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Midem Africa With Mr Eazi, Focalistic & Joeboy Kicks Off This Week

The first pan-African digital music event, MIDEM Africa, is taking place June 28 through July 1.

Midem, the music world's leading music business event, has announced their full programme for Midem Africa, which will be dedicated to the continent's most buzzing music markets, featuring a host of exclusive keynotes, talks and panels.

The digital event, taking place from June 28 through July 1, will be available to all free of charge.

The 4-day Midem Africa conference will include events with major artists and industry leaders like Mr Eazi discussing the Globalising Afrobeats & Empowering the Next Generation, Focalistic talking about The Global Rise of Amapiano, Joeboy hosting an exclusive chat and Warner Music executives giving their take on The Music Industry in Africa Today & Tomorrow.

OkayAfrica will be hosting our own panel discussion and Q&A alongside industry players around How To Promote Your Music in today's globalized music economy. The focus will be how artists can best stand out from the crowd through visibility, image and marketability.


"Midem Africa, just like Midem, will be the place where the world's industry leaders share their vision on the future of the music business," says Midem director Alexandre Deniot. "It's an honour to reunite the most influential local music players and their regional and international counterparts with some truly great artists."

Additional artists who will be at Midem Africa include Fally Ipupa, Youssou N'Dour, Stonebwoy, Vanessa Mdee, Nomcebo Zikode,, A'salfo, Afrikan Boy, Shekhinah, Salatiel and Tresor. Other companies presenting will are Google and data insights from MRC Data.

Check out a trailer for Midem Africa below and get registered for the free event here. You also check out view the full MIDEM Africa programme here now.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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