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Music shows to liven up Moshito's conference

By unknown | Sep 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

The yearly music gathering Moshito, which begins at Newtown's Museum Africa today until Saturday, is doing it differently this time around.

Parallel to the music conference will be performances by up-and-coming musicians in venues around Newtown.

The performances are sponsored by the South African Music Rights Organisation (Samro).

Samro will host the free music showcases at Niki's Oasis and Cappellos.

From tonight, the public can check out hot music talent at this development initiative aimed at highlighting up-and-coming musicians. Tonight and tomorrow's gigs kick off at 6.30pm and Friday's performances start at 7.30pm.

In action at Cappellos tonight are MB, My Man and Amandla. Molly and Zulu Boy join Amandla and MB tomorrow night and DJ Buttons, Nemza, My Man, Molly and Zulu Boy all perform on Friday night.

At Niki's Oasis tonight, African Jazz Giants, Paseka and Colours of Africa are on stage while tomorrow night it's the turn of D'Tonic Momentum, Movement, Mkatakata Afro Jazz and Colours of Africa. Friday night features Paseka, Colours of Africa, African Jazz Giants, Movement and Mkatakata Afro Jazz.

Samro has recently been fully accredited as a collection society for the administration of Needletime rights in South Africa.

Needletime is a new royalty system whereby music performers, vocalists, recording artists, instrumentalists and record companies are remunerated for public performances, including the broadcast of their recorded material.

The new accreditation means that Samro now provides a one-stop service enabling performers and composers to collect royalties for performances and recordings as their "repertoire" of rights administration now includes performance rights, mechanical rights and needletime rights.

Legendary Bee Gee Robin Gibb, who is the president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (Cisac), of which Samro is a prominent member, has emphasised the value of collection societies, saying that they give artists the space they need to create.

Samro's Endowment for the National Arts (Sena) last month awarded overseas scholarship awards to two brilliant young South African instrumentalists.

Sena will have a joint stand with Mmino, the South African-Norwegian Music Cooperation initiative that funds music projects in the country.

The stand will be focusing on music education and visitors will be able to obtain valuable information and advice on where they can go to study music - formally or informally in South Africa.


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