Concerts SA names recipients

2016-06-01 06:00
                                                     PHOTO: Reatile Moalusi Sibusile Xaba is one of the recipients of Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund.

PHOTO: Reatile Moalusi Sibusile Xaba is one of the recipients of Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund.

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THE Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund, which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake tours across southern Africa, announced that 22 tours will be supported this year.

Thus far, the fund has supported over 250 artists and close to 100 tours across southern Africa, from Cape Town to Tanzania.

Tours selected for support in this round cover a wide range of music expressions.

Recipients for regional touring are The City, Yeoville Radio, Ildo Nandja, Native Young, Black South Easter, UCT Ibuyambo Orchestra and Salim Washington.

Recipients of the national touring fund are Conroy Cupido, Rowan Stuart, Mezzanine Floor, Shane Cooper’s Skyjack, Saxit Quartet, Sibot, Ernie Smith, Concord Nkabinde, Taxi Violence, Fifi the Rai Blaster, Titi Luzipo, Mageshen Naidoo, Ariel Zamonsky, Oscar Rachabane and Joel Karabo Elliot.

The Music Mobility Fund received 92 proposals from established and emerging musicians. The quality of submissions was extremely high, making the task of selecting successful applicants difficult, and final selection was based on alignment with the objectives of the Music Mobility Fund and conditions as set out in the call for proposals.

The fund is designed to help musicians, music-industry professionals and organisations build on already established domestic success, and develop connections, markets and audiences for their work. It also provides support towards travel and transportation, material costs, accommodation and visas.

Project manager of Concerts SA, Nailla Dollie, said: “Our programmes have ­contributed to building music circuits. It has also incentivised individual artists and many bands to pack their bags and tour little towns and dorpies, festivals at home and in neighbouring countries.”

The Music Mobility Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African-Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Samro Foundation.

Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Samro Foundation and Concerts Norway.

The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit in the region. It also aims to develop an appreciation of live music.

See http://concertssa.co.za or follow Concerts SA on Twitter and Facebook. - Supplied.

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