Music musos come together at Moshito

2012-05-11 00:00

THE Music Conference and Exhibition (Moshito) is now in its ninth year, and once again the South Africa music event will pull together industry leaders, professionals and artists to talk business, explore opportunities and build relationships.

The worldwide music industry is rethinking its business strategy, both locally and internationally, and to this end Moshito is hosting a collaboration with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (Eunic). Engaging with the Conference organisers, Eunic will identify and invite European participants to form a panel with its African counterparts to participate in the Moshito 2012 programme.

“Obviously, there is already a great deal of interaction between African and European musicians, music entrepreneurs and other actors on the music scene, but we believe that Eunic’s support of the Moshito Music Conference will extend the opportunities for networking, collaboration and business partnerships between the two regions,” said Wayne Harper from Eunic.

Other partnerships include aligning Moshito 2012 with the South Africa French Season, which will see collaborations and performances between and with South African and French artists, as well as supporting speakers.

Moshito 2012 continues to build on the relationship established with Jamaica in 2011, creating cultural and business exchanges between South Africa, Africa and the Caribbean. To celebrate Jamaica’s jubilee, Moshito 2012 intends to host some of the country’s most prolific and iconic reggae artists.

Moshito 2012 joins with Reunion’s Indian Ocean Music Market (Iomma) in an exchange of opportunities between artists and professionals of the Indian Ocean and those from Europe, Australia, the United States and Asia. A South African delegation will be attending the event this month, with Moshito hosting an Iomma/Reunion Island delegation in September.

— Gig Guide Reporter.

• CALL FOR ARTISTS

With these international partnerships, Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition boasts an ideal platform for artists to network and showcase their work. This year, the introduction of day

showcases provides a stage for up-and-coming bands, while professional evening showcases will take place at a number of

venues in the Newtown area.

Visit www.moshito.co.za for more

information and details.

• ryan@ryancalder.co.za

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