I will be speaking at this year's South By SouthWest Music Conference [SXSW] and Festival 2016.

How Five Cities Propelled Modern African Music

Rab Bakari
SXSW Music Conference 2016

Africa as a continent is often misinterpreted. Many people outside of it fail to realize that it has vibrant and creative urban cosmopolitan areas. How did Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Luanda & Pretoria set the template for modern African music? These metro areas are making huge ripples in music creation and style movements associated with various music types. Natural ethnic languages or borrowed European languages are not a barrier for proper introduction to these influential cities to the attendees of SXSW 2016. The innovative sounds + visuals propelled by YouTube, Channel O, BET Int'l, Sound City, Trace and MTV Base along with their respective annual awards ceremonies up the competition and exposure.

Hashtags: #sxsw #CityAfrica #Accra #Lagos #Nairobi #Luanda #Tswane

Friday, March 18
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 11AB
531 E 4th St

Access

Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband

Format: Solo Panel

Event Type: Sessions

 

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“I am hosting a masterclass event at Social Media Week Lagos.  Looking forward to exploring how social media is impacting society, industry and culture in Lagos, Africa and around the world.  “Like” the SMW Lagos Facebook page to learn more about Social Media Week Lagos.  Also visit the website for more info:www.socialmediaweek.org/lagos

The theme for this early year Sicial Media Week - Lagos gathering is:

 "The Networked African: Technology’s Impact On Africa

(And How We Can Harness It For Good)

I examine this from a music business perspective. 

How did Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Luanda, Tshwane (f.k.a. Pretoria)/Johannesburg set the template for modern Africa’s music boom using social media platforms? Hidden forces of technology? Perhaps…

The continent’s most vibrant and creative cosmopolitan areas have made huge pulses in music creation and culture. Much has to do with the prevalence of mobile hardware/software; the computer “in your pocket.” Platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Keek, Tumblr, Google+, Vine, Soundcloud and Snapchat have aided in the definition and proliferation of Africa’s modern music styles.

Attendees  of How Five African Cities Defined Modern Music will learn the grassroots history of Africa’s modern music cultures, examine Western influences and unpack how social media has propelled local music forms beyond the confines of city and country.

An audio and video presentation representative of each community will be included followed by an interactive Q/A.

Please bookmark your seat for this masterclass at the recently-constructed Landmark Convention Center on Victotia Island in the mega city of Lagos, Nigeria.

create a login here: 

http://socialmediaweek.org/lagos/events/five-african-metro-areas-defined-modern-music-using-social-media-platforms/

This event will not be streamed live. 

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Here is the final list of trophy winners for all 33 categories of the AFRIMA 2015 All Africa Music Awards - The evening of 15 NOV - Lagos, Nigeria.

CONTINENTAL CATEGORY WINNERS

Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) "Elle n'a pas vu" Album of the Year

Jose Chameleone (Uganda) "Wale Wale" Song Writer of the Year

Sauti Sol (Kenya) "Sura Yako" Best African Group/Duo/Band

AKA ft Burna Boy, Dales & Jr. (South Africa & Nigeria) "All Eyes On Me" Best African Collaboration

Kiss Daniel (Nigeria) "Woju" Most Promising Artist in Africa

Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) "Elle n'a pa vu" Best Artiste in African Contemporary

Flavour (Nigeria) "Power to win" Best Artiste in African Electro

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) "Ghetto" Best Artiste in African Hip Hop

Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) "Hawajui" Best African Artist in Pop

Stonebwoy (Ghana) "Pull Up (Remix)" Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall

Praiz (Nigeria) "If I fall" Best Artiste in African RnB &Soul

Gangbe Brass Band (Benin) "Yoruba" Best Artiste in African Traditional Music

Ladysmith Black Mabazo (South Africa) AFRIMA Legendary Award

M'vula (Angola) "Volume 10" Best Artiste in African Rock

Betty Akna (Equatorial Guinea) "Africa United" Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music

Darey (Nigeria) "Pray for me" Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music

Wiyaala (Ghana) "Africa" Video of the year in Africa

Adekunle Gold (Nigeria) "Sade" Revelation of the African Continent

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) "Nasema Nawe" Song of the Year

Producer of the Year for Sauti Sol "Sura Yako"

Music/Entertainment Journalist of the year Oris Aigbokhaevbolo (Nigeria) "Going Country: Nashville-Lives"

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Artiste of the Year

Kunle Ayo (Nigeria) "Joromi" Best Artiste in African Jazz

 

REGIONAL CATEGORY WINNERS

Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) "Elle n'a pas vu" Best Female in Central Africa

Stanley Enow (Cameroon) "King Kong" Best Male in Central Africa

Tsedenia (Ethiopia) "Yet Biye" Best Female artist in East Africa

Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania) "Nasema Nawe" Best Male in East Africa

Manal BK (Morocco) "Denia" Best Female Artist in Northern Africa

Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) "This is who I am" Best Male Artist in North Africa

Busiswa (South Africa) "Lahla" Best Female in Southern Africa

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) "Ghetto" Best Male in Southern Africa

Yemi Alade (Nigeria) "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" Best Female artiste in West Africa

Olamide (Nigeria) "Shakity Bobo" Best Male Artiste in West Africa

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Rab Bakari hosted a panel along with panelist David Sander (Mandala TV Prod./Coke Studio Africa) and Buddha Blaze Mbasu (Spark Africa) on Thursday, 22 October 2015 in the Cosmopolitan city of Budapest, Hungary.

 David Sanders, Rab Bakar & Buddha Blaze Mbasu @ the Bálna - Budapest

David Sanders, Rab Bakar & Buddha Blaze Mbasu @ the Bálna - Budapest

A Tale of Two Nations: 
The creative magic of African-European music artists.

In recent years, a new generation of exciting creative musicians has been emerging from across Africa. Some are based on the continent, some in Europe and North America. They are socially networked artists, just as comfortable in the tough neighborhoods of Africa's biggest cities as they are performing at hip nightclubs in London or European music festivals. They blend hip-hop, house, reggae and rock with various local musical traditions from around Africa. This panel aims to provide a background on the rising new wave of artists representing the heritages of both parents from different continents or claiming both nationalities in their music.

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Here is the final list for all 33 categories of the AFRIMA 2015 All Africa Music Awards to be held in Lagos, Nigeria 15 November 2015.

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Abdullah Ibrahim - "The Song Is My Story"

Abel Mulugeta - "Leb Barbamet"

Kunle Ayo - "Joromi"

Joel Sebunjo - "Nakato"

Gabacho Maroconnection - "Moussaoui"

Gangbe Brass Band - "Yoruba"

Recipients of the AFRIMA Legendary Award and the Africa Entertainment/Music Journalist Award will be decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA and revealed at the main awards ceremony on Sunday, November 15 while album, songwriter and producer of the year will be wholly decided by the academy.

 Album of The Year

Album of The Year

 Songwriter of the Year

Songwriter of the Year

 Producer of the Year

Producer of the Year

AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union Commission, AUC, announced the nominees for the 2015 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at an international media conference which took place on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Nominees are contending for the coveted AFRIMA 23.9 karat gold-plated trophy in 33 categories divided into the regional and continental categories and including the AFRIMA Legend Award and music/entertainment journalist of the year award.

Jury members and AFRIMA International Committee were present to unveil the nominees after a rigorous six day screening exercise which started on Sunday, August 9 and ended on Friday, August 14 which Rab Bakari participated in. Also present at the conference were media practitioners, artistes’ managers, label owners, artistes and other stakeholders who were all excited and expectant as the nominees were being announced. 

Giving insight into the criteria by which the nominees list was reached, AFRIMA juror and BBC Radio 3 presenter, Rita Ray explained that the jury panel adhered strictly to the entry submission requirements while being guided by AFRIMA’s core values of FACE IT –Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. The voting process began on the Friday, August 21, 2015 and also said the AFRIMA voting online platform will open for an 11 week voting process, while encouraging the public, fans and followers of African music to visit the AFRIMA website, www.afrima.org, to view the nominees in the 29 (open for public voting) categories of the award and vote for their favourite artiste (s).

Revealing programmes of AFRIMA 2015 event, the President/Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada said: “Recipients of the AFRIMA Legendary Award and the Africa Entertainment/Music Journalist Award will be decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA and revealed at the main awards ceremony on Sunday, November 15 while songwriter and producer of the year will be wholly decided by the academy.

AFRIMA 2015 will be held in Nigeria to be broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations across the world with the support of its media partners on 15 November 2015.

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Suba Photo App entertainer collaboration was launched in Accra for public use with the mighty weight of Ghana /African music celebrity Reggie Rockstone exclusively vested.

 Nelson Klutse, Reggie Rockstone + Eric Hackman of Suba Photo App

Nelson Klutse, Reggie Rockstone + Eric Hackman of Suba Photo App

    Nelson Klutse, Rab Bakari + Eric Hackman

 

Nelson Klutse, Rab Bakari + Eric Hackman

Suba is an events, location-based, central photo stream app for the iOS + Android mobile platforms. This allows a curation of images from many sources at the same event to exist in one stream. The key developers are Ghanaians based in the cosmopolitan city of Accra. Nelson Klutse and Eric Hackman. Nelson and Eric are recipient students of MEST (The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology) campus in Accra. They participated in the MEST incubator program with ample mentorship from Business Development fellow Muhammida el Muhajir. 

 

MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored twelve month, intensive full-time program. Sourced from top graduates in Ghana and Nigeria, 30 of these Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) are selected each year and receive comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses, including computer programming, software development, product management, finance, marketing, sales and leadership best practices.

After completion of the program, the EITs have the opportunity to pitch a concept. Winning teams receive a seed round from the MEST incubator to pursue their idea. Nelson and Eric hit it big with Meltwater. They needed a marketing plan. The tech stuff was largely completed and primed. Since the entire concept of their app was based upon social use amongst strangers, they needed an influential entity or person that had the reach on thousands of test subjects. They settled on Reggie Rockstone for a number of reasons. Mostly because, he creates specific events, or is an integral part of major events in Ghana and across the African continent. 128,000 Instagram followers; 267,000 Twitter followers, hundreds of thousands that subscribe to his Ghana mobile telecom Instavoice messages and a combined Facebook profile/pages around 62,000 of Reggie is the one who can spark the convergence of the thousand of images #hashtagged on various platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and SnapChat. Although Reggie did invest some monetary capital, the jewel lies in his ability to drum up early adapters and users weekly. Apps like these need to become a universe of it's own to gain acceptance and recognition. 

The event was well-attended by other start-up members of MEST, business people, TV, radio and print journalist as well as tech, lifestyle and angel investor bloggers from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.

To see photos from particulate event such as the recent Chale Wote Street Arts festival 2015; download the Suba photo app and search for: #chalewote2015 or visit bit.ly/chalewote15   

M.anifest continues the lyrical and visual creativity path. This time with "Forget Dem'. The Cape Town, South Africa ice cream café and barbershop role comes off very naturally for this gifted emcee.

Track produced by Accra's Killbeatz. Directed by Garth Von Glehn for Film Fam
Assistant Director: Jonas Stark. Cinematography/Camera: Karl Schmidt. Female interest in the video storyline: Ghanaian Africa's Next Top Model, Roselyn Ashkar. Who is the South African mate that stars along with M.anifest for the majority of the music video?

This guy keeps the juices going. It's always refreshing to hear material out of the United Kingdom that combines hints of other cultures.

 

In this case veteran British emcee by way of Ghana, Scotland and England Kobi Onyame drops us a melodic one called "Imminence (Only Matter of Time O)". Defined as "Something that is imminent or impending".. Check the beach and Black Star/Independence Square visuals from Ghana throughout the video setting the tone/taste for the lyrical delivery.

Directed and filmed in Ghana by Bright Asare for Easy Day Studios

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As usual, Blitz The Ambassador (Ghana - USA) gets it right with this retro-visage of 1950s Highlife Accra.

Filmed primarily at the current Republic Bar in the Osu-RE section of Accra. Starring Yaa Opare as the love interest woman/Mami Wata. Directed by Blitz himself along with cinematography assistance from Stanley Adjetey of Take Two Films. NOTE: This is Blitz's first video offering through his own official VEVO account.

The music is expressed in this video is exactly a summation of what has taken Blitz The Ambassador around the world. Hip Hop scratches, lyrical delivery, snappy snares, rumbling basslines but also the brass and woodwind horns, percussive teases and Highlife guitar licks/bass strums from yesteryear.

Music video for JuJu Girl performed by Blitz the Ambassador. Site: https://blitz.mvmt.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlitzAmbassador Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlitzAmbassador Instagram: http://instagram.com/blitzambassador Copyright (C) 2015 Embassy MVMT. -- Powered by http://www.vydia.com


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Super GHanaian group VVIP (based in Accra) release four music video singles at one time. 

Watch: 

1. "Skolom" feat. Sena Dagadu

- Directed by XBills Ebenezer

 

2 . "Hustle" 

Directed by  

 

3. "Get In Da Picture (Selfie Remix) Featuring  Idris Elba + Zeal + Prodigal + Reggie Rockstone (VVIP) + Phyno

Directed by Idris Elba directed his part in Accra & London, Reggie directed this part in Accra; Phyno directed his part in Lagos and Prodigal & Zeal directed their part in Amsterdam. All edited by Lex MacCarthy of Ghana.

 

4. "OMG" 

Directed by Lex McCarthy

 

"... U dey talk dey say I'm bad, but I'm the best U ever had!" M.Anifest @Manifestive tells us about "Mind Games" with this new visual posted to his official YouTube account.

This rap (English, Pidgin, Twi languages) tells the tale of a complicated romance – a tale of two broken hearts.

The video, which was shot in Brooklyn, New York USA, sees director Garth Von Glehn (Film Fam) skilfully weaving between the happy and frustrating moments that characterize many romantic relationships. Von Glehn focuses on the emotional detail of a relationship’s toughest times with stylistic elements of organic retro chic.

An aesthetically minimalist video, we see the two protagonists, M.anifest and his love interest (played by Aube) reminisce on the vicissitudes of relationships - happy to sad to angry all over again. M.anifest plays an avant garde avid 8MM filmmaker who blurs the lines between life, love and art.
Get mp3 taken from the full album release: "Apae" http://bit.ly/1oXQMD6

Watch and listen below.

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