MOSHITO 2017 Music Conference and Exhibition finds a new home at Newton Music factory

Moshito has decided to go back to the Johannesburg’s creative Centre, Newtown Music Factory (former Bassline) for the 2017 music conference and exhibition taking place from 06 to 09 September. 

Music industry practitioners and media gathered at Primi Piatti in Rosebank for the unveiling of the Moshito 2017 theme: “Rhythms of the Ancients” with Dizu Plaatjies of AmaMpondo and Candy Tsamandebele; as the faces of Moshito 2017.

Revealing an exciting programme that includes intriguing conference topics, network sessions, music demo presentations and artists’ showcases. Moshito promises to live up to its brand promise of being Africa’s premier music market and event. 

Having started off hosting less than five music markets. In the last three years we have seen the attendance of new markets and delegates coming from as far afield as China, India, North and South America, Europe, the Caribbean Islands and those from our own continent.

There are over 70 panellists participating in over 8 topics - 2 breakaways, 5 plenaries, 1 demo presentation workshop, as well as music showcases - Moshito 2017 is poised to be a place where music meets business, and music creates opportunities. 

Addressing a packed vibrant Primi Piatti audience, the Chairperson of Moshito Music Conference, Dr Sipho Sithole said: this year’s theme “Rhythms of the Ancients will look at how ancient rhythms and indigenous sounds of what made African music great still find resonance in today’s music, be it Gqom, Hip-hop, Jazz, Soul or Shangaan electro. 

It is no coincidence that this year’s Face of Moshito is Dizu Plaatjie, the founder of South Africa’s internationally celebrated marimba group, Amamapondo as well the indigenous afro-soul artist Candy (Tsamandebele) Mokwena. 

Also addressing the media was the Chief Director of the Department of Arts and Culture, Mr Charles Mabaso, stated that: 
South Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on cultural and creative industries as potential contributors to economic growth and job creation. Given the challenges of youth unemployment, the creative sector, particularly the music sector has become an attractive value proposition for young people wanting to participate in the creative economy. 
Today, young people own music labels, music production facilities and have become the source for broadcasters and promoters looking for fresh music to be played on radio, television and performed in public spaces. Moshito therefore is the obvious platform for music practitioners who want to engage, network and grow their business. We remain committed to ensuring that Moshito continues to perform its mandate for the benefit of the music industry as a whole. 
Charles also stressed the need for the unity of the music sector and the development of sustainable and resilient development and enterprise models to ensure the growth of the sector. 

Moshito will once again start this year’s conference with an Opening Concert on 06 September at Newtown Music Factory, followed by the an Afro-World Night Music Concert on 07 September at the Soweto Theatre closing with the Urban World Music Street Festival in Newtown Junction Mall on 09 September. 

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