem African Forum is in Cape Town today 28 Feb

The full program is up for the Midem African Forum today to be held at Bridges for Music in Langa

A number of speakers have spoken at Music Exchange www.musicexchange.org.za now in its 10th year
Yoel Kenan is really good (pictured below ) -try meet him if you coming through today


The Midem African Forum, now in its third edition, is coming to Cape Town on 28 February for a full day of keynote talks, masterclasses and workshops, delivered by an array of international speakers.
Midem’s mission is to help build the music business of tomorrow by boosting the industry’s know-how and pushing its boundaries, leveraging creativity and talent on a global scale. Our aim is to create a strong collaborative hub to address the industry’s major issues and celebrate its breakthroughs.
Leading the speakers is Alexandre Deniot (Director of MIDEM). Deniot joined Reed MIDEM in 2017 as Director of MIDEM, the international trade event for the music industry. Under his guidance, MIDEM has cemented its position as the benchmark event for the development of the music sector in the face of complex challenges from changes in technology and business models. Prior to Reed MIDEM, Alexandre held various posts at the Universal Music Group, notably as Director of Business Development for UMG’s division based in Paris. He holds a master’s degree in Commercial Management from IAE France, Ecoles Universitaires de Management.

Other notable speakers include:
Zach Fuller – Senior Analyst MIDiA Research (United Kingdom)
Yoel Kenan – CEO, Africori (South Africa)
THEMBA – DJ & radio host (South Africa)
Karabo Senna – SAMRO (South Africa)
Thabiso Khadi – THE T-EFFECT (South Africa)
Raphel Benza – Founder, VTH Season (South Africa)
Martha Huro – Managing Director, East Africa & General Manager Kenya, Transsnet Music – Boomplay (Kenya)
Oluwatosin Sorinola – Head of Marketing, Africa, Transsnet Music – Boomplay (South Africa)
David Alexander – Sheer Music Publishing (South Africa)
Topics to be covered include:
· The state of the global music industry by Zach Fuller
· The state of the South African music industry: challenges and opportunities
· Boomplay case study: Leveraging streaming to reach global audiences
· International development and the publisher-songwriter collaboration
· Artist conversations
· Speed meeting: Meet the international delegation
End of day:
Cocktail event – Networking and showcases

The day starts at 10am and runs till 9pm.

Attendance is FREE, but by invite-only. One need only register, so please email: info and Midem will send through a personal invitation to you.

When & Where:Bridges for Music Academy
Address: Washington St, Langa, Cape Town, 7456
Date: Friday 28 February, 2020
Time: 10am to 9pm
For more information, please contact:
Martin Myers – 083 448 4475
Notes to the editor:
Midem aims to support the development and internationalisation of African music markets. Despite their incredible influence on lots of music styles all over the world, African countries only represent two percent of the world music market. However, thanks to Africa’s young population and rapid adoption of mobile media, the digital revolution is offering a new opportunity to export more local artists. African markets, with their diversity and rich cultural heritage, have huge potential.
With its long-term programme for Africa, Midem hopes to accelerate this transition by creating bridges between the continent and the rest of the world. This initiative aims to foster bilateral exchanges between national and international music executives and sectors in order to facilitate the structuring and professionalisation of the African market.
The African Music Forum consists of a series of conferences, workshops and showcases attended by more than 400 industry professionals including labels, streaming platforms, publishers, artists, politicians, media, and official institutions. The objective is to support the structuring and internationalisation of the African music industry, encouraging business development and new talent discovery.

Delighted to share the news …3rd most read contributor for Biz Arts in 2019 for 3rd year in a row

Delighted to share the news 3rd most read contributor for Biz Arts for 3rd year in a row .Please keep putting me in touch with artists to talk to as we go into the new decade


Deezer’s Most Streamed Music of 2019 Revealed

  • Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist for 2019 in South Africa and across the globe.
  • Joyous Celebration tops the list as the #1 most streamed local artist.
  • Mlindo The Vocalist’s ‘Emakhaya’ is the most streamed album overall by South African users.
  • Black Coffee’s ‘Drive’ remains a firm favourite, coming in as the most streamed local track for the year.

Johannesburg, December 3rd 2019; As the decade wraps up, Deezer, the global music streaming service, reveals the songs, artists and albums that South Africans listened to the most in 2019. Streaming stats show that Mzansi listeners love music from local artists such as Joyous Celebration, Nasty C, Prince Kaybee and Mlindo The Vocalist.

‘Emakhaya’ the debut album from singer-songwriter Mlindo The Vocalist has made its mark by claiming the top spot for the most streamed album overall by South African Deezer users in 2019.

Overall, Halsey’s hit ‘Without Me’ was South Africa’s most streamed track of the year, while Ed Sheeran was the most streamed artist in the country and the world!

Across the globeAriana Grande and Billie Eilish were top female favourites. Ariana had the biggest plays of all female artists, but fans have made Billie’s stunning ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’ the most played international album.

The smash-hit of 2019 belongs to Lil Nas X for his country mashup ‘Old Town Road’ claiming the top spot as the most played song on Deezer worldwide.

*Here are the ‘top five’ ‘most streamed’ in the South African music categories:

Top Five Most Streamed South African Songs 2019:

  1. Drive
Black Coffee, David Guetta
  1. Into Ingawe
Sun-El Musician, Ami Faku
  1. Fetch Your Life
Prince Kaybee, Msaki
  1. SMA
Nasty C, Rowlene
  1. Whipped
Tellaman, Nasty C, Shekhinah

Top Five Most Streamed South African Artists 2019:

  1. Joyous Celebration
  1. Nasty C
  1. Kabza De Small
  1. Prince Kaybee
  1. Sjava

Top Five Most Streamed South African Albums 2019:

  1. Emakhaya
Mlindo The Vocalist
  1. Umqhele
  1. Scorpion Kings
DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small
  1. Koma
  1. Joyous Celebration 23
Joyous Celebration

*Here are the ‘top five’ in the ‘Overall’ most streamed categories for South Africa 2019:

The Top Five Most Streamed Songs Overall 2019:

  1. Without Me
  1. Sweet but Psycho
Ava Max
  1. I Don’t Care
Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
  1. Old Town Road
Lil Nas X
  1. Happier
Bastille, Marshmello

The Top Five Most Streamed Artists Overall 2019:

  1. Ed Sheeran
  1. Khalid
  1. Drake
  1. Post Malone
  1. Billie Eilish

The Top Five Most Streamed Albums Overall 2019:

  1. Emakhaya
Mlindo The Vocalist
Bille Eilish
  1. Umqhele
  1. ÷
Ed Sheeran
  1. beerbongs & bentleys
Post Malone

Introducing #MyDeezerYear

For the first time, you can show off your own most played artists, tracks and podcasts with #MyDeezerYear. The shareable cards get funky by showing your biggest ‘Guilty Pleasure’, personal BPM and lyrical inspirations. It’s live on the web now, so just head to https://www.deezer.com/mydeezeryear and check out your stats. Not only that, but we’ve made your very own personal soundtrack for this year. ‘Your 2019’ gives you the 50 tracks that you’ve been loving – all in a handy mix on Deezer.

“Local music has completely smashed it this year! It’s been a big one for Spanish-speaking music and the world is loving English and Spanish mashup tracks. I’m sure that in 2020 other genres like J-Pop and Afrobeat will continue to define pop music tastes around the world. I’ve personally been hooked on podcasts since Serial came about. So, it’s been great to see how they’re taking over of the world, especially in comedy and crime,” said Nigel Harding, our VP of Artist Marketing at Deezer.

Don’t forget to check out your #MyDeezerYear here and show off your own 2019 soundtrack!

Below are the ‘most streamed’ internationally on Deezer in 2019, by category:

Most streamed artists 2019 by category

International Ed Sheeran
Female Ariana Grande
Pop Ed Sheeran
Rap Xxxtentacion
R&B Drake
EDM David Guetta
Latin Anitta
Reggaeton J Balvin

Most streamed international albums

Billie Eilish
  1. thank u, next
Ariana Grande
  1. Origins
Imagine Dragons
  1. ?
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  1. ÷
Ed Sheeran
  1. beerbongs & bentleys
Post Malone
  1. Scorpion
  1. 7
David Guetta
  1. x
Ed Sheeran

Most streamed international artists

  1. Ed Sheeran
  1. Ariana Grande
  1. Queen
  1. David Guetta
  1. Billie Eilish
  1. Imagine Dragons
  1. Lady Gaga
  1. Calvin Harris
  1. Post Malone
  1. Xxxtentacion

Most streamed international tracks

  1. Old Town Road
Lil Nas X
  1. Shallow
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
  1. Con Calma
Daddy Yankee
  1. 7 rings
Ariana Grande
  1. Señorita
Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
  1. Taki Taki
DJ Snake
  1. Happier
Bastille, Marshmello
  1. I Don’t Care
Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
  1. bad guy
Billie Eilish
  1. Giant
Calvin Harris, Rag’n’Bone Man
  1. Say My Name
J Balvin, David Guetta, Bebe Rexha
  1. Sweet but Psycho
Ava Max
  1. Shape of You
Ed Sheeran
  1. Loco Contigo
J Balvin, Tyga, DJ Snake
  1. Someone You Loved
Lewis Capaldi
  1. MIA
Bad Bunny, Drake
  1. High Hopes
Panic! At the Disco
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  1. Without Me
  1. thank u, next
Ariana Grande

Winston Siljeur to play at Radisson RED V&A Waterfront, Cape Town this weekend

Winston Siljeur is an impressive multi instrumentalist who hails from Robertson.

He has worked with Cara Frew, Ernie Smith Anton Goosen, Lloyd Cele, Heinz Winkler, Currently he is the Music Department Coordinator at Pneumatix Performing Arts Academy, Somerset West.
This weekend his 4 piece ensemble close off the Jazz on Red series on Friday 29th at the Radisson Red Hotel at the V &A Waterfront .Book at Quicket

When are you happiest?

When I’m on the keys, whether its at home, a rehearsal room, studio or onstage

What does music mean to you?

Everything!!! Music is who I am

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work ?

Being able to inspire people, seeing people enjoy your music

Are you Famous ?

What drives you…. Ego or Humility?

Humility for sure, I always like to describe as humble, down to earth and simply just hardworking and everyone around knows me like that…

Any funny moments on stage?

Falling of my chair whilst playing because I don’t sit still as I enjoy the music so much.

Your heroes?

Joe Sample, Bob James, Chick Corea, Jeff Lorber, Cory Henry

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Kirk Whallum, playing jazz, playing his music, making a life

What is your most treasured possession?

My stage piano

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Glass of Red wine

Dream gig to do?

Perfroming my own music on big stages around the world.



If you were not a musician what would you do?

There is nothing besides music

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Humble, Hardworking, Goal – orientated, Driven, Relational

5 Favourite albums of all time ?

Love Stories – Frank McComb
We like it here – Snarky Puppy
Family Dinner – Snarky Puppy
Had a hat – Jeff Lorber
Geography – Tom Misch

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Don’t think I’ve found that one yet

What song changed your life?

There is no one particular song that changed my life, Music changed my life and it still does on a daily basis

Who do you love?

My kids, I simply adore them

What is your favorite word?

Nton’ton: It is a term used to refer to any thing that you have forgotten the name of.

Favorite Fashion Garment

I don’t do fashion –but I do like a good pair of pants

Top of your bucket list?

Taking my kids on their 1st flight experience…Get super excited just imagining how dumbstruck and excited they would be

Your greatest achievement?

My kids

What do you complain about most often?

Being tired

What is your fear?

Not having done enough for my kids

Happiness is?

Either on the keys or with my kids

On stage I tend to?

Enjoy making music

If you are walking on stage for a keynote speech alla Barak Obama what song would you use and why?

It would probably be an own composed overture of some sort as I would probably work it into my speech about being original….

The best life lesson you have been taught?

Hardwork pays off

Do you get worked up whilst watching a sports game on TV ?

Nope, not into sports

Where would you like to be right now?

On an island, with the best scenery and tranquility

Do you do charity work and if you do – what do you do ?

I giving my time and expertise to raise funds for charities

Wishes and dreams ?

I wish to inspire, motivate…I dream off being in a position to make things happen for others, being the CEO of my well established company.

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