Nine artists from the continent, six of which are from South Africa, are among the first wave of Showcasing Artists on the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2020 line-up. AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto, Nadia Nakai and Moonchild Sanelly will be representing South Africa in the festival which takes place in Austin, Texas annually. Nigeria’s Simi and Lady Donli and Lesotho’s Morena Leraba are also on the line-up of showcasing artists, which consists of artists from 51 countries.
James Minor, Head of Music Festival at SXSW said: “This season’s first artist reveal is a compelling and diverse list of artists from all corners of the globe. In the continued spirit of discovery, we’re pleased to give the world a glimpse of what it can expect to see next March; a genre-spanning and defying lineup of artists you’ll undoubtedly be hearing about in the future.”
The first wave of African artists is a great mixture of mainstream and niche artists, and it’s highly likely to get even better with more artists being added in the near future before the festival takes place. SXSW is taking place in Austin, TX between March 16 and 22.
The 288 Showcasing Artists announced today span 51 countries and include UK Afrobeat octet Kokoroko; 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson; Dirty Hit signing and soon-to-be indie rock darling Beabadoobee; South Korean K-Pop singer and BTS, Exo and Red Velvet producer/collaborator SUMIN; introspective Atlanta rapper GRIP; Ghostly International’s moody Melbourne-based minimal dub-influenced electronic duo HTRK.
Psychedelic Afro-Columbian futurists Ghetto Kumbé; buzzy Irish post-rock shoegazers Just Mustard, Houston gospel/soul/funk group The Jones Family Singers; former Throwing Muses singer/guitarist Kristin Hersh; Indigenous Australian rapper Baker Boy; Norwegian unhinged pop act and new Bella Union signing Pom Poko; The Weather Girls’ Martha Wash (yes, the same one from “It’s Raining Men”); rising Columbian latin-urban artist Nanpa Básico; and the Robert Smith-approved Icelandic darkwave trio Kælan Mikla.
South by Southwest (abbreviated as SXSW and colloquially referred to as South By) is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987 and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. In 2017, the conference lasted for 10 days with the interactive track lasting for five days, music for seven days, and film for nine days.
SXSW is run by the company SXSW, LLC which organizes conferences, trade shows, festivals, and other events. In addition to the three main South by Southwest festivals, the company runs other conferences: SXSW EDU, a conference on educational innovation, held in Austin, and the me Convention (Started in 2017), held in Frankfurt, Germany, in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. Former conferences run by the SXSW organization were SXSW Eco, an environmental conference held in Austin from 2011 to 2016; and one in Las Vegas: SXSW V2V, a conference focused on innovative startups which ran from 2013 to 2015.
The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.
The SXSW Music Festival invites artists, industry professionals, and fans from all over the world to Austin, Texas for a week every March to attend performances by iconic artists, make professional connections, elevate their musical careers, and discover the next wave of musical talent and SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technology. The festival includes a trade show, speakers, parties, and a startup accelerator.
Growing from a one-night celebration of comedy’s biggest names into a week-long whirlwind of a festival, the SXSW Comedy Festival presents uniquely diverse programming that highlights exceptional emerging and established talent. SXSW Festivals offer a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of Film, Music, and Comedy with parties, awards, screenings, and showcases.
View the current line-up here.
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DJ Lord Hosts GTUC Akwaaba Night 2019.
DJ Lord made the Ghana Technology University College come alive when he partnered with the school to host this year’s ‘Akwaaba Night’.
The event came off on Friday, November 8, at the campus of the Ghana Technology University College.
Together with the school’s Students Representative Council (SRC), DJ Lord hosted some of Ghana’s finest artistes at the event.
According to DJ Lord, who is an old student of GTUC, the event was ‘a way of giving back to an institution that aided with [his] grooming’.
There were performances from Guru, Sister Derby, Article Wan, Kofi Mole and Kojo Manuel served as MC.
Patrons of the event had an unforgettable moment when DJ Lord treated the them to all the trendy songs in Ghana.
Students could be seen dancing, jumping and cheering DJ Lord for his exceptional skills.
Check out highlights of the event below:
George Quaye Wins ‘Best Producer/Event Planner’ Award.
Communications Manager and Head of Productions at Charterhouse Ghana Ltd, George Quaye, is currently in the United Arab Emirates, for the World Changers Summit, being held at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Dubai.
George, renowned for his expertise in event planning and production has also been awarded as the Wold Changers Summit’s ‘Best Producer/Event Planner’.
He would also be admitted as a member of the World Changers Summit.
The World Changers Summit is organized by Charisma University and the American International Theology University.
It aims to give global recognition to innovative business leaders as it brings first-class entrepreneurs, prominent Chief Executives and Government officials together.
The Summit also is geared at enhancing the lives of top business executives and professionals.
It is to help members enhance great ideas which will promote long term partnership and facilitate progressive growth within respective industries.
Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Others To Perform At The 2019 MVAs.
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA - A legion of Ghanaian mainstream (A-List) recording and performing artiste will be entertaining a host of patrons at the 10th installment of MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards.
Slated for 16th November, 2019 at the Kempinski Gold Coast City hotel, the event will witness performances from Grammy award nominee; Stonebwoy, BET Hip Pop Award winner; Sarkodie, controversial dancehall artiste; Shatta Wale, Rapper Kwaw Kese, R2Bees. They will be supported by DarkoVibes, Wendy Shay, Medikal, RJZ, Quamina MP and Lord Paper.
Celebrating a decade since its inception, the awards night promises to leave remarkable memory on the minds of patrons, as the enlisted performers are poised for action with their undiluted talent.
4syte TV over the years since the installment of the award scheme has encouraged more artistes to invest heavily in the production of their music videos. This has resulted in the delivery of excellent videos by some of these artistes and has as such raised the bar in the scope of music videos in the country. The awards event is to reward creativity in the production of music videos released between 2018 and 2019.
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MOBO Awards To Return In 2020 After Hiatus.
The MOBO Awards, a U.K. award show which honors "music of black origin" (hence the name), are set to return following a two-year hiatus. The awards, which are the U.K. equivalent of the BET Awards or the Soul Train Music Awards, date to 1996.
The next show is set for Nov. 12, 2020 at London's SSE Arena Wembley. The awards were last presented in November 2017. In 2018, organizers announced that the ceremony would take a one-year hiatus in order to plan a "bigger, revamped show" in 2019. It stretched to two.
In a statement, MOBO founder Kanya King said, "We are returning with even more determination and energy to support and boost our culture wherever we can. 2020 will see many positive changes that will impact more and more talented young people -- very proud to be back and to help ensure that the younger generation will also dare to dream."
The 2020 show would have been the show's 25th anniversary show. Because of the missed shows, it will be the 23rd. It will be the first time the MOJOs have been held in London since 2014. A statement promises, "Having taken the ceremony to Leeds, Glasgow and Liverpool in previous years, we’re heading home in 2020."
King launched the MOBO awards to establish a platform for a broad range of black music styles, including urban, hip hop, R&B and reggae. The show has also honored grime, jazz, gospel and African music. The MOBOs now frame their show as a "celebration of British urban talent."
The MOBOs have drawn criticism for honoring too many American artists. 50 Cent won both best album and best single in 2003. Other American best album winners are Usher, Alicia Keys and Kanye West. Other American best single winners are BeBe Winans (as a featured artist on Eternal's "I Wanna Be the Only One"), Destiny's Child, Beyonce and Ne-Yo.
The show has also stirred controversy by awarding white artists on occasion. Sam Smith, for example, won both best album and best single in 2014.
In 2003, a boycott effort emerged after Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera won for Best R&B act and best video respectively. (Aguilera won for "Dirrty" featuring Redman.) The Independent described the wins as being the result of the "white appropriation of black music." A MOBO spokesperson defended the artists' nominations, stating that the awards were designed to honor achievements in music of black origin, regardless of the ethnicity of their performers.
Other major winners at the MOBO Awards include Jessie J, who won both best album and best single in 2011, and Gabrielle, JLS and Krept & Konan, who won in both caegories, but not in the same year.
It's unusual for an awards show to take a hiatus and return, but it has happened before. The BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, were founded in 1977 and returned, following a four-year hiatus, in 1982. In the U.S., the Billboard Music Awards took a four-year hiatus from 2007 to 2010, but managed to regain their footing.
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