THURSDAY 16TH TO SUNDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2017
THE SARIT CENTRE EXPO HALL, NAIROBI – KENYA

SEE YOU AGAIN IN 2018

ABOUT THE 2018 EASTERN AFRICA MUSIC SUMMIT

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ONGEA! is Born out of our Annual KENYA MUSIC WEEK, which ran for 10 Years – every December, from 2004 to 2013.

Since KENYA MUSIC WEEK achieved its Objectives for the Kenya Music Industry over that Decade, we are now Broadening the Scope of our Event – whose three Pillars are still Trade, Learn and Showcase.

This Event will be held at Sarit Centre Expo Hall in Westlands, Nairobi – KENYA, from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th February, 2017.

TRADE

A daily Trade Exhibition, of local Industry stakeholders, including interested Regional and International Practitioners.

LEARN

A daily Industry Panel, by Local, Regional and International Experts.

SHOWCASE

Daily Showcase Performances, by exhibiting Musicians and other Talent, in front of Local, Regional and International Festival Bookers.

Business as usual: Kenya fest back in Feb

Africa Nouveau Festival announced its February dates this week. The two-day festival will take place from 2 to 4 February at the Ngong Racecourse Waterfront in Nairobi, Kenya. Though slated for November 2017, the festival was postponed due to the prevailing political climate at the time.

The announcement of the new dates is a clear indication that the Kenyan showbiz industry is now ready for business after a grueling year of underperformance.

“We held a December edition of our one-day festival, Blankets and Wine, and the response was really amazing,” a spokesperson for the organisers said. “You could feel that people were really eager to get out and have fun after what they had been through all year.”

The political uncertainty occasioned by the 2017 presidential election negatively affected all industries in Kenya. The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) estimated that private businesses lost up to 700 million Kenyan shillings ($6.8m) between July and October. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) lost 92 billion shillings in market capitalisation on the day after the Supreme Court nullified the election and another 38 billion a day after.

The ripple effect was felt across the economy with many major festivals and concert tours cancelled or postponed. However, with the conclusion of the electioneering process and the toning down of political rhetoric, it’s now business as usual.

The Africa Nouveau announcement also signals the resilience of Kenyan music festivals and makes a case for more investment in the sector. Since 2015, the festival has held successful annual events. It is organised by Good Times Africa, the creators of the Blankets and Wine. Over the years, a number of festivals have duplicated the concept and business model of Blankets and Wine with measurable success. These festivals have become major revenue generators for the entire music ecosystem and the creative economy at large.

This year’s Africa Nouveau Festival brings together innovative music, film and fashion from African creatives under the theme Afrobubblegum, a term coined by renowned Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu. The Afrobubblegum ideology asserts the right of African creatives to be as fun, fierce and fantastical as they can be in an attempt to rebrand the ‘dark continent’ stereotype that has dogged Africa for centuries.

The live programme includes musicians from Sao Tome and Principe, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and DRC, with South African star Kwesta headlining the festival.

“Our line-up was inspired by our desire to showcase upcoming artists from various genres. Our founder Muthoni Drummer Queen was very instrumental in picking the final list,” the organisers said.

The February edition of Africa Nouveau Festival will also feature a significant fashion component, thanks to a partnership with the British Council under the East African Arts programme. Participants will include various fashion enterprises, designers, photographers, stylists and other actors within the fashion industries of Kenya, Ethiopia and the UK.

Additionally, the festival will screen virtual reality films curated by Kahiu as part of the Afrobubblegum theme. Read more

KE: KECOBO blocks Kenya’s oldest CMO

The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) announced last week its list of licensed collective management organisations (CMOs), effectively sealing the fate for the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK).

This after KECOBO cited a 2017 high court ruling that barred Kenya’s oldest CMO from collecting royalties.

KECOBO has now advised business owners to seek licences from authorised CMOs, which it lists as:

The Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE), representing authors, composers, and publishers of musical works in Kenya.
The Performing Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK), representing performers in music and dramatic works in Kenya
The Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP), representing producers of sound recordings.
The Reprographic Rights Society of Kenya (KOPIKEN), representing authors and publishers of literally works.

Enforcement of copyright law has been a controversial issue in Kenya. Music users have continuously complained about harassment by officers purporting to represent CMOs.

In an article dated 29 August 2015 by Thika Town Today, the secretary-general of the Thika Central Business Traders Association, Alfred Wanyoike, said MCSK officers were soliciting bribes and threatening traders with hefty fines for allegedly flaunting music copyright law.

Similar threats have been reported by matatu (minibus taxi) owners, DJs and ordinary citizens. Reports of swindlers impersonating copyright enforcement officers have also been rife.

The public notice has come in light of the past incidences as KECOBO seems to be tightening its regulatory grip on the sector.

Speaking exclusively to Music In Africa, KOPIKEN general manager Gerry Gitonga gave some background information about copyright regulation in Kenya. The veteran intellectual property lawyer actively participated in attempts to streamline the sector.

“There are people who feel that the crackdown on the MCSK should have come much earlier,” he said. “However, best practice the world over shows that it takes about 10 years for a CMO in the publishing industry to operate at optimum level. Though MCSK has been around since 1982, it only came under proper regulation in 2006. I think the regulator was giving MCSK time and letting them learn from their mistakes, but change didn’t come fast enough.”

To secure its initial license, KOPIKEN had to present several documents for approval. They were required to prove that the operation was not-for-profit and present a business plan. The body also has to report to the KECOBO board on a yearly basis to renew its licence.

Gitonga said the delicensing of MCSK signaled a tightening of regulations in the country.

“MCSK collected about $4m in the year they were shut down. This shows that KECOBO is taking no nonsense. The regulations have always been there but we are seeing a renewed vigour by the regulator to clamp down on non-compliance. As African CMOs we are still light years behind our global peers and we still have a lot of work to do alongside our regulators.”

On their part, Kenyan CMOs are finding practical ways to increase royalty collection. Last year, CMOs took a different approach, striking licensing deals with representatives of various music users to increase compliance. It was a shift from the acrimonious enforcement of copyright law to seeking compliance by way of collaboration.

Special rates were negotiated for the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers (KAHC) and the Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK). Another landmark deal was a memorandum of understanding signed between CMOs and the Media Owners Association (MOA).

Similar deals are currently being negotiated with other players in an attempt to make royalty collection cheaper and more efficient.  Read more

KE:  Eastern Africa artists stand a chance to perform at Germany’s largest Club Festival

 

Detlef Schwarte, Co-Founder of the Reeperbahn Festival (www.reeperbahnfestival.com) – Germany´s largest Club Festival and one of the World´s most important Conferences for the Music and Digital industries, shall be Attending ONGEA! 2018 – The 3rd Eastern Africa Music Summit, on 15th-18th February at Sarit Centre Expo Hall, in Nairobi – KENYA.

And, he’s Attending to Watch all 32 of ONGEA! 2018’s Showcasing Acts, to Choose at least One to Perform at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg – GERMANY, on 19th-22nd September 2018.

As the Managing Director, Schwarte is Responsible for the International Conference of the Reeperbahn Festival, that includes a Programme of more than 300 Sessions, Networking Events, Showcases and Award Shows; which Hosts more than 4,700 Delegates from 55 Countries!

“Reeperbahn Festival is a unique Event in Europe, concerning its Setting, Programme and Atmosphere. This is what we hear from our Guests; and probably this mix is the reason that every year more and more people – Fans and Professionals – attend,” Schwarte commented about the Festival, in an Interview with the Online Publication – Music2Deal.

Besides Reeperbahn Festival, Schwarte is also a Partner and Managing Director of Inferno Events (www.infernoevents.com) – a Hamburg public Events Agency. At Inferno Events he Designs & Implements corporate and public Events, such as: Night of Knowledge, Hamburg Night of Theatre and German Unification Day 2008, as examples.

All year round Schwarte attends international Conferences and Speaks regularly on Panels. Some of the Events he has attended include: Eurosonic Noorderslag (The Netherlands), Canadian Music Week (Canada), Oya Festival (Norway) and BIME (Spain).

So, to Showcase at ONGEA! 2018, for an Opportunity to Perform at the largest Club Festival in GERMANY this Year – Reeperbahn, ensure that you Book your Exhibition Stand NOW, by e-mailing: ongea@phatafrica.com. Every Exhibitor gets 25 minutes on the Showcase Stage, per Stand occupied.

To follow the event click here for the application form and to learn more about how to apply.

ABOUT ONGEA!

Synopsis

KENYA MUSIC WEEK’s move to rebrand to ONGEA! is based on the need to ensure Increased Sustainability and Relevance of this very important Industry gathering, by Opening it up to a larger Market, thus increasing the Forum’s profile Regionally and Globally.

The move is informed by undifferentiated Music penetration in the Region, marked by increasing acceptance of different Genres of Music across the board. Artists are increasingly receiving Support and Acceptance of their Craft, outside their Countries; a Trend which is Driving the Growth of the Eastern Africa Music Industry.

ONGEA! will be the main Source of new Innovations, Trends and Content for Regional and Global players, who are Setting the Pace for Strategic and focused Growth of the Music &Entertainment Industry in the Eastern Africa Region.

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  • ONGEA! The 2017 Eastern Africa Music Summit
    Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th February
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    The Sarit Centre Expo Hall,
    Westlands, Nairobi - KENYA

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