The 4th Annual Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference was an even bigger success than imagined!
Some of the biggest local African artists and most influential Industry leaders came together in support of the Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference this past week at the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice Cape Town to share their knowledge and information about the industry with their fellow artists as well as the younger generations hoping to break into the local music scene.
The 60 plus participants included the likes of AKA, Jack Parow, Jeremy Loops, Kazim Rashid (Warp Records UK), Shaun Duvet (Ultra), Damon Forbes (Breakout Agency), DJ Mizz, Leigh Morgan (Believe Digital UK), Mike from P.H.fat, Felix Laband, Charles Webster (UK), Shane Cooper (Card On Spokes), Ready D, Raphael Benza (AKA manager), Raymond Bloom (Goldfish manager), Ben Peters (Goodluck), Mr Sakitumi, Youngsta, Dilo Xclusive amongst others.
“We have been overwhelmed at the positive feedback and support we have received from people regarding the conference. It was our biggest and best to date and a powerful reflection of the positive growth and development of our industry. It was also amazing to see so many people from different backgrounds and genres coming together to share and exchange information. It was truly inspiring and we look forward to building in 2016”, said conference co-director and Black Mango partner Trenton Birch.
The conference not only inspired attendees, but also offered various workshops and honest conversations on big topics in the industry. The Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference emphasized just how much talent our country offers and highlighted how South African music is becoming a major international player.
Highlights included Jack Parrow and AKA’s on the conch interview, Damon Forbes (Breakout Agency/Sheer) and Raymond Bloom’s interview (Goldfish’s Manger), UK house legend Charles Webster’s workshop, Raphael Benza (AKA’s manager) and Nomndeni Mdakhi (Edits Communications) “Managing your brand as an artist workshop” and the pool side showcases that had the crowds chanting for more.
The event saw many industry folk from Cape Town and across the country coming to the conference and then heading to the festival. Both
events also formed part of Cape Town Music Week which is working to put Cape Town on the map as a global music tourist destination.