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Monday, August 25, 2014



KZN Music Imbizo 2014 programme boasts the royalty of the creative sector, from Rolling Stone editor Miles Keylock to Zakes Bantwini and ZuluBoy.

KZN Music Imbizo, KwaZulu-Natal’s independent music business conference and exhibition, will be held at the KZN Music House from August 28 to 30.

KZN Music Imbizo collects various music industry stakeholders under one roof to map the way forward for the KwaZulu-Natal Music industry. It is a platform to exhibit, network, share expertise and knowledge.

Themed A Global Mindset, the idea is to holistically look at the global music industry. Where are the opportunities for South African artist to date? What are the starting steps? The question of live performances and the South African touring circuit will also be addressed.

Topics ranging from digital and physical distribution, African Music Ecosystem and a master class on publishing by Sheer Publishing, open the first day. Eric Apelgren (Head of eThekwini Department of International Governance & Relations) will give a welcome address, talking about the Global Citizen. Thami Zondi (KZN Department of Economic Development & Tourism) connects the dots between the vision of the province for the creative sector and the National Development Plan.

Also on the first day, there are presentations from the Association of Independent Record Companies (AIRCO), South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) Foundation and panel discussions including SAMRO, Sheer Publishing, Music In Africa and others.

The second day starts with a keynote address by Miles Keylock (Editor-in-Chief: Rolling Stone) on the importance of media in the music industry. The day is dedicated to media, advertising and education and will include presentations from the KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association (KUMISA), Onexus and AIRCO plus panel discussions that will include Iain Robinson (Ewok), Lex LaFoy and Babuyile Shabalala. Zakes Bantwini joins Khaya Dlanga to talk about branding.

The last day is dedicated to the artist. There will be a frank talk with RUMA (Hiphop Artist), Bheka Mthethwa (bass guitarist) and Moonchild (artist). Artist managers Given Ngwenya (DJ Cleo), Ayanda Ncwane (Ayanda Ncwane) and Sizwe Mzolo (Ihash’Elimhlophe) will talk the management side of the artist. ZuluBoy, a well-travelled musician and pioneer of the distinct sound of SkandiHop, will be the keynote speaker on the day.

The day closes with a session involving the brains behind World Jam Festival, Fact Durban Rocks and Ugu Jazz Festival – Craig Clay-Smith, Belinda Saville and Siyabonga Msomi.

The main programme will be balanced out by an exhibition, music showcase, equipment demo and frequent KZN Music House studio tours. The music showcase features a range of genres from Kwaito, Schathamiya, Hiphop to House music.

The KZN Music Imbizo takes place daily from 08h00 to 17h00 at the KZN Music House, 1 Epson Road, CNR. Derby Street, Greyville, from August 28 to 30.

For more information contact Sphe Mbhele, Project Manager: KZN Music Imbizo, on 031 301 8739 or 072 058 6675, email or visit Download the KZN Music Imbizo programme from: