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Cultural activist and film development consultant Basil Dube's star keeps on rising.
The board of directors of the Memphis Black Writers' Conference (BWC) and Southern Film Festival in the US appointed Dube director of the South African marketing of BWC International with effect from February 1.
Dube is a film development consultant and music promoter with extensive experience in the South African cultural industry.
He has worked for the Gauteng arts and culture department, Musicians Union of South Africa and Drakensberg Promotions. Some of the major projects he co-organised include the World Cricket Jazz Festival, Tribute To South African Heroes Concert, Freedom Concert and the Kaya FM 8th Birthday Concert.
Dube is secretary of the Johannesburg chapter of the South African Music Promoter (Sampa) and was groomed by well-known music promoter Sam Mhangwani.
In January, Dube was accepted to the board of the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas). He founded the Soweto Film and Writers Association (SFWA) and is project director of the Soweto Writers and Film Festival, to be launched next year.
"I feel extremely honoured and excited to be appointed to this international position.
"I'm particularly delighted by the fact that I'm now in a better position to promote South African artists and filmmakers abroad.
"The BWC festival is a prestigious and historic event in the US that brings African-Americans together to celebrate the arts and black heritage," says Dube.
Dube has been invited to be the guest of honour and speaker at this year's Memphis Black Writers and Southern Film Festival. The festival will take place from April 24 to 26 in Memphis.