Cape Times personal reflection on passing of Hugh Masekela

Thank you to the Cape Times for calling me to write a personal reflection on the passing of Bra Hugh this week

Not an easy to do

Rest in Peace -Hugh

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My tribute to my dear friend Ray Phiri that I put on Facebook

Rest in peace my friend Ray Phiri – I know you are at peace – I remember the Unfinished Story so well when I was at UCT and the lifelong friendship we developed .A giant friend has passed – I will not whisper in the deep .

I spoke to Hotstix Mabuse (who we manage ) this morning and he is devasted “He said to me Mart I have no words ” Sipho and Ray did so much work together and when they got together it was always fun.

I remember touring with Ray and working on the Unfinished Story tour at the Good Hope Centre in 1987.

My daughter Casey Barclay has heard “Whispers in the deep” countless times on the school run in the morning .Ray helped shaped my love and continued love of SA Music.

When my wife Razia Myers met Ray she remarked what a gentle soul he has and amazing aura.

Ray had so much wisdom to give and he gave willingly

Argus page 10

the full page in the Argus

the Cape Times -front page

Spring into Music Exchange with Thabiet Allie, COO of TurnUp Music Thurs 8 and Fri 9th September

What is exciting is that the annual Music Exchange conference is around the corner, on Thursday and Friday, September 9 and 8, at Grandwest Market Hall and a great product will be launched at the conference called TurnUp Music.

Careers are made and broken online, and TurnUp Music is the new digital disruption platform that artists, and fans alike, will love.
TurnUp Music, in collaboration with WeChat and Endemol Shine Africa, is an online music service dedicated to helping musicians build their careers by offering the platform to reach and grow their fan base.

Available exclusively through WeChat, TurnUp is the ultimate gateway to a host of local talent, including various South African superstars the like of MiCasa, Nathi, Emtee and Vusi Nova.
“Our core mission at WeChat is to make every day easier for everyone,” says Brett Loubser, CEO of WeChat Africa.
“From publishing, licensing marketing and distribution, the traditional music model wasn’t built for the benefit of musicians or the fans. We’re doing away with that. Firstly by making sure the musicians are well looked after by reaping maximum benefit from their work. Then we help them take their product to the fans that then can buy the music on our platform,” continues Loubser.

As a local artist-centric space online, where undiscovered artists are able to make their music available to the large South African audience, TurnUp Music is about to turn heads as the epicentre where artists and their fans can connect. A dynamic pricing structure ensures that all artists’ fans are catered for.
“What differentiates TurnUp Music is focus. Our aim is to create opportunities to grow artists and amplify their careers by harnessing collaborative marketing reach and opportunities.

Marketing and artist development equals longevity and longevity makes a career in music sustainable and potentially profitable.
It’s this focus that has driven TurnUp to promote talent, provide opportunities for learning new skills and pay artists 70% of download revenue.
TurnUp will further work with Endemol Shine Africa to support TurnUp artists and their music on TV and digital media platforms,” says Thabiet Allie, COO of TurnUp Music.

This TurnUp launch is a very exciting part of the 2016 Music Exchange Programme and together with speakers like Mike Joubert, Arthur Goldstuck, Grant Davison, Kim Kallie Banner and Bev Scott Brown included in the line-up, along with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Moreira Chonguica, all areas of the music business will be covered, including having the legal dynamos Warrick Percy, Nick Matzukis and Adrian Rogowski all speaking.

Amazing press for last Mondays pop up performance in Cape Town with Hostix Mabuse

What a wonderful success Monday 18th April was with Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 5pm
We as a team ( Derek Geddes ,Roesdien Jaz ,Marvin Leventhal ,Peter Lacey ,Razia Myers ,Zane Maqetuka ,Sam Roy ) and the band of course pulled of a fantastic pop up performance in Cape Town and we ended up on the front page of the Argus

Siphokazi Jonas the poet joined in along with Jason Skippers ,Germaine Leonard and Josh Prinsloo

We had poetry and Sipho doing 5 numbers including Redemption song Burn out and Shikisha

Kfm with Dion Bing came to take videos and CCTV under Rene Del Carme also filmed.

It was a glorious way to end Monday

Monday 18th April SIPHO HOTSTIX MABUSE at Promenade Three Anchor Bay

Sipho “Hotstix “Mabuse will be doing something fun at 5pm at the glasses on the Promenade in Three Anchor bay Cape Town on Monday 18th April

You are welcome to join and share in the fun .

We could have a poet join, a guitar player and before you know it ,the pop up will disappear.

Why don’t you come along and see what transpires .We all need some fun to end Monday off don’t we ?

The public artwork is called” Perceiving Freedom”by Michael Ellion

You can see why we have chosen the spot due to album cover Afrodizzia below

THE HASTHAG IS #HOTSTIX twitter @siphohotstix -PLEASE USE THE HASHTAG #HOTSTIX if you are coming

CALLING ALL CREATIVES! CTFC x MUSIC EXCHANGE Free WORKSHOP SATURDAY 6 FEBUARY

CAPE TOWN FASHION COUNCIL and MUSIC EXCHANGE 2016 are excited to announce ‪#MEX16Workshops

#MEX16Workshops is a series of workshops that will be hosted on a monthly basis in and around the Cape, packed with practical tools for all artists.

Are you a budding musician in 2016? Not sure where to start? Then this workshop is perfect for you! It will be facilitated by Derek Geddes and Martin Myers.

We are discussing how to present yourself to look good – the elements that are easily forgotten but so important to build a strong foundation for your brand!

We show you the correct contacts for media and the do’s and dont’s regarding press and radio – your own blackbook.

LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE

DETAILS:

DATE: Saturday 6 February 2016
TIME: Arrive 10:30 AM for 11:00AM – 1PM (MAX) (Break Included)
VENUE: CTFC Office
PARKING: No parking available in Harrington House building. Please park in surrounding streets.
FEE: No Fee

CTFC OFFICE ADDRESS:

Cape Town Fashion Council
Harrington House 2nd Floor
37 Barrack Street
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001
South Africa

RSVP:

RSVP BY Friday, 5 FEBRUARY 2016 at Noon

To RSVP, kindly email the following to martin

(1) Name and Surname
(2) Contact Number
(3) Email Address

MORE INFO ON SPEAKERS

Derek Geddes

A Fashion Education specialist who focuses on developing individual creatives. With a design education background from tenure at SA’s leading Design Schools, Derek offers beneficial insights on how best to present personal images to a wide audience. Building your image is crucial for artists who wish to have a marketable footprint in their creative industry.

Martin Myers

A UCT graduate, a Cape Town based publicist and music supervisor, Martin Myers began his career in the music industry by running UCT Radio at the University of Cape Town back in 1985. His big break arrived that same year when he organised a gig for Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – the personal and professional relationship that was established and remains solid 30 years later. For 16 years, Martin was BMG / Sony Music Cape Town’s publicist, working closely with local and international acts including Vusi Mahlasela, BLK Sonshine, Shayne Ward, Joy Enriquez, John Legend, R Kelly, Lira, Lisa Stansfield, N Sync, BackStreet Boys, and Goldfish. Martin also writes a weekly Op-ed piece for Next 48 hours that appears under the Title – Music Exchange Sport – which is Martin’s second favourite passion. Since 2005 he has co-presented “On The Couch”, a Saturday morning sports show which airs between 9am and 10am on Heart 104.9fm. The show itself is a favourite with Cape Town sports fans and has been nominated for 3 radio awards.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

‪#MEX16Workshops

Selection of photos from MYERS FAMILY 2015 a great year and most important my daughter Casey turned 15

a Selection of pics from the Myers family for 2015 -Thank you for a great year especially my wife and daughter who support me unconditionally and my friends who always see a positive outcome. -THANK YOU

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