Dear SAMRO Member
Welcome to another edition of the Beat Bulletin. We are speedily approaching winter, waking up to chilly mornings and braving the icy evening wind. But worry not, for in this issue we have hot news and interviews that will be sure to fire up your mood and keep you warm.
KZN, are you ready? The latest leg of the SAMRO CEO Music Industry Roundtable discussion will be held in the fun-loving city of eThekwini on Friday, 19 May 2017. We hope members and aspiring musicians alike will gather at the Durban Playhouse to take part in the information-sharing session and engage with our expert panelists on industry matters.
Young Mzansi folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla, who is readying to release his second album, “Mangaliso”, has undergone tremendous growth since his debut five years ago. In this interview, he talks about the music industry and what it took for him to get to where he is.
We look in depth at “The Mornings”, the debut album of 2014 SAMRO Songwriter of the Year nominee Josh Kempen. The album makes the listener feel like they are taking a whirlwind trip across the world, or listening to a truncated audio version of this young indie musician’s personal journal.
We also have a quick chat with house music hitmaker Prince Kaybee, who has proven that small-town roots needn’t stand in the way of big-time ambition. After winning the top prize on the second season of SABC1 talent show “1’s and 2’s”, the Free State-born DJ hasn’t looked back. Spending a moment with us, he shares his plans of wanting to give back to the community by mentoring aspiring musicians in his home province.
Royalty collecting societies play a crucial role in the collection and distribution of music royalties. They also protect the intellectual property of music creators. If you are a recording artist or a studio producer who makes a performing contribution to a recorded performance, then you need to read about POSA and SAMPRA. These two collecting societies oversee the administration and distribution of Needletime Rights royalties.
Lastly, we have a great line-up of music events happening around the country in the next few weeks that you can indulge in. Remember: buy legal, buy original and support South African music.
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