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Paradise Sound System Announces new gateway for Independent SA artists & Indie Africa Masterclass this January

Paradise Sound System represents an exciting new gateway for independent South African artists to showcase their live performance on a global scale – and make their live recordings available across streaming, monetisation and download platforms worldwide.

They are proud to announce that the first edition of Paradise Sound System will take place from January 28th to 30th at the legendary JazzWorx Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Their inaugural programme will feature both raw talent and select indie A-Listers – all kickstarting 2020 by tapping into new revenue streams and creating original live show content for added fan engagement across social media channels.

An important part of this one-of-a-kind initiative is a workshop that will take place during Paradise Sound System’s week-long Johannesburg run. Its aim is to address key issues currently facing independent South African artists – especially those wanting to develop a global business and explore options for untapped revenue models in 2020 and beyond.

Sign up for the workshop HERE. Space is limited. FULL IS FULL…
More information on this will be communicated to you following your registration.

International Speaker:
Ralph Boege | CEO and founder of Paradise Distribution

Paradise Distribution is an Independent company from Berlin with a worldwide set-up and label / artist clients from all over the planet. Ralph started his career in the 90s at a Record Label and a Publishing Company – in the noughties (new century) he cooperated with a Telecom Provider on shaping and selling music content to a digital and mobile target group, following a contract he signed in 2004, which was about delivering music to the iTunes store.

His vision is to combine technology and copyright, whilst respecting and highlighting the rights of the artist and controlling the Music Rights Supply Chain:
“Those who have knowledge about Music Rights + are into ‚Data Exchange’ will be able to protect the music of the artists, which is a sensitive and precious plant aka our religion.

Zakes Bantwini | Recording & Performing Artist, Label owner, UNICEF ambassador | Mayonie Productions

Known for his electrifying presence on stage, Zakes Bantwini – affectionately known as the King of Dance – is a versatile singer, producer, and songwriter with a knack for a fusion of sound that employs music from different dance genres.

This platinum selling artist strongly believes in the saying that “no man is an island.” He often collaborates and co-creates with like-minded artists to produce chart-topping tunes, such as his breakthrough collaborations with the world-renowned DJ Black Coffee.

His most recent collaboration is with Portugal’s leading house act DJEFF. Together they’ve cooked up a brand new single titled, “Zugu Zugu.” With this creation they have been able to integrate their respective cultures and musical backgrounds with their love for electronic music.

Inspired by acts like Daft Punk and Armand Van Helden, the release of ‘Zugu Zugu’ serves as an aural embodiment of DJEFF’s and Zakes’ vibrant sound, with upbeat tempos laced with melodic percussions, earning them dope nods from the likes of Major Lazor and Pete Tong.

SJ Nicholson | SJN Agency, ARMC (ZA)

SJN Agency was founded by Sarah-Jane Nicholson in 2010, and artists signed to the agency have enjoyed substantial success and exposure at some of the most notorious festivals and events around the world. These include Primavera, SXSW, Midem, Music Matters Singapore, Eurosonic, and most recently Canada Music Week; M for Montreal and Canada Indie Week.

The Agency’s focus and success ranges from regional to global music marketing, as well as in growing and supporting both new and existing brand campaigns inside and outside of Africa. Fuelled by a deeply felt passion for Africa taking its place on the global music scene, Nicholson is currently working with several partners to bring a range of innovative initiatives to market over the coming year, under SJN Agency’s Africa Rising Music (ARM) brand.

Among these is ARMC, a new music conference to be launched in 2020 that is set to be a game-changer in the development of the African music industry, both within the continent and internationally.

Another is ARM Collab – a Europe-based publishing fund launching early 2020 that aims to connect African talent with European counterparts through collaborations, co-writes and composer collaborations.

Sign up for the workshop HERE

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