MUSIC EXCHANGE (MEX18), South Africa’s only entertainment-economy-focused conference, returns to Cape Town for the eighth time from 1 to 2 September 2018 to the City Bowl
MEX18 will be hosted at the impressive Academy Of Sound Engineering studio complex, in District 6, as well as Sun Square, Mill Street, Gardens over the jam-packed two-day imbizo.
With MUSIC EXCHANGE well established and respected – thanks to incredible support from some of the world’s biggest names in production, song writing, composition, management, PR, digital strategy and live performance – MEX18 is excited to announce more of the same in the build up to its biggest weekend yet.
SAMRO, DEEZER, RISA and JOOX are just few of the critical local touch points 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. Christian’s mastered many award-winning Number One albums for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, and Gabrielle Aplin, along with soundtracks to movies (Gravity, Prince of Persia, The Master) from both sides of the Atlantic.
As to what Christian intends bringing to his happy return to The Mother City, he’s quick to point towards the talent he’s already forged working relationships thanks to 2017’s MEX writers camp. “My first emersion was wonderful,” he confirms. “I’m looking forward to hooking up with the team I worked with last year, but more especially connecting with more new and established talent while I’m there.”
Between band management, mastering and touring the world conducting writer’s camps, Christian’s most recent exploit took him to South America where he’s hoping to bridge and marry musicians from there with our own local talent. “It’s too early to say,” he teases, “suffice to say the rich talent in South Africa has the potential to go truly global. Cross pollination is key.”
With MEX18’s focus around all things digital, including the streaming economy, Christian, along with Mahogany’s Mark Murdoch will unpack the relationships between record labels, managers and the audiences they each appeal to. “Building a career in music takes time to develop. I’ll be talking about how producers need to adapt to an audience that extends beyond the borders of where music’s made if it’s to travel. Petit Noir is one such example of how taking a South African talent, exported and now plugged it into a universal audience to bring extraordinary success to everyone involved. So, yes, lots to talk about and plenty more to share and learn, MEX18 is where it’ll all come together.”
Music Exchange will also be hosting showcases. We have slots available on Friday, 31 August, at the launch evening, from 6-8pm, as well as two slots on Saturday, after day one of the conference, before RJ Benjamin and Chad Alexander perform.
The artists who perform must be able to do vocals and guitar, or vocals and piano or djembe drum. We want to listen to the essence of music. Three songs each, no longer than 15 minutes in total at Sun Square, Gardens (Mill Street Gardens ) from 6-8pm on Friday 31 August.
Just last month, Mabuse was honoured by President Ramaphosa and received a national order. The citation, Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, read, “for his contribution to the field of music and social cohesion. His spellbinding music has consistently captured the imagination of the nation.”
Some of his plans for later in the year include a major show in Soweto, along with speaking at Music Exchange in September in Cape Town and a once-off event at the Baxter Concert Hall in October – no burnout for Hotstix. I spoke to him last week.
When children call me daddy, especially in Soweto.
When I forget the lyrics to a song.
Sol Kerzner, a brilliant creative mind (Lost City one of the wonders of the world, created by a human being).
An old South African rand (the one rand and note) signed by the late President Nelson Mandela on his release from prison.
Martini and lemonade.
Any desert festival.
A hospital porter.
Insecure, purposeful, magnanimous, amorous, loving, and sensitive.
These are songs that have influenced my thinking and what I do as an artist.
Beatles – Norwegian Wood – first song I learnt to play in the Beaters, my first band.
Bob Marley – Jonny Was.
Babsi Mhlangani – Sala Emma.
Johnny Clegg – Scaterlings of Africa.
West Nkosi – Two Mabone – that song influenced me to make Jive Soweto and Shikisha.
Norwegian Wood and Burnout. Burnout has given me a life one can only dream of. The song is bigger than me, South Africa loves that song; it is humbling.
I would love to go to Cuba and play a show.
Passing matric at 60.
Unreliable partnerships and apathy.
Get nervous and intense.
Somewhere over the rainbow.
Thank you to the following team
Sound – Sound Corporation – Mark de Klerk
Technical Production Lighting, design, concept and operation – JP Willson
Publicity Martin Myers and Samm Marshall
Event management – Razia Myers, Casey Barclay
Ticketing – Naledi Mabuse, Palesa Mabuse
Show produced by Sipho Mabuse and Martin Myers
Lyric Theatre – Calum Stevenson, Zara Gafney, Graham Brune
Video recording – Paul Hughes
Live sound recording – Richard Mitchell
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.
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
For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Mobile: +27 83 448 4475
The month of August is dedicated to all women in South Africa. In celebration of Woman’s Month, Cape Town Collaborative have put together a special track titled “I Am Woman”.
It available as a free download, on their Reverbnation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/epiphanybandsa
Valentino van der Schyff and Tina Gordon are a male and female duo called Epiphany, who have put together a project called The Cape Town Collaborative.
Epiphany have always wanted to write a song in honour of women and decided to get in touch with artists they met at Music Exchange this year.
The artists who feature in this track are: Valentino van der Schyff, Tina Gordon, Ronald Jones, Angelo ‘Ello’ Bagley, Clint Brink, Siphokazi Jonas and Antholeen Petersen .
Tina recalls writing the song: “I wanted to write a song about women I admire and women others look up to.
It needed to be a powerful showing and an ode to all women of strength. We attended an open mic event at Liquid Lime Studios hosted by PANSA, after receiving an invitation from Natalia Da Rocha. It was at that moment we realised that we just had to complete the dedication to women in a composition we had in mind for so long.
Valentino explains: “After attending Music Exchange in March 2014, I was taken aback by the valuable information gained and realised how much we still need to do in the South African music business. Music Exchange has taught me so much and I’ve shared all of the knowledge gained with my partner in crime – Tina! We got right into it. Kept recording originals, kept writing songs, kept doing every single gig we possibly could. After Music Exchange, my mind set has shifted and we have never looked back since.”
Future Projects – Epiphany are already onto their next track titled “My Favourite” which will definitely be released before the end of September, if not sooner! For now, it is all about women and their Cape Town Collaborative tribute!
For more information contact:
Valentino van der Schyff – 071 902 5535 or Martin Myers -083 448 4475
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