BEAT BULLETIN MARCH 2017
Dear SAMRO Member,
Welcome to Freedom Month and of course your latest edition of the Beat Bulletin.
To kick things off, we would like to thank all the people who braved the erratic weather in Nelspruit last month to attend the 3rd series of the CEO Roundtable Discussion. We are grateful for the invaluable support of the over 200 guests who took time off work to attend the event. With limited opportunities and avenues for consistent engagement amongst those who assist in shaping the local music biz, this initiative is a great platform where various stakeholders meet to iron out current challenges facing the industry. Stay tuned for dates of our next roundtable.
One of the issues we stressed during the roundtable is the need for all music creators who perform abroad to notify us of their upcoming gigs. SAMRO is part of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), and we are able to represent your interests on a global scale and ensure that you receive the performance royalties due to you from anywhere in the world. In this issue, we unpack why it is crucial for members, managers, publishers and booking agents to notify us of local and international live performances.
While we’re on the subject of performing abroad, we profile SAMRO member and Indian music veteran Shashika Mooruth, who lives in Mumbai. The talent continues to put out great music decades after she was first discovered in Durban with her current release getting rave reviews in the US.
We also talk to Theo Kgosinkwe of the award-winning duo Mafikizolo, who shares with us his views on why South African artists cannot as yet afford to completely forego radio airplay in favour of the internet.
Finally, the SAMRO Foundation is calling for eligible keyboard players who consider themselves masters of the ivories to take on their peers and flex their fingers in the 2017 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Keyboard Players. The competition has spawned many a successful musician, including Bokani Dyer & Jan Hugo. We encourage all keyboard players to take this opportunity and run with it.
Until then, let the music play.
General Manager: Marketing & Communications