The 2019 New music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) ended on 30 November, with delegates calling the function a resounding achievements. The tunes convention hosted hundreds of delegates from throughout Africa and close to the planet, who traveled to Accra, Ghana, for a few action-packed times of networking, exhibitions, shows, workshops, showcases and panel discussions.
An initiative of the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), ACCES is one particular of the continent’s biggest songs company occasion that goes to a diverse African metropolis every single calendar year to foster partnerships and new small business connections involving music business specialists this kind of as musicians, expertise administrators, festival organisers, record label executives, electronic distributors, media practitioners, and numerous other individuals.
The Accra celebration was the third of its variety following ACCES Dakar, Senegal, and Nairobi, Kenya in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
This year’s conference opened at the Alliance Française Accra on November 28, with the Music In Africa Honorary Award presentation ceremony, which compensated homage to Ghanaian new music legends, Bibie Brew and Ebo Taylor. The award is specified out by the MIAF on an yearly basis and recognises the superb contributions of notable musicians to their dwelling country’s market and that of Africa as a full. Past recipients contain Baaba Maal (Senegal, 2017) and Eric Wainaina (Kenya, 2018).
Following accepting his Honorary Award at this year’s ACCES, the 83-yr-aged Taylor went on to execute his evergreen common Adore and Demise, alongside the Saltpond City Band and with the aid of American tutorial, musician and conference speaker Mark LeVine (US). Taylor’s brief efficiency signaled the start of the conference’s showcases, with Yaa Yaa (Ghana), Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife (Ghana), Songhoy Blues (British isles/Mali) and Arka’n (Togo) entertaining a glowing ACCES viewers just before bringing to a near a unforgettable opening night.
Far more showcases that includes musical acts from across the African continent and diaspora also took position on 29 and 30, at the Gold Coast Hub and Alliance Française respectively. Other showcasing artists at ACCES 2019 included Gato Preto (Germany/Ghana/Mozambique), Lúcia de Carvalho (France/Angola), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Sibusile Xaba (South Africa), Bholoja (eSwatini), Santrofi(Ghana), FOKN Bois (Ghana), Cina Soul (Ghana) and FRA! (Ghana). Songhoy Blues, Gato Preto, and Lúcia de Carvalho were offered at ACCES by Reeperbahn Festival Worldwide.
The conference also hosted instructive shows and panel conversations exactly where top rated new music experts and teachers enlightened the audience about the background and growth of highlife music and the musical treasures of a Kenyan refugee camp and debated pertinent audio industry topics this sort of as the streaming era, the recording and distribution industries, effective mental property administration, Africa’s option music platforms, and the possible of Afro-European new music current market collaborations ‒ all taking area at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences’ most important auditorium.
In addition, the academy played host to ACCES’ popular Discussion collection showcasing Ghanaian superstars Sarkodie, Efya and Samini, as nicely as worldwide guests Sway Dasafo (United kingdom) and Skales (Nigeria), who spoke about their qualified knowledge as recording artists and gave guidance to impending musicians searching to crack into the music business.
Extra information and knowledge was even more shared with the ACCES delegates through the conference’s free workshops, which explored new music output essentials and composing audio for film, whilst a workshop that began about a week prior to the get started of the trade party educated 8 gals in stage administration.
The workshop, built achievable by way of a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund, is portion of Music In Africa Gender@Perform − a three-year programme aimed at upskilling and rising the participation of feminine industry experts in the African tunes sector.
This yr, the exhibition area at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was a hive of action with ACCES’ Pitch Sessions offering a extremely dynamic factor to proceedings. Listed here startups and services suppliers in the songs field obtained the perfect opportunity to current their ideas to an viewers of potential partners, collaborators, customers, and funders. Pitchers were provided 10 minutes to existing their concept or assistance, solution queries and get responses.
The conference also hosted for the to start with time the Exhibitor Hub, a tech-oriented area in which providers and organisations promoted their products and solutions and companies. Hub exhibitors involved the Worldwide Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), which offered its Global Collections Report for 2018, as effectively as Voice of The us, Boomplay Music, Ditto Audio, Aftown and the Calendar year of Return.
Concurrently, a speed networking session, created to speed up trade and establish new partnerships, observed a focused networking space at the academy teeming with delegates who obtained to satisfy a diligently curated group of networkers symbolizing the a variety of areas of the new music business.
The next edition of ACCES will consider location in 2020 in a nonetheless to be declared African town.
A pan-African trade event for audio business gamers to trade ideas, find out new talent and create company linkages, ACCES is held in a diverse African metropolis every year, attracting active audio business players from throughout the world.
ACCES 2019 was organised by the Music In Africa Foundation, a non-earnings and pan-African organisation, in partnership and with the aid of Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, Reeperbahn Pageant Worldwide, Alliance Française, BMG, Media Seem Hamburg, the Multimedia Group, Africa Art Strains, Afrikayna, the Gold Coast Hub, the Calendar year of Return, the Prince Claus Fund and the ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Company for Advancement and Cooperation (SDC).
The organisers this calendar year partnered with Reeperbahn Pageant – just one of the most crucial meeting places for the music marketplace around the globe and Europe’s premier club festival dependent in Hamburg, Germany. The partnership created a framework for the pageant to collaborate with ACCES in facilitating sustainable enterprise engagements and trade amongst European and African audio corporations and gurus, as nicely as the provision of functionality possibilities to musicians in both equally territories.