Moshito 2011 is reaching out to the broader music community and is making access available to music industry players both in and entering the market who have not registered for today and tomorrow.

Day two kicks off with a full programme of conferencing at Sci Bono and live events at various venues for free in Newtown tonight –

The Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition kicked off yesterday with a stellar programme featuring a massive 52 topics and over 100 speakers. As the central focus of Africa’s only annual music market, Moshito has drawn participants from across South Africa, as well as several other African countries, the USA, Spain, Canada, and Colombia,

Although located in Joburg, several regions of the country will be under the spotlight at Moshito 2011 and the conference is set to give delegates a broad view of the music industry landscape.

Indeed, this bigger perspective is also served by several outward-looking topics, including ‘A look at Colombia’s Cultural Policy and the importance of African Descent in Colombia’ on September 1st. Providing practical insight into taking a music career overseas is the subject of a session on September 2nd titled ‘Touring North America – touring the US and Canada’, that is presented by Daniel Brooks, founder of the Canada-based The International Tour and Tech Academy as well as SXSW Hip-hop and world music programmer, Matt Sonzala.

Day Two’s programme features what promises to be one of the most heated debates of Moshito 2011 – an examination of ‘Local broadcast content and compliance with the UN Convention on Cultural Diversity’ by a panel that includes Christa Rautenbach (Northwest University), and Anel du Plessis (Northwest University).

Those looking for inspiration will want to catch a session titled ‘South Africans Who Changed The World of Music” where music industry veteran Ivor Haarburger will be joined by Sheldon Leal, Director of Music at Southdowns College to talk about individuals who have made an impact on the global music industry over the decades.

Day Three of Moshito 2011 swings the focus from the challenges and issues facing the music industry to a series of presentations that ensure newcomers to the industry or those needing to brush up on their knowledge and skills have a one-stop shop to go to. Topics on September 2nd range from ‘How To Improve Digital Revenue Streams’, to the youth-orientated ‘Technology for DJ’s – Beyond vinyl and loops’; ‘Publishing 101’; ‘Why Musicians Need Managers” and ‘Making Money Composing Music (featuring a presentation by award-winning composer, Phillip Miller).

Adding impact to Moshito 2011 is a host of live music events, including the now annual Africa Unites concert, presented in association with Arts Alive 2011. This year, Africa Unites takes place on September 2nd, and features a stunning line-up of world-class African artists including Nigerian singer-songwriter, Asa, award winning Kenyan musician , Eric Wainaina and South Africa’s etho-ragga and soul songstress, Nkulee Dube.

Once again, Moshito 2011 includes an exhibition element that will see leading entertainment, educational, governmental, and related entities exhibiting their services and goods to the public.

Delegates wanting to plug directly into current trends in the global music industry have plenty to choose from at Moshito 2011 – among them a session titled ‘Global Copyright trends – The future relevance of collective administration’ on September 1st at 16h00. The discussion will be lead by a panel of experts including Clive van der Mescht of the Digital Asset Management Network, SAMRO CEO, Nick Motsatse and Rob Hooijer, Director of African Affairs for CISAC.

Established in 2004, Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition takes place from August 31st to September 2nd at the Sci Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

For a full programme of events go to

* Moshito 2011 is supported by Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation; France Volontaires Echanges et Solidarite Internationale; Accor; Fonds Europeen de Developpment Regional; Embassy of Colombia; African Synergy Book Café; SABC; Business and Arts South Africa; SAMRO; Sci Bono Discovery Centre; National Arts Council; Department of Arts and Culture; Joburg Arts Alive International Festival; Gauteng Provincial Government; Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie; Embassy of Spain and Indian Ocean Music Network.

For media interviews, media registration to MOSHITO 2011 and all Live Events within Moshito please contact Vanessa Perumal / Ayob Vania on 011 788 7631 or