AMARA NWOGU (CA)
COO – 8 TIL FAINT
She was determined to do the same at RBC, in partnership with Live Nation developing brand strategies, partnerships, and funding opportunities such as MVP Project, RBC Launchpad, and OVO Summit. Recently, Amara has worked with the international advocacy group, Global Citizen on their One World: Together At Home, which aired April 18th in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). The historic, cross-platform global special that celebrated and raised $127.9 million (USD) for health care workers and coronavirus relief with performances and appearances from Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Jimmy Fallon, Usher and more.
ANTOS STELLA (SA)
CEO – CONTENT CONNECT AFRICA
BILLY DOMINGO (SA)
COO – CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
BLACK COFFEE (SA)
If one heard a clamour and ululating emanating from the eastern provinces of South Africa, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape, announcing the recognition of a cultural phenomenon and their role in the development of this cultural phenomenon, one could not argue were that
the clamour and ululating be in respect of the soul, spirit, talent and vision that is Nkosinathi
Innocent Maphumulo, better known as Black Coffee.
Black Coffee was born in Durban in KwaZulu Natal and grew up in the Eastern Cape in
Mthatha, before moving back to Durban to study music at Natal Tech where he majored in Jazz. His reason for studying music was because he felt that as a producer, he had to deepen his overall musical knowledge, develop his listening skills and advance his knowledge of music theory. Leaving tech prior to completion of his studies, Black Coffee with two friends Thandukwazi Demor Sikhosana and Mnqobi Shota Mdabe worked as backup vocalists for the renowned Madala Kunene. Deciding then to form an urban soul trio “Shana” the three moved to Johannesburg to make their way.
Keeping “Simply Hot And Naturally African” (the meaning of Shana) together as an ongoing project, the three also pursued their individual visions, collaborating on the way. Black Coffee was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2003 jump-starting him into the South African DJ scene – a decision he says he has never looked back on. His first big break was when his song “Happiness” was featured on the DJs At Work album.
2005, the same year as the release of Black Coffee’s powerful debut album Black Coffee saw the birth and formation of Soulistic Music, Black Coffee’s wholly owned 360° corporate structure, his team’s home base and the jump-off point for himself, and as time has evidenced for many others too. Black Coffee revealed that his first album was created using considerably basic music-making software. “I don’t know how to explain the production stages of my album because all I did was put down the basic ideas that I had, I didn’t use any MIDI controllers everything was played with a computer mouse.” He added that the use of live instruments in a song is also especially important, giving a track that final magic touch and bringing it to life. A view through the Black Coffee ‘lens’, at the end of 2011, confirms a delightful, fresh and truly heartwarming vista of dynamic and exciting creative production, glimpses of a genius unfolding and degrees of difficulty, challenge and hardship. To many Black Coffee has led the ‘house music’ way. establishing a global pre-eminence in vocal house music and a business approach structured to unlock the plethora of opportunities offered by a converged digital realm driven by the songs and their performance.
CORY LITWIN (CA)
EVP – HALLWOOD MEDIA
D.O. GIBSON (CA)
ERIN BENJAMIN (CA)
PRESIDENT & CEO; CANADIAN LIVE MUSIC ASSOCIATION
ANDREW MITCHLEY (SA)
A&R HEAD-DAVID GRESHAM RECORDS
Andrew is the Chief Operations Officer & head of A&R at David Gresham Records & has recently become the co-founder and Managing Director at Gresham Rights Management, a direct licensing company representing SESAC & The Harry Fox Agency in Sub-Saharan Africa.
ERIN ASHLEY LOWERS (CA)
MUSIC JOURNALIST & DIGITAL SPECIALIST
Journalism aside, her love of music has also expanded into the festival market. At home in Toronto, Erin worked tirelessly with Manifesto’s Festival of Community and Culture as both the Educational Programmer and lending a hand to its music programming for six years, programmed conference topics for CMW, and hosted three successful all-Canadian music showcases at Atlanta’s A3C Festival before becoming their 2017 conference manager.
The most recent additions to Erin’s career in the music industry include her work as an interview producer and researcher for the Emmy and Peabody-award winning Netflix series Hip-Hop Evolution. Erin currently serves as a juror / judge for FACTOR, Polaris, Prism Prize and is on the JUNO Awards Rap Committee. Working with independent artists, event planners, community leaders, non-profit organizations and marketing companies across North America, Erin has been planting seeds coast-to-coast that are bound to grow as time moves forward.
EVELYN CREAM (CA)
MANAGER, COLLECTIVE INITIATIVES, SPONSORSHIP & OUTREACH
JAKE GOLD (CA)
PRESIDENT & CEO THE MANAGEMENT TRUST LTD
JOTAM MATARIRO (SA)
JONATHAN BUTLER (SA/USA)
Following several monumental decades of moving from South Africa to America, building a worldwide audience for his music while also raising his children to adulthood, Jonathan Butler arrived at a crossroads in his marriage which ended in divorce.
A few years later Jonathan met violinist Nadira Kimberly, who brought profound new meaning to his life. Her presence by his side became the inspiration for Close To You.
“Right then I realized this was not the season to write about me or my relationship,” Butler shares. “It was a season for me to listen to what is in the atmosphere. The music of Burt Bacharach is what I was hearing. The next day I called my manager and told him I wanted to do a Bacharach songbook album and reinvent myself in the process. I am honored to become a student of this music. To recognize the precious, golden ‘origin era’ of great songwriting. I did my homework then sprinkled South African spice on top with my chanting and rhythmic approach to playing the guitar. This is music I could really dig into.”
The highlights of Close To You are bountiful, beginning with the title track that features the touching violin introduction of Nadira (Hidden Figures, The Voice). There is “A House Is Not A Home” which Butler sings solely to guitar/bass accompaniment – “a lyric I just felt I needed to pay attention to.” Then there is the existential musing, “Alfie.” “I had to reach a level of maturity to sing this one,” he states. “The lyric is so profound. At the start, I am having a chat with the listener. Then at the end where it says, ‘Without love, we just exist’…what a revelation! We all have many things to sort out in life but this is said in such a beautiful way. ‘When you walk, let your heart lead the way / Then you’ll find love any day.’”
Deepest of all is “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” a message destined to ring out in today’s troubled times as it did when introduced in 1965. “It’s a 6/8 groove that keeps opening and opening, wrapping ‘round the listener,” he says. “People are ready to go to a higher place. At my concerts, I’ve seen them standing together, holding hands. Starting with me, I hope this song will start a new love movement.” Reflecting upon his roots in poverty and apartheid in Cape Town, Butler adds, “What I am seeing today in America truly hurts my heart. I know what it is to see a ‘whites only’ sign. There are three things that are important for a Black man to know: Who you are; Where you are, and; When you speak, be bold, loud enough for everybody to hear. Many people that come to my concerts, I can see, are still conflicted. When I am among them, I am very open and real. I tell them my story.”
Butler’s musical story began at age 12 recording the Burt Bacharach song “Please Stay,” originally recorded by vocal quartet The Drifters in 1961. Escaping then-Apartheid-poisoned South Africa through a love for music instilled within him from his parents and siblings, Butler has become a world-renowned singer, guitarist and entertainer via songs ranging from the pop of “Sarah, Sarah” and the soul of “Do You Love Me” to the jazz of “Deliverance” and his Contemporary Gospel classic “Be Encouraged.” Now 56, Jonathan Butler has come back to Bacharach full circle with the music of Close To You. “I’d heard people use the term soulmate and always wondered, ‘What is that?’” he concludes. “Now I have a buddy, lover and companion that I walk our dog Pete with, discussing our future plans in matrimony and philanthropy. It brings to mind a scripture I love which states, ‘Blessed be the Lord who causes us to triumph in the end.’”
JONATHAN G SHAW (SA)
Mr Shaw has written an acclaimed music industries textbook entitled “The South African Music Business”, and also lectures at various academic institutions, including Wits University, on music business and presented at over 30 music business workshops including Standard Bank’s Joy of Jazz’s ‘Geleza Kleva and Learn’ and Artscene Foundation’s music business and music & lyric workshops.
JOHN HARRIS (CA)
CEO: HARRIS INSTITUTE
University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University. Founding Trustee, Domenic Troiano Scholarships (2005–2010), Financial assistance for emerging guitarists in honour of a legend
LERATO KGANYAGO (SA)
DJ, MC, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
in 2005. She made her mark in the industry when she became the face of Soweto TV, and
began hosting her own talk show on the station, The LKG Show.
Lerato has cemented her role in the music and entertainment industry as one of the most sought-after DJs in the country, playing at festivals (Spring Fiesta, Royal Heritage Festival, DStv iRock), clubs and corporate events. In March 2018 she was invited to Los Angeles to add her input the collaboration between Cassper Nyovest and international superstar Jason Derulo, climaxing in her DJing in Cape Town during the Coca Cola World Cup SA Trophy Tour and later being booked in 2019 in Miami, USA. Lerato is a popular MC for major corporations such as Sun International, and has also hosted the South African Film & Television Awards, Sports & Recreation Gala dinners along with forays as Red Carpet host for the South African Music Awards and the MTV Africa Music Awards, The South African Film & Television Awards, and The Royalty Soapie Awards. Adding to her many talents, Lerato pursued her passion for acting, featuring on popular drama series 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls, Muvhango, Thandeka’s Diary and A Date With Arthur, and M- Net’s The Wild. But it was when she was chosen as the face of popular lifestyle entertainment show, The Link, on SABC 1 in 2012 that this multi-talented personality’s career rocketed. In 2016 she landed the coveted slot as co-presenter of SABC1’s freshest music show, Live Amp which she co-hosted until mid 2018.
LEMON AND HERB (SA)
MUSIC PRODUCTION AND DJ DUO
STRATEGIC BRANDING AGENCY
RENNETH SHISIKULE (SA)
CEO – IMEXSA
TRISHA CARTER (CA)
MUSIC EXPORT (CIMA)
MARGARET MCGUFFIN (CA)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -MUSIC PUBLISHERS
Margaret holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA in Arts and Media Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business. Margaret volunteers extensively and currently is Chair on the Board of Directors of Work in Culture and the Advisory Committee of MusiCounts.
MARINA ADAM (CA)
MANAGER – ONTARIO MUSIC OFFICE
MPUMI PHILLIPS (SA)
CREATIVE MANAGER – SHEER PUBLISHING
MICHAEL MOETI (SA)
CEO – SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC WEEK
MIKE TANNER (CA)
TORONTO’S MUSIC SECTOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER.
Mike’s own experience as a musician includes many years performing, touring, and recording. Prior to joining the City, he was Director of Operations for the North by Northeast Festival.
MUNYARADZI CHANETSA (SA)
A&R MANAGER – SONY ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING SA
Further, as an employee of Sony ATV Music Publishing, Munya has given presentations and attended key forums centered around copyright across South Africa, Angola, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria. Before joining Sony, Munya was employed as the Head of Licensing for the Composer, Author and Publishing Association of South Africa. Prior to that he was the Head of Operations: Africa at Content Connect Africa from 2009 – 2019 and prior to that he was the Head of Marketing and Promotions for Putumayo World Music in South Africa from 2007 to 2009.
NEILL DIXON (CA)
PRESIDENT – CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
PAUL SHAVER (CA)
PRESIDENT-CANADIAN MUSICAL REPRODUCTION RIGHTS AGENCY LTD
PATRICK ROGERS (CA)
CEO MUSIC CANADA
PIERRE-LOUIS PINEL (CA)
CANADIAN ARTS COUNCIL
As a child, Pierre-Louis toured across Canada with a musical troupe that recorded 14 albums and went on to a be a national television series. He also worked in radio as host for an early morning jazz program before joining the team at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. While at the jazz festival, Pierre-Louis programmed the world music series. He also programmed the music stage at Ottawa’s children’s theatre festival. In 2007, Pierre-Louis began working at the Canada Council for the Arts as a Program Officer in the Music Section. He is currently a Program Officer in the Arts Across Canada and Arts Abroad programs. The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder. The Council’s grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments contribute to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and support its presence across Canada and abroad. The Council’s investments foster greater engagement in the arts among Canadians and international audiences.
RICARDO DA COSTA (SA)
DIRECTOR – SOULCANDI
SARAH HASHAM (CA)
VICE-PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AT MUSIC CANADA.
SIYA METANE (SA)
He immersed himself in the business of building his digital platform for news and videos from the music industry – but struggled with the commercial aspect of his vision. “I knew that content was in hand, but that a commercial strategy was key to the platform.” Metane established SlikourOnLife, a platform for sharing information on urban culture and music, featuring videos and interviews to give substance to the music and to musicians who may not have access to traditional platforms, and offering a more cohesive and accessible place for their videos than YouTube.
We’re creating communities that brands can plug into authentically. We’re selling what no digital agency can sell – we’re selling the truth, the culture, and we’re bringing worlds together. We create the space where talk moves from content to the brands, and we have the analytics to determine the return on investment by brands on the platform.”
Metane’s passion for music is ever the driver behind his astute and innovative business initiatives, and he thrives in the world that gives brands a voice to tell the bigger story.
SYLVESTER CHAUKE (SA)
FOUNDER: DNA BRAND ARCHITECTS
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Honors for Marketing Communication at the University of Johannesburg. In his second year of University, he took an internship at DraftFCB, working on the Vodacom and FNB accounts, among others. Between 2006 – 2010, He was the National Marketing Manager at Nandos and then in 2010, he went on to be the Director for the Marketing and Communication for MTV Networks and Africa. In 2012, Sylvester established DNA Brand Architects; a marketing and brand consultancy that works with some of the most revered brands on the continent.He is also one of the 22 young leaders from around the world to sit at the Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. His most recent achievement was the All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year award for 2017.
Other Achievements include; Mail & Guardian Top 300 Young South Africans (2009); GQ Magazine Most Influential Young Man under 35 (2009); Best Leadership Award, MTV Networks Africa (2011; Men’s Health Magazine, 20 Most Influential Men (2014); World Economic Forum Global Shapers (2011 – present); Curator of the WEF Global Shapers Johannesburg Hub (2013 – 2014) Board Member: South African State Theatre (2014 – to date), Council Member: Africa Month; Department of Arts and Culture (2015 – to date) SA Premier Business Awards, Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2015) BBQ -Young Achiever of the Year (2015), Oliver Top Empowered Young Achiever of the Year (2016)
THOMAS BECKMAN (CA)
MUSIC COMPOSER & TEACHER
Recent concert classical works consist of the ‘St Roch Suite’ premiered by the Prince George Symphony and Jude Neale (March 2019), ‘Flux’ premiered by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (April 2019), ‘Tango,’ the ‘Engine Room’ and ‘Quella’ all dedicated to and premiered by the Borealis String Quartet (June 2017, 2018 and 2019), and ‘Life in the Universe’ commissioned by H.R MacMillan Space Centre and newly released on Redshift Records.
THERESHO SELESHO (SA)
Theresho honed his skills in the live music and entertainment industry during his time at Hilltop Live where he held various positions from logistics manager, production manager, project management and ended up establishing a Sponsorship and Rights business within the group which helped commercial brands leverage the power of music events and artists to better connect with their audiences and saw huge success in building strong partnerships between, music properties and various global brands that helped in the development of the sector and all
Selesho has produced several key national events, stage productions, facilitated international cultural exchanges with various cultural desks with partnerships across Europe. These programs include the development and execution of strategies to help artists and production crews connect with their counter parts in festival environments with the main aim being the exchange of skills, knowledge and showcasing for to new markets. Theresho currently hold several leadership positions, which include being a CEO an entertainment business called Matchbox LIVE, which owns the OppiKoppi Festival, DRUMBeat Festival, Alchemy Festival, The Rhythm, and several other music properties. He is also a co-owner of the ABE, which is a mix use space in the heart of the City of Tshwane, The African Beer Emporium hosts several music and cultural events, from TEDxPretoria, creative workshops, showcases and other lifestyle events that form part of inner-city development program which is being driven by a network of entrepreneurs and property developers within the city.
VINCENT DEGIORGIO (CA)
CEO: CUMBA MUSIC PUBLISHING
WISEMAN QINANI NGUBO (SA)