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Rocky Dawuni To Speak In Kenya On Music And His Artistic Journey.

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International music icon and humanitarian activist, Rocky Dawuni has been billed for a program titled “Music and Chai” with Rocky Dawuni which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 9,2019 at Broiche,the Alchemist in Nairobi.

Music and Chai is an intimate afternoon-tea event, hosted by Sadz Ibrahim and the goal of this event is to educate the young and upcoming musicians about the value of failures and breaking the stereotype of overnight success in the music industry.

Rocky Dawuni is expected to thrill fans with his usual top-notch live performance and also share insights on music and his artistic journey.

The Ghanaian who currently lives in Los Angeles is one of the known and respected musicians in Ghana, Africa and many parts of the world due to his exceptional song writing skills, energetic performances and his humanitarian activism.

Rocky Dawuni calls his style of music ‘Afro roots’ which is the combination of Raggae, Afrobeat and Ghanaian indegineous music, highlife.

Rocky Dawuni has recorded seven full-length albums by 2019. In 2015, his sixth studio album titled ‘Branches of The Same Tree’ was nominated at world most reputable music awards scheme, Grammys as the Best Reggae Album of the year.

His stature as a cultural diplomat and successful melding of music and activism have led him to become a spokesperson for various global causes. He is now a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Africa for UN Environment and also a Global Ambassador for the UN Foundation’s Clean Cooking Alliance alongside actress Julia Roberts and Chef José Andrés.

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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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“ACCES 2019 Launched, Artistes Will Receive Start-ups To Show Off Their Clout. – Eddie Hatitye

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, (www.georgerbritton.com) - Ghana will be the third African country to host the prestigious trade event, ACCES Conference, after Dakar and Nairobi welcomed delegates from around the world in 2017 and 2018 respectively, after the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) officially launched and announced Accra as the host city for the 2019 edition of the pan-African music conference.

The pan-African music conference was officially launched at the Ghana Academy of the Arts & Sciences on 23rd November, 2019 with the main event slated for 28th - 30th November, 2019 at the Ghana Academy of the Arts & Sciences . The launch garnered the presence of notable Ghanaian media personalities, stakeholders and representatives of the Music In Africa Foundation, Eddie Hatitye (Director, Music In Africa Foundation and ACCES), Jens Cording (Senior Projects Manager at Siemens Stieftung), Heike Friesel (Direcotr, Goethe-Institute), Mark Okraku Mantey.

Speaking to stakeholders during the launch, Director, Music In Africa Foundation and ACCES, Eddie Hatitye revealed that, the two days inspiring panel discussions will be addressing major industry related topics; from intellectual property management challenges and opportunities, to the recording and distribution industries changing environment, collaborations between the European and African markets and alternative plartforms and circuits for African music.

He added that, this year's event will witness major music icons from Africa and the Diaspora, including local stars Samini, Efya and Sarkodie, as well as UK Rapper and entrepreneur, Sway Dasafo and Nigerian heavyweight, Banky W. taking part in ACCES conversations series to share experience, projects and perspectives on the transformations of the African and global music industry.

Mr. Hatitye also revealed that, Aspiring and established producers will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops with top music producers, engineers and composers who will share their expertise on music production and composing for films. Curated networking sessions will also enable al delegates to connect, exchange and explore collaborations. Pitch sessions, a new curated platform, is offered to international and local music innovators, to present their ground breaking services, products and projects.

ACCES 3 nights music showcases will given everyone a chance to discover amazing talent from the continent, with emphasis on the emerging musicians. For the first time this year, ACCES is set to include musicians from the Diaspora as part of their partnership with the Reeperbahn Festival - Germany's largest music platform based in Hamburg.

Showcases will include performances by the likes of Yaa Yaa (Ghana), FOKN Bois (Ghana), Santrofi (Ghana), Arka'n (Togo), Mookmba (Zimbabwe), Sibusile Xaba (South Africa) and Songhoy Blues (UK/Mali), Lucia de Carvalho (France/Angola/Brazil) and Gato Preto (Germany/Ghana/Mozambique)

ACCES 2019 will open with a ceremony on 28 November where the MIAF will award a Ghanaian musician with the Music In Africa Honorary Award. The award is bestowed upon African artists who have made immense contributions to the music and cultural industries in their countries and Africa as a whole.

Previous award recipients include Baaba Maal (Senegal) and Eric Wainaina (Kenya), both of whom were also ACCES keynote speakers. In addition, the conference will feature panel discussions, presentations, interactive exhibitions, speed networking sessions and outings to key industry hubs in the host city such as recording studios and live venues, among many other activities.

ACCES 2019 will also give Ghana-based and West African artists, start-ups and various industry service providers the ideal platform to show off their clout. This year we will further refine our programme; we want to see more and more success stories emerging with every newly held ACCES conference and we believe creating bridges is one of the best ways to do that."

Last year's ACCES was held at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi where about 1 000 delegates from more than 40 countries gathered to exchange ideas, discover new talent and shape the continent's music sector.

ACCES 2018 also saw the participation of 70 regional and international artists who showcased on two stages in front of industry movers and shakers as well as future collaborators. This year, ACCES is planning a similar programme of showcases in Accra and has already published a call for applications directed at artists who would like to be considered for a slot at the conference.

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