SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE is making a call to all musicians in South Africa

MEX Endorses Empowerment

MEX chairperson and board member SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE is making a call to all musicians in South Africa to not only attend MEX18, on 1 and 2 September in Cape Town, but to all opportunities to cultivate the broader education in our collective music economy.

“As chairperson of MEX, which is now in its 8th year, I implore musicians, managers and all music business owners to attend the KZN Music Imbizo in Durban this week, and then MEX18 the week after,” Sipho implores. “We then have Moshito, in Gauteng, thereafter. If you are in one of these centres, get there! I raise this urgent call as we have a crisis in education around the local and global business of music.”

Sipho’s known and respected as someone open to sharing his experience, committed to empowering everyone in the industry that’s afforded him an extraordinary career. “I had a question the other day, from a music school graduate that floored me,” he shares. “Even with all of their class teaching this person questioned what was more important, a publisher or a publicist? That question scared me and drove home the fact that music conferences are a critical supplement to any text-book training.”

Sipho Mabuse

“It illustrates, with alarming accuracy, the lack of life-skill, real and applicable lessons from some of South Africa’s most established tertiary education institutions,” Sipho concludes. “This is where the likes of MEX, Moshito and the KZN Music Imbizo play a critical role in empowerment.”

MEX18 will play host to a truly global list of speakers and aggregators, the likes of SAMRO, DEEZER, RISA, THE ORCHARD, MAHOGANY and JOOX. Each is a critical local touch point in any career in music, all who will be active and participating at MEX18.

Add to that extraordinary partnerships and key international relationships, MEX18 welcomes back Abbey Rd Studio’s CHRISTIAN WRIGHT to the fold for a second time.

With MEX18’s focus around all things digital, including the streaming economy, CHRISTIAN, along with MAHOGANY’s MARK MURDOCH will be unpacking the relationships between record labels, managers and the audiences they each appeal to.

pic Mark Murdoch -Mahogany

THE ORCHARD’s Vice-President (France, Benelux and West Africa) BEN OLDFIELD will also be flying in especially to talk at MEX18.

MUSIC EXCHANGE will also be hosting showcases. By attending MEX18 you will be in front of all three international speakers, as well as SA artists including RJ BENJAMIN and the keynote speakers, including publishers the calibre of DAVID ALEXANDER and JOHN FISHLOCK.

Whether you’re an established or ambitious young artist, publicist, producer, DJ, manager, venue owner, record label, agency or corporate brand looking to gain invaluable insight and learnings every delegate can actively apply and benefit from, MEX18 is the creative hub responsible for bringing it all together.

Digital monetisation in the new music economy, through to masterclasses dedicated to key disciplines, MEX18 will once again offer it all.

MEX18 will be hosted at the impressive Academy Of Sound Engineeringstudio complex, in District 6, as well as Sun Square, Mill Street, Gardens over the jam-packed two-day imbizo.

With more speakers and events to be announced over the coming three weeks, in the build-up to MEX18, follow us on Facebook to get breaking announcements as they happen.

Limited delegates tickets for MEX18 are available now through Quicket.

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For booking details, and more information, go to: www.musicexchange.co.za

Mobile giant MTN has failed to pay music copyright royalties to songwriters since 2013.

MTN in music copyright arears for over two years …

Mobile giant MTN has failed to pay music copyright royalties to songwriters since 2013.

The company, which owes just under R1 million for 2014, has also failed to declare music sales data and earnings for 2015 to songwriters.

CAPASSO, the royalty collecting society which represents songwriters and their publishers for music digital sales, states that attempts to license and collect the outstanding royalties and reports from MTN and its subsidiary Content Connect Africa (CCA), which is responsible for delivering some of the music available on MTN music platforms such as CallerTunez, have been met with nothing but constant rate disputes and an unwillingness to enter into licence agreements.

Business Affairs manager at CAPASSO, Mr Wiseman Ngubo, states: “Following more than a year of negotiations with both MTN and CCA, it is remarkable that both these parties are now disputing the licence fee rate, even though MTN previously paid royalties at the same rate in 2013. The rate has not increased”.

This is despite other industry players, including competitor mobile companies and other suppliers of music to MTN such as Madlozi, a company affiliated to Kalawa Jazmee, agreeing and duly paying music royalties at the same agreed rates.

CAPASSO represents numerous songwriters either directly, such as Tarryn Lamb, Nompumelelo Mzobe and Doctor Malinga, or through their publishers such Ghetto Ruff, Soulistic Music Pty Ltd (Universal Music Publishing), CashTime Life (Gallo Music Publishers), and Thoho Records.

MTN’s attitude to songwriter royalties is not new. Failed negotiations and rate disputes have been the order of the day for over five years; this while the mobile giant continues to sell hit singles such as Black Coffee’s We Dance Again and K.O.’s Caracara…and of course the international hit single Hello by Adele.

According to CAPASSO CEO Nothando Migogo “As CD sales steadily decline, digital music sales are an increasingly relied-upon revenue stream for songwriters and composers. Songwriters are excited to see their songs on sale by MTN as caller ring-back tones or downloads, but are shocked when CAPASSO tells them that it hasn’t received royalties or, in some cases even reports, for these sales”.

“The unfortunate thing is that songwriters, who are also artists, don’t realise that even if they receive payment for their role as the artist or singer on a song, they are still owed another royalty for their role as a songwriter. It is this songwriter royalty that CAPASSO collects.

“It is even worse for songwriters who don’t perform on the actual song. They don’t even benefit from the first type of royalty which may (or may not) have been paid by MTN”. Migogo adds that numerous “hidden” songwriters or featured artists on other artists’ big hit singles have been at CAPASSO’s doors demanding reasons for the missing royalties.

With the call by mobiles giants including MTN for more regulation of OTT services such as Whatsapp and Skype, due to the bad impact these services have had on the mobile companies’ profits, MTN’s disregard of its own governance and corporate citizenship obligations is even more glaring and ironic.

* CAPASSO (Composers Authors and Publishers Association) is a not for profit royalty collection company operating from Johannesburg.

www.capasso.co.za

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What’s the Thing That Keeps You From Reaching Your Music Career Goals?

Here are some of problems and obsticles :

  • Lack of time
  • Lack of money
  • Lack of confidence
  • Self-sabotage
  • Not setting goals to begin with
  • Not planning well enough
  • Procrastination
  • Having too many goals
  • Not prioritizing my goals
  • Spreading myself too thin
  • Popular trends not going my way
  • Not knowing where to start
  • My day job
  • Not putting what I know into action
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of failure

How many of these can you relate to? I hope this list makes you realize that you are not alone when it comes to distractions, resistance, and excuses.

The thing is, successful artists deal with these very same hurdles. Musicians who reach higher levels don’t have some secret code and aren’t immune to the everyday obstacles we all encounter.

1) Decide

The first step to reaching any goal is to know where you’re headed. The clearer the target, the more purposeful your actions will be. That’s why the first step to accomplishment is to set a specific, measurable goal (or set of goals). Decide what you want and be crystal clear about what it is.

2) Plan

Once you know exactly what you want, the next step is to craft an action plan that will move you toward it. Take some time to brainstorm on paper. Make lists of the different types of activities you will need to engage in to reach the goal. Who will you need to contact, what do you need to learn, and what tools will help you get there? Work backwards from the goal and determine the specific steps you’ll need to take.

Martin Myers -founder Music Exchange Ryan Haslam and keynote speaker 9 time Grammy winner Bryan Michael Cox both from Atlanta –www.mex15.co.za

3) Start

Now it’s time to dive into the step that holds back most human beings: taking action! Look over your grand plan and ask yourself, “What’s the very first thing I need to do in each category?” Focus only on those initial things and … do them!Don’t worry about the entire project or the immensity of your goal. Just do the little thing that needs to be done today: make a phone call, send an email, design a web page, repair your equipment, or sit down to write a new song (or finish one you started).

4) Continue

Taking those initial actions in the Start phase may actually come easy if you’re exciting about the goal People who succeed muscle through the distractions and “continue” taking action, even when they’re short on time and energy. If your goal is truly important, you will find time to chip away at it and make progress – on a consistent basis.

5) Evaluate

If you get this far, congratulations! You’ve accomplished more than the majority of creative people (as sad as that is to say). You have decided what you want, created an action plan, started taking action, and have continued to work toward it, despite many temptations to do otherwise.

6) Adjust

Once you look at the actions you’ve taken thus far and measured the results look over your plan and tweak it. How you do that is super simple: Do more of what’s working and less of what isn’t working. Also, this is a good time to introduce a new goal or strategy that makes sense based on what you’ve learned from your actions so far.

7) Continue

Once again, consistent action and progress is key.

A throw back from September MUSIC EXCHANGE 2015

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse to celebrate Burnout with his show “Timelessness 50 years on” Wed 1 Oct Lyric Theatre

TIMELESSNESS 50 years on 

On Wednesday evening, 1 October, for one-night-only, one of South Africa’s, and indeed the world’s, most admired and respected musicians – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – is set to perform at The Lyric Theatre, Johannesburg, in a special, single performance, affair.

Titled Timelessness, a name coined by Mabuse, the show will  tip its hat to the masters, taking fans on musical journey filled with extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, performances.

2014 is a momentous year in Mabuse’s 50-year career immersion in music. Not only is it his golden anniversary of his unwavering commitment and contribution to South African music, it is 30 years ago his now 500 000 copy-selling single “Burn Out” changed the face of shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in pop music history.

Timelessness

From his first group, Harari, through to his stellar solo career that spans the better part of his adult life, Mabuse’s Lyric Theatre reveal is going to be jam-packed with so many hits and memories, beyond “Burn Out”, that “we might not be able to fit it in,” he jokes.

Beyond competent and hugely applauded, the magic this musician makes is practically impossible to pigeonhole. Drummer, flautist, alto flautist, pianist, saxophonist, kalimba player, timbale and African drummer, Mabuse’s raw ability and talent know no limit!

His name became synonymous with township jive nearly three decades ago, and today his live performances still present the master’s art as the stuff of legend.

As the musical ambassador for South Africa, performing in virtually every country in Africa and touring the US, England, France, Germany and Italy, amongst many more, Mabuse’s recorded and produced the likes of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo.

Head out to The Lyric Theatre, at Gold Reef City, and come celebrate the multiple anniversaries with his friends, peers and contemporaries. Expect tributes, tears and Timelessness aplenty as Sipho”Hotstix” Mabuse unpacks, retells and delights the night with songs that remain as perpetual as the master maker himself.

Tickets are available from Computicket.co.za or call: 0861 915 8000 or click on link below 

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For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za
Mobile: +27 83 448 4475

Composers Association of South Africa Cape Town Workshop at Ratanga Junction on Thursday 24th October 9:30am – 1pm

You are cordially invited to the Composers Association of South Africa

Cape Town Workshop at Ratanga Junction on Thursday 24th October 9:30am – 1pm

Featuring our special guest speaker Nick Matzukis (one of the key Music Exchange speakers since inception www.musicexchange.co.za ) a musician and advocate specializing in music industry and copyright law

Nick Matzukis
Also speaking is  CASA’s Ron Brettell and Gloria Bosman.

We will be  sharing important updates on the South African and International music scene.

Topics to discuss include

Disturbing new South African Copyright legislation in the pipeline

Concerns about Broadcasters and Production houses

Updates on SAMRO

Engage in general discussion with question and answer session.

Consider the possibility of forming a Cape Town branch of CASA

Light lunch available

Hope to see you there for a vibrant and interesting day!

Please RSVP to:

Email: exco@composers.co.za

SMS: 076 026 4379

Or via our website comments form:

http://composers.co.za/casa-contact.html

SAMRO announces the list of nominees for the inaugural WAWELA Music Awards for 28 June 2013

SA’s sensational songwriters book their place in the spotlight

Which music creators have truly put South African music on the global stage? At an event held in Johannesburg today, SAMRO announced the long-awaited list of nominees for the inaugural WAWELA Music Awards.

Wawela is a Zulu word meaning “go beyond” – a fitting description for the talented nominees in these prestigious awards. Never before have so many South African composers, songwriters and performers made their mark as music ambassadors around the world, across a number of media formats.

“We’re proud to pay homage to the success of those who have put South African music on the map and to the legends of local music that have paved the way through their extraordinary lifetime achievements,” said SAMRO Deputy CEO, Sipho Dlamini.

The much-anticipated WAWELA Music Awards ceremony, which takes place on 28 June 2013, is set to be an exciting and glamorous evening, with many musical stars in the South African firmament as well as major industry players in attendance.

“These awards, the first of their kind in the country, are an important event on the musical calendar,” said Dlamini, adding: “On the night of 28 June, we’ll be gathering to give South Africa’s songwriting trailblazers the recognition that is due to them.”

Today marked the announcement of the nominees in the Standard Awards section in theWAWELA Music Awards, whichwere open to SAMRO members. Composers were selected across a range of genres, styles and categories.

“These pioneers of our music industry will be celebrated and recognised for their achievements that go beyond just commercial success,” affirmed SAMRO General Manager: Marketing, Tiyani Maluleke.

A number of Special Awards will also be handed out on the night, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Breaking through the Borders Award, and awards for Publisher of the Year and Prolific Catalogue of Works.

Go beyond, with the Wawela Music Awards: Internationally embraced, locally awarded!

The WAWELA Standard Award nominees are:

Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatric documentary:

Daniel Baron nominated for Wrongfully Detained

Philip Miller nominated for Leaving Father

Sven Larsen nominated for Afro Slow

Best song or composition in a television production:

Alan Lazar nominated for Scandal

Gregory Reveret nominated for Loxion Kulca Roots

James Barnard nominated for Limpopo

Best song or composition in a television commercial:

David Waugh nominated for the Toyota commercial

James Barnard nominated for the Sunlight Liquid commercial

Louis Enslin nominated for the Outsurance commercial

Best song or composition in a radio commercial:

James Barnard nominated for the White Star commercial

Claude Gombard nominated for the Coke Malawi commercial

Rene Veldsman nominated for the Shoprite commercial

Best creative album of the year:

Coenie De Villiers nominated for Hart van Glas

Black Porcelainnominated for Invincible Summer

Lira nominated for Return to Love

Songwriter of the year:

Wendy Oldfield

Joshua Kempen

Lira

Best South African duo/group:

Lonehill Estate

Tumi and the Volume

The Soil

Best female artist & composer/co-composer:

Lira

Nothende

Black Porcelain

Best male artist & composer/co-composer:

Daniel Baron

Johnstone Mnyandu

Claude Gombard

For more information on the WAWELA Music Awards:

Website: www.wawelamusicawards.co.za

Email: info

Twitter: @WawelaMusic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WawelaMusicAwards

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is proud to be hosting the inaugural Wawela Music Awards, the only awards ceremony in South Africa that rewards music creators for their outstanding international achievements. For further information on SAMRO, please visitwww.samro.org.za

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