Delighted on behalf of Music Exchange to judge the 3rd annual Delft Youth Talent 2020

Delft Youth Festival is an innovative partnership community project between Bold Moves and Good Deeds Foundation, with support from other NGO’s, schools, businesses and organisations in Delft.

In 2018, the Festival was first launched to coincide with South Africa’s National Youth Day of remembrance for all the brave students and young citizens who took part in the 1976 Soweto uprising protests. The Festival’s purpose is to celebrate, unite, transform and empower the youth in Delft. The festival contributes positively to the long term social, cultural and economic development of Delft as a community.

Sadly, due to the ongoing challenges of covid19 in South Africa and around the world this year’s festival will focus only on the ‘Delft Youth Talent’ segment as a virtual project.

The Delft Youth Talent provides the opportunity for local diverse people in the Delft area to showcase their talents, promote social cohesion and cultural integration, and bring the community together in a fun and safe environment. Our targeted age is 7 years minimum to 35 years maximum, solo and group entries welcome.

AUDITION & FINALS

1) Delft Youth Talent Audition (Virtual) opens Tuesday 9 June and closes Tuesday 16 June.

Contestants to submit through our email, a short 4 minutes maximum video showcasing their talent. At the beginning of the video, each contestant must state his / her full name (s), name of the group (if applicable) and their act (singing, dancing, playing instrument, recital of poem, drumming, etc). All talent welcome. The top twenty (20) contestants will be featured regularly on our Delft Youth Festival facebook page and other social media platforms.

2) Delft Youth Talent Finals (Virtual) will take place on Saturday 27 June 1pm to 3pm.

Twelve (12) finalists will be selected from the top twenty (20) contestants by 3 dynamic, diverse and experienced judges (Ann Juries-May – actress; Nomi Mzamane – Producer, Actress & Presenter & yourself). The idea is for the 12 finalists (given different ‘spaced’ times to attend) to perform (by appointment one at a time) from a venue in Delft where covid 19 compliance will be taken seriously.

Mrs Kemi Akiyode-Adebayo

Executive Director / CEO

Cell / Whatsapp: +27 (0) 79 084 2987
Facebook: Bold Moves Africa

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE raising funds for the Baxter Streaming till Friday 5 June 2020

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE, ALONG WITH TONY CEDRAS AND FRIENDS, RETURNS

LIVE DURING LOCKDOWN!

After an absence of more than 30 years, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band, including Paul Simon friend and respected muso Tony Cedras, returned to Cape Town and The Baxter Theatre on Friday 25 October 2018, for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Fortunately for us all, this sell-out concert was captured on film, and commencing Friday, 29 May 2020, for ONE WEEK ONLY, this two-hour celebration of classic music, new voices and extraordinary light and sound production, will enjoy a new lease on life for a fleeting seven days.

Thanks to the power of digital collaboration with TicketPro, Music Exchange (MEX) , the original producers of the show, have teamed up in 2020, during the height of the current COVID-19 lockdown, to present this very rare and special moment in time for the very first time online.

https://tickets.heroticket.co.za/thero/shops/0b7a8ec

All proceeds from kind donations received over the seven days will go towards supporting the artists and crew who set the night alight.

Tickets are only R20.00.

The Baxter Theatre, equally compromised by COVID-19 reality, will also benefit with a percentage of the proceeds going towards their solidarity efforts in keeping their critical precinct alive now and well into the future.

Sipho’s long-overdue Mother City return was a night worth capturing in time, if only because the new (Siphokazi Jonas, Roeshdien Jaz, Mmino and the South African Youth Choir) and the tried-and-tested powerhouse that is “Hotstix” delivered a one-of-a-kind performance that’s finally being repeated!

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE, ALONG WITH TONY CEDRAS AND FRIENDS, RETURNS LIVE DURING LOCKDOW N!

After an absence of more than 30 years, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band, including Paul Simon friend and respected muso Tony Cedras, returned to Cape Town and The Baxter Theatre on Friday 25 October 2018, for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Fortunately for us all, this sell-out concert was captured on film, and commencing Friday, 29 May 2020, for ONE WEEK ONLY, this two-hour celebration of classic music, new voices and extraordinary light and sound production, will enjoy a new lease on life for a fleeting seven days.

Shop link – https://tickets.heroticket.co.za/thero/shops/0b7a8ec

Thanks to the power of digital collaboration with TicketPro, Music Exchange (MEX) , the original producers of the show, have teamed up in 2020, during the height of the current COVID-19 lockdown, to present this very rare and special moment in time for the very first time online.

All proceeds from kind donations received over the seven days will go towards supporting the artists and crew who set the night alight.

The Baxter Theatre, equally compromised by COVID-19 reality, will also benefit with a percentage of the proceeds going towards their solidarity efforts in keeping their critical precinct alive now and well into the future.

Sipho’s long-overdue Mother City return was a night worth capturing in time, if only because the new (Siphokazi Jonas, Roeshdien Jaz, The South African National Youth Choir and Mmino) and the tried-and-tested powerhouse that is “Hotstix” delivered a one-of-a-kind performance that’s finally being repeated!

Jann Klose commemorates his dearly departed manager in an emotional lockdown-produced video

There are a handful of qualified musical examples that best illustrate arresting melody, matched only by complementary visuals that lands their entertainment and message intent, beautifully – “Pilot Light” is one such statement.

Written in the midst of a breakup “Pilot Light”, produced by David Schoenwetter and Jann in the former’s Manhattan studio in early 2020, hits the listener squarely in the aural solar plexus, in a very, very good way. Add a visual document to support the lyrical investment and what’s where the heartfelt investment lands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk391xGhe7g&fbclid=IwAR08bQrBS8B2ofuwlPT5yxaRso2Tiv67NVD2lZ-EHS5hTtiTq287n3Je3kU

Dedicated to the untimely passing of Jann’s much respected and very much-loved manager of lauded Big Management-fame, Gary Salzman, due to Covid-19, “Pilot Light’s” sentiment rings true to the message of overcoming adversity and rising to the challenge of a day yet to be documented and celebrated for very different reasons than originally envisaged.

The singer/songwriter channels all of his creative ingenuity into a track that’s filled with universal appeal and immediacy sure to resonate with an audience grappling with finding meaning behind life’s biggest emotional challenges.

Pop/rock needs a lift, something to resuscitate the current lethargy that abounds, and Jann Klose is offering some cathartic bliss in the form of strings, melodic teasing and acoustic transformation.

As to what separate Jann’s “Pilot Light”, along with his rich and critically acclaimed archive of hit-making records, sit tight and pay genuine attention. “My songs have been heard on Grammy® nominated, Billboard Top 10 charting compilations,” Jann points out. “I am the singing voice of Tim Buckley in the Universal feature film Greetings from Tim Buckley, and my songs have been streamed over two million times in the last year on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music.”

Jann’s most recent album, In Tandem, features collaborations with some of South Africa’s most eminent artists.

He’s also opened and performed for a wide variety of artists, including John Oates (Hall and Oates), Pat Benatar and Suzanne Vega. “As a singer/actor, I have performed in Broadway shows The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde and Jesus Christ Superstar,” Klose shares.

There is no time more prescient than now for a track the calibre of “Pilot Light” to guide the way. If ever there was a moment when human emotion and authenticity is lacking, this track shines the light on our collective vulnerability, all while celebrating our resilience to overcome the very worst that life throws at us.

Call to radio in South Africa

Have a look at the attached letter and let us know what you think please
Special thanks to KFM who have started playing 2 hours of SA music every night from 10 -12 midnight

Music Exchange would love you thoughts and we hope more radio stations follow KFM’s example

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

MIDEM, HOME OF THE GLOBAL MUSIC COMMUNITY, HEADS FOR CAPE TOWN

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
info
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

https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/484/198512.html

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