Langa Mbonambi (of We Will Worship) is hosting at Song Writing Workshop at Every Nation in Rosebank, Johannesburg on Saturday 25th May. The workshop runs from 9am – 3pm and costs R150pp. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheer Music Publishing represents 4111 South African songwriters and 198 from the rest of the Continent. Music publishing represents songwriters (and their songs) while music labels represent artists (and their recordings). Sheer Music Publishing takes no upfront fees, but rather a percentage of income in line with the writers’ earnings. Ray White (in for Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show) interviewed Sheer Music Publishing Managing Director David Alexander for the “ShapeShifter” feature.
CEO David Alexander Meets Sonacam (Cameroon) Collecting Management Organization during Midem African Forum in Douala.
The Midem Africa forum was an eye opener to the music stakeholders who attended, a lot of emphases was focussed on the Cameroon music industry. Since it was a forum, it was a mix with an older as well as a new generation of music creators and some of the sessions were quite heated as attendees tried to make their voices heard.
The fact that there is a huge problem within the Cameroon music sector that needs to be addressed, revamped and restructured. The Midem Africa forum brought in experts who understood the African music ecosystem and how it can get better by connecting and developing other industry that needs to be upgraded to meet up with the present fast rising African music scene.
Notwithstanding the fact that there is a huge problem with the Cameroon music sector that needs to be revamped and restructured. Never the less the Midem Africa forum brought in experts who understood the African music ecosystem and how it can get better by connecting and developing other industry that needs to be upgraded to meet up with the present fast rising African music scene.
With the presence of Sheer Publishing Africa CEO, one of Africa’s dynamic publishing companies. The Cameroon collective right society will gain a lot from this bridge that was established between Cameroon and South Africa.
Africa is the future of global music and with a company like sheer publishing connecting various industry stakeholders to develop an Africa, music ecosystem is a great endeavor that we are on the right track for a new dawn in the Cameroon music industry growth.
We appreciate the Midem Africa forum for bringing the experts into Cameroon for us to tapped innovative knowledge in moving the Cameroon music industry forward.
1. How did you get into the music industry? Well I’ve just barely entered but I’m making progress due to the biggest factors I’ve discovered, which are good vibes, good music, and good talent.
2. How has your sound and persona transformed over the course of your career? My sound has become more diverse and refined as lots of time spent on the craft has given me a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t.
3. What has been the defining moment in your career? The realization that being honest, kind and hardworking are just as important as the quality of the music. Also, People need people. Isolation cannot work as everything has a symbiotic relationship with something else. This is just one of those things that nature kinda wants.
4. Who has been the biggest influence on your career? Each couple of months there is someone new. I could be listening to Justin Bieber, for a whole six months then I would find myself listening to Jacob Collier and Thomas Newman for the rest of the year. Pop music and Film score music are the biggest genres for me at the moment.
5. Have you got any releases coming up? I have something commercial brewing up with Chad Da Don, AirDee, Priddy Ugly and Sheer’s very own Cassidy Shear.
What’s your name? Setshaba “Space Save Logic” Phalane
Where do you come from? Pretoria
How long have you been composing? 8 years
What is your creative process?How do you start creating a beat? / How do you start writing lyrics to a beat? I start with creating a melody on FL Studio and then add the drum pattern. I like making words rhyme whilst making a beat and then once I have an idea I export the beat and record the vocals.
What made you chose a career in this field? I love making music.
Did you do any courses for your career field? Yes, Audio technology at the Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE).
What advice can you give to aspiring composers? Don’t give up, keep working on your craft and there’s always something new to learn.
Which other composer’s or artists have you worked with? TTGO, 25k, Deep$
What has been the highlight of your career? Sharing stages with big names like AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, SJAVA
Artists, writers and publishers march over Copyrights Amendment Bill - YouTube
The General Secretary of the Trade Union for Musicians of South Africa, Gabriel le Roux, has handed over a memorandum of demands to Deputy Finance Minister Mondli Gungubele in Cape Town. Earlier a group of artists, writers and publishers marched in Cape Town to highlight their unhappiness about a certain section of the Copyrights Amendment Bill.
Kenyan collective management organizations (CMOs) and music streaming platform Songa this week signed an agreement that will see creators’ streaming rates increase by 10%.
Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) chairperson Japheth Kasanga told Music In Africa that the agreement would favour the 8 000 Kenyan artists registered on the streaming service, and called the move a significant step towards providing a sustainable revenue stream for all music creators and rights holders.
“Before this latest agreement, Songa had previously been signing out artists individually, paying them 30% of the net profit garnered,” Kasanga said. “But with this new agreement, the CMOs have used their huge bargaining power to push for a 10% increase from 30% to 40% with a gradual increase of 5% or 6% depending on the market state.”
While it is clear that the economics of streaming for all artists is likely to receive a welcome boost from the new agreement, Kasanga says the transparency that comes with the new royalty collection and distribution regime will also help.
“We are starting on a clean slate,” he said. “The CMOs are now required to issue a joint licence, which will ensure transparency. As MCSK chairperson, I bring with me a huge experience in managing CMOs.
“I am one of the founders of PRISK [Performers Rights Society of Kenya] and KAMP [Kenya Association of Music Producers]. Artists have never raised any serious concerns about these two CMOs. I plan to use my knowledge garnered from training on copyright and CMO managements to put proper structures in the MCSK and regain the full trust of all of our 15 000 members.”