Reeperbahn Festival presents the highly regarded African artists Sampa the Great (Zambia) and Yugen Blakrok (South Africa).
Furthermore, Reeperbahn Festival Johannesburg will host two panels with African and European speakers as part of ACCES (a.o. Colin Schrinner, Head of Tunecore Germany; Mpumi Philips, Director of Distribution – The Orchard; Yuvir Pillay, Music Operations Manager Africa – TikTok; Laurent Bizot – Founder No Format!): The first panel will be dedicated to the topic of inclusion and how emerging artists can successfully find a global audience. The second panel will cover the topic of talent development, including incubation and investment models for cultural professionals. Furthermore, two workshops in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut South Africa will take place on site, and during the day, with award-winning DJ & producer 37mph (South Africa) and singer-songwriter and producer Muzi (South Africa). ACCES visitors will find a Reeperbahn Festival International exhibition booth that is designed as a hub for networking and information exchange.
Due to COVID-19 risks, this Reeperbahn Festival International event will also have to do without taking a delegation of European music-industry professionals to South Africa. However, as already successfully accomplished at Reeperbahn Festival Pan-Africa in June, the matchmaking event will take place also via the Reeperbahn Festival conference platform. On Friday, 26 November, renowned African decision-makers from various management agencies, labels, publishers, and bookers will connect with their European counterparts via digital 1:1 meetings.
In addition, there will be showcases in the evening: Reeperbahn Festival International presents the African artists Sampa the Great (Zambia) and Yugen Blakrok (South Africa) - the performances can be followed on the respective event day on the partner site of the MIAF (Music In Africa Foundation) in the livestream. Yugen Blakrok will be releasing new singles within the next months and a new album towards end of 2022 on her French label IOT Records and is currently looking for booking agents in countries and territories beyond France, Germany and Spain (Contact: Ignacio Priego).
Sampa the Great is on UK label Ninja Tune and the Echo Location Talent Agency is currently booking her 2022 EU tour, with first gigs confirmed e.g. at Primavera Sound Festival and Summerjam Festival (Contact: Carl Pires).
Workshop Production essentials
This 2-day workshop addresses both established and aspiring record producers. It is facilitated by top record producers and engineers who are keen to share their top production skills on beat making, music arrangement, DAWs, plugins, mastering and useful production tools.
37mph, Award-winning DJ & Producer (South Africa)
Muzi, Singer, songwriter, and record producer (South Africa)
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Time: 10:00-17:00 South African Standard Time
This workshop is presented in cooperation with Goethe Institute
A matchmaking event exclusively curated together with the Music In Africa Foundation. Here, up-and-coming as well as renowned African decision-makers from various artist, creative and live management agencies, labels and publishers are connected with their European counterparts on site and via digital 1:1 meetings.
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre + Reeperbahn Festival conference platform
Time: 12:30-14:00 South African Standard Time
PANEL #1 Talent development, incubation and investment models for African creators
Development, capacity building and finances are key for African music creators to perform in and beyond Africa’s markets. Despite contrasted context and needs, how can cooperation be key in leveraging access through connections, collaborations and networks?
Sevi Spanoudi, Founder – Black Major (South Africa), moderator
Fosta – Bridges for Music (South Africa)
Patricia Wachira, Communications Lead - PerFORM music incubator (Kenya)
Laurent Bizot, Founder - No Format (France)
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Time: 14:50-15:35 South African Standard Time
Yugen Blakrok (South Africa)
Venue: Constitution Hill
Time: 22:20-23:00 South African Standard Time