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Ghana To Host Africa’s First Ever Global SDGs Youth Summit.

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Ghana has been announced as the first Country to host the Global SDGs Youth Summit – Africa’s biggest SDGs Youth Summit.

Lead by the tireless work and Advocacy of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is also the Co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, with the mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the Advocates have been working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, to raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and to foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals.

Due to the extraordinary work and dedication by the SDGs Advisory Unit at the Office of the President, Ghana is once again writing history as the first country to host the Global SDGs Youth Summit. Over a 1000 young people from 25 countries will be in attendance alongside some of the most prominent youth speakers and activists from across the world.

At the GLOBAL SDGS YOUTH SUMMIT, the sole focus is to activate young people to contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The platform embraces young people’s diversity in all its forms. Together with partners around the world, the event is vested in ensuring that youth develop the leadership, technical, and global citizenry skills needed for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, change-makers, and leaders, the events and its related initiatives are catalysts for change. The Summit is guided by all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Head of Global Operations, Amb. Kwame A.A Opoku remarked “Our mission is to empower and connect young leaders and change-makers from across the continent to strive together to create a sustainable world free of war, oppression, exclusion, and poverty. Through a global network, programs, action, we are harnessing the power of collaboration as a catalyst for greater understanding, shared learning, and sustainable action with a regional focus on the SDGs.”

According to the Head of Global Strategies and Ambassador for Tourism, Arts & Culture Matthew Mensah, young people need to be empowered towards the achievement of the SDGs. “Provided with the necessary toolsets, opportunities and support, young people will be a driving force in not only reversing the Climate decline but also achieving the United Nations SDGs by 2030 and the African Union 2030 Agenda” he added.

The event is in partnership with the SDGs Advisory Unit at the Office of the President, Reset Global People, Global Health PR, AWAKE, Ghana Tourism Authority, Visit Ghana, Year of Return, GIPC, Youth Employment Agency, University of Ghana, Azania Chamber of Commerce and Global Media Alliance and DDP.

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ACCES 2019 Ends On A High Note.

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The Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) concluded on 30 November with delegates calling the event a resounding success. Music In Africa Foundation chairperson Maimouna Dembélé, Bibie Brew, Ebo Taylor and the foundation's former chairperson, Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse, during the Music In Africa Honorary Award presentation ceremony. Photo: Paul Addo

ACCES 2019 hosted hundreds of delegates from across Africa and around the world who travelled to Accra, Ghana, for three action-packed days of networking, exhibitions, presentations, workshops, showcases and panel discussions.

Organised by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), ACCES is the continent’s biggest music business event that goes to a different African city every year to foster partnerships and new business connections between music industry professionals such as artists, talent managers, festival organisers, record label executives, digital distributors, media practitioners and many others.

The Accra event was the third of its kind after ACCES was held in Dakar, Senegal, and Nairobi, Kenya in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Music In Africa Honorary Award and showcases

ACCES 2019 kicked off at Alliance Française Accra on 28 November with the Music In Africa Honorary Award presentation ceremony, which paid homage to Ghanaian music legends Bibie Brew and Ebo Taylor. The award is given out by the MIAF on an annual basis and recognises the outstanding contributions of notable musicians to their home country’s industry and that of Africa as a whole. Previous recipients include Baaba Maal (Senegal, 2017) and Eric Wainaina (Kenya, 2018).

After accepting his Honorary Award at this year’s ACCES, the 83-year-old Taylor went on to perform his evergreen classic ‘Love and Death’ alongside the Saltpond City Band and with the help of American academic, musician and conference speaker Mark LeVine (US).

Taylor’s short performance signalled the start of the conference’s showcases, with Yaa Yaa (Ghana), Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife (Ghana), Songhoy Blues (UK/Mali) and Arka’n (Togo) entertaining a glowing ACCES audience before bringing to a close a memorable opening night.

More showcases featuring musical acts from across the African continent and diaspora also took place on 29 and 30 November 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 presented at ACCES by Reeperbahn Festival International.

Knowledge factory

The conference hosted informative presentations and panel discussions where top music professionals and academics enlightened the audience about the history and development of highlife music and the musical treasures of a Kenyan refugee camp, and debated pertinent music industry topics such as the streaming era, the recording and distribution industries, effective intellectual property management, Africa’s alternative music platforms, and the potential of Afro-European music market collaborations ‒ all taking place at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences’ main auditorium.

In addition, the academy played host to ACCES’ popular Conversation series featuring Ghanaian superstars Sarkodie, Efya and Samini as well as international guests Sway Dasafo (UK) and Skales (Nigeria), who spoke about their professional experience as recording artists and gave advice to upcoming musicians looking to break into the music industry.

More advice and knowledge was further shared with the ACCES delegates via the conference’s free workshops, which explored music production essentials and composing music for film, while a workshop that began about a week prior to the start of the trade event trained eight women in stage management. The workshop, made possible through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund, is part of Music In Africa Gender at Work – a three-year programme aimed at upskilling and increasing the participation of female professionals in the African music sector.

Exhibitions and networking

This year, the exhibition area at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was a hive of activity with ACCES’ Pitch Sessions providing a highly dynamic element to proceedings. Here startups and service providers in the music industry got the perfect opportunity to present their ideas to an audience of potential partners, collaborators, clients and funders. Pitchers were given 10 minutes to present their concept or service, answer questions and get feedback.

The conference also hosted for the first time the Exhibitor Hub, a tech-oriented space where companies and organisations promoted their products and services. Hub exhibitors included the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), which presented its Global Collections Report for 2018, as well as Voice of America, Boomplay Music, Ditto Music, Aftown Music and the Year of Return.

Concurrently, a speed networking session, designed to accelerate exchange and build new partnerships, saw a dedicated networking space at the academy teaming with delegates who got to meet a carefully curated group of networkers representing the various parts of the music industry.

The next edition of ACCES will take place in 2020 in a yet to be announced African city. Visit the ACCES official website for venue updates.

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About ACCES 2019

ACCES is a pan-African trade event for music industry players to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. ACCES is held in a different African city every year, attracting active music industry players from across the globe.

ACCES 2019 was organised by the Music In Africa Foundation, a non-profit and pan-African organisation, in partnership and with the support of Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, Reeperbahn Festival International, Alliance Française, BMG, Media Sound Hamburg, the Multimedia Group, Africa Art Lines, Afrikayna, the Gold Coast Hub, the Year of Return, the Prince Claus Fund and the ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

This year ACCES partnered with Reeperbahn Festival – one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide and Europe's largest club festival based in Hamburg, Germany. The partnership created a framework for the festival to collaborate with ACCES in facilitating sustainable business engagements and exchange between European and African music businesses and professionals, as well as the provision of performance opportunities to musicians in both territories.

Culled from Music In Africa.

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ACCES’19: Ebo Taylor And Bibie Brew Receive The Music In Africa Honorary Award.

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ACCES 2019 started with a bang on Thursday night when Ebo Taylor and Bibie Brew received the Music In Africa Honorary Award at Alliance Française Accra. The two Ghanaian legends join previous awardees Eric Wainaina (Kenya, 2018) and Baaba Maal (Senegal, 2017).

It was then all about the music, with Taylor showcasing authentic highlife to a glowing ACCES audience. Yaa Yaa (Ghana), Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife (Ghana), Songhoy Blues (UK/Mali), and Arka’n (Togo) were next to entertain, bringing to a close a memorable opening night at ACCES 2019.

The award, courtesy of the Music In Africa Foundation, recognises the outstanding contributions of notable musicians to their home country’s industry and that of Africa as a whole. Previous Music In Africa Honorary Award recipients include Senegalese legend Baaba Maal and Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina, who were honoured in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

“This year, we are extremely excited to present the Music In Africa Honorary Award to Mr Ebo Taylor and Ms Bibie Brew for their inspirational work in the African music sector,” Music In Africa Foundation Maimouna Dembélé said. “Their dedication and efforts made to strengthen African musical identity is exemplary and we cannot wait to welcome them to the ACCES stage this November.”

With a music career spanning more than six decades, Ebo Taylor (born in 1936) is a significant figure in the Ghanaian music scene. He is known for playing a pivotal role in shaping highlife bands the Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band in the late 1950s. Taylor made an impact outside Ghana, especially in 1962 when he took his Black Star Highlife Band to London where he collaborated with legendary Afrobeat singer Fela Kuti and other African musicians.

Taylor has produced such top Ghanaian artists as Pat Thomas and CK Mann. He also worked with Germany-based saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff on the Love and Death album. In 2009, US singer Usher sampled Taylor’s song ‘Heaven’ for ‘She Don’t Know’ featuring Ludacris.

The award for Bibie Brew pays tribute to her illustrious work as a music mentor and an advocate for positive change in the creative sector, in addition to a music career that produced one of Africa’s biggest global hits.

A daughter of a traveling diplomat, Bibie Brew (born in 1957) earned success following the release of the French song ‘Tout Doucement’ in 1985. The song was produced by renowned French composer Jean-Paul Dréau. It was certified gold and climbed to second place on the French charts. Other songs that have defined her career include ‘J’veux pas l’savoir’ and ‘Les femmes reviennent et les hommes s’en vont’. The singer has released six albums, including Bibie (1985), Regards (1986), Tendress’moi (1988), La P’tite Black (1990), Femme d’ici ou d’ailleurs (1992) and Sereine (2003).

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ACCES’19: An Investment Opportunity For Musicians. – Akwasi Agyeman

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The CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr Akwasi Agyeman has revealed that Ghana is hosting the ACCES Music Conference in Accra to in order to attract more investment for the Year of Return 2.0, a properly engaged activity from the GTA beyond the YOR activities.

One of the main constraints to the expansion of the economic impact of tourism in Ghana is the availability of offers. This year, the Ghana Tourism Authority in its capacity has listed several events that are highly projected to boost tourism in Ghana as the West African country continues to celebrate the Year of Return.

Speaking in an interview with NetbuzzAfrica.com on #TheBuzz, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of Ghana Tourism highlighted reasons why Ghana is hosting ACCES Music Conference this week in Accra.

Currently, Ghana is focused on promoting investments and capacity building to enable the country experience the desired growth economically and ACCES is one of such events that the Ministry in partnership with the Music in Africa Foundation is using to translate its goals into success that will pave way for the Year of Return 2.0, a proposed activity beyond the Year of Return.

From Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 November 2019, several of Africa’s giant musicians in West Africa will team up with top producers and experts to share deep insights for music’s benefit.

A high-profile speakers and facilitators at ACCES 2019 conference will also see Chocolate City Vice-President Aibee Abidoye (Nigeria), Ditto Music founder and CEO Lee Parsons (UK), Airforce1 Records managing director Joe Chialo (Germany), Gallo Music Group general manager Rob Cowling (South Africa), Boulevard Festival co-director Hicham Bahou (Morocco), TRUE Africa founder and editor-in-chief Claude Grunitzky (Togo/UK), Simfy OTT music services head Oye Akideinde (Nigeria), Boomplay Ghana manager Elizabeth Ntiamoah (Ghana), Nyege Nyege Festival co-founder Derek Debru (Belgium/Uganda) and Grammy-nominated musician, author and rights activist Mark Levine (US).

Listen to Mr Agyeman on Q & A session on The Buzz below;

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ACCES’19: Ebo Taylor, Bibie Brew To Be Honored In Ghana.

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Ghanaian musicians Ebo Taylor and Bibie Brew will be honoured with the 2019 Music In Africa Honorary Award at the opening of the Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) in Accra, Ghana on 28 November, for their illustrious work as a music mentor and an advocate for positive change.

The award, courtesy of the Music In Africa Foundation, recognises the outstanding contributions of notable musicians to their home country’s industry and that of Africa as a whole. Previous Music In Africa Honorary Award recipients include Senegalese legend Baaba Maal and Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina, who were honoured in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

“This year, we are extremely excited to present the Music In Africa Honorary Award to Mr Ebo Taylor and Ms Bibie Brew for their inspirational work in the African music sector," Music In Africa Foundation Maimouna Dembélé said. "Their dedication and efforts made to strengthen African musical identity is exemplary and we cannot wait to welcome them to the ACCES stage this November.”

Bibie Brew

With a music career spanning more than six decades, Ebo Taylor (born in 1936) is a significant figure in the Ghanaian music scene. He is known for playing a pivotal role in shaping highlife bands the Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band in the late 1950s. Taylor made an impact outside Ghana, especially in 1962 when he took his Black Star Highlife Band to London where he collaborated with legendary Afrobeat singer Fela Kuti and other African musicians.

Taylor has produced such top Ghanaian artists as Pat Thomas and CK Mann. He also worked with Germany-based saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff on the Love and Death album. In 2009, US singer Usher sampled Taylor's song ‘Heaven’ for ‘She Don’t Know’ featuring Ludacris.

The award for Bibie Brew pays tribute to her illustrious work as a music mentor and an advocate for positive change in the creative sector, in addition to a music career that produced one of Africa’s biggest global hits.

A daughter of a traveling diplomat, Bibie Brew (born in 1957) earned success following the release of the French song ‘Tout Doucement’ in 1985. The song was produced by renowned French composer Jean-Paul Dréau. It was certified gold and climbed to second place on the French charts. Other songs that have defined her career include ‘J'veux pas l'savoir’ and ‘Les femmes reviennent et les hommes s'en vont’. The singer has released six albums, including Bibie (1985), Regards (1986), Tendress'moi (1988), La P'tite Black (1990), Femme d'ici ou d'ailleurs (1992) and Sereine (2003).

Showcases

ACCES 2019 recently unveiled the first batch of international artists who will showcase at this year’s music conference, including Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Arka'n (Togo), Sibusile Xaba (South Africa) and Ifrikya Spirit (Algeria). They will join Ghanaian acts Yaa Yaa, Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife, FOKN Bois and FRA!

In addition to the showcases, the event will feature panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, product pitches and networking sessions, all taking place at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on 28, 29 and 30 November.

Registrations for the pan-African trade event are open and African delegates register for free.

About ACCES

ACCES is a pan-African trade event for music industry players to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. ACCES is held in a different African city every year, attracting active music industry players from across the globe.

ACCES is organised by the Music In Africa Foundation, a non-profit and pan-African organisation, in partnership and with the support of Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, Reeperbahn Festival International, Alliance Française, BMG, MediaSound Hamburg, the Multimedia Group, Africa Art Lines, Afrikayna, the Gold Coast Hub, the Year of Return, the Prince Claus Fund and the ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

This year ACCES has a partnership with Reeperbahn Festival – one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide and Europe's largest club festival based in Hamburg, Germany. The partnership creates a framework for the festival to collaborate with ACCES in facilitating sustainable business engagements and exchange between European and African music businesses and professionals, as well as the provision of performance opportunities to musicians in both territories.

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