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Sunday, April 26, 2015


The Awesome Africa International Arts Festival in partnership with Onexus Music Business Solutions presents a business workshop which will take place on Freedom Day, tomorrow (Monday April 27) at Sibusisiwe Hall in Mandeni. The aim of the workshop is to impart knowledge and boost growth in the local music sector of the iLembe region on the north coast.

Awesome Africa and Onexus are inviting all musicians, music managers, music producers and other interested parties who want to know more about the business side of music to attend their “Music Talks” sessions.

Topics that will be covered in the sessions include introduction into the music industry, performing platforms and funding opportunities, contracts and copyrights, studio etiquette and the value of sound, the digital freeway and international marketing and identity.

A wide range of speakers will take part on the “Music Talks” couch to deliver a lowdown of all they have learnt in their prolific musical endeavours. Some of the speakers include the legendary Ray Phiri who is the founder of the renowned award winning group called Stimela. Marlyn Ntsele from iSupport Music Business who has worked across various roles in the music industry which include project management, artist production as well as events organising. Awesome Africa director Dan Chiorboli who has been in the music industry for over 25 years will chair a session.

The panellists are individuals who are experts in their fields with hands-on experience: Dale Wardell is the owner of a successful recording studio, Sihle Mthembu is a successful journalist on East Coast Radio and Thulile Zama is the founder and vocalist of popular group Heels over Head.

The workshop is free of charge. Registration starts at 09h00 and the first session will commence at 10am. For more information contact Gabi on 081 419 9409.

This business workshop is part of the Awesome Africa International Arts Festival presented by Awesome Festivals in partnership with the KZN Department of Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation, that features a host of world-renowned performers over two days in different venues, kicking off with a Gala Concert at The Playhouse on Sunday, April 26 and followed by a full day at the Sibusisiwe Community Hall and Lovelife Centre in Mandeni, iLembe District on the North Coast on Monday, April 27.

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