Music Exchange: Mingle with top music industry players at MEX15

Music Exchange: Mingle with top music industry players at MEX15

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Music Exchange (MEX15) is South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme, and it is set to return to Cape Town on September 25 and 26 – and in tow will be some of the most respected names in the business.

The conference is a high touch event whereby the speakers are present throughout the day and you can engage with them continually. Delegates are encouraged to bring product to exchange and network with speakers and delegates.

No less than five multi-disciplined masters will be jetting into The Mother City as special guests of South Africa’s definitive entertainment economy indaba.

World-renowned composer, songwriter, producer, score wizard and MEX15 board member Trevor Jones will return home from London to take up his place once again.

By Martin Myers

By Martin Myers

Delivering this year’s keynote address will be Crown Talent and Media Group chairman Marc Marot, who has around 100 personalities under management, including Ella Henderson, Union J and Luke Friend.

He can claim his part in no less than 38 Top Ten singles, 18 Number Ones and album sales of more than 100 million units.

At the age of 31 when he was the youngest managing director of Island Records, Marot steered the likes of U2’s career for the better part of the 1990s amongst a whole host of others, all of which guarantees an opening address delegates will relish.

Staying in heavyweight territory, MEX15 is set to welcome producer and player extraordinaire Bryan Michael Cox from Atlanta.

Bryan Michael Cox is a Grammy award winning American songwriter and record producer.  He has been responsible for over 175 million album sales and won the Grammy Award nine times. He has co-written and co-produced hit singles including Mary J. Blige’s ‘Be Without You’; Mariah Carey’s ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Don’t Forget About Us’; Monica’s ‘Still Standing’ and ‘U Should’ve Known Better’; Toni Braxton’s ‘Just Be a Man About It’; as well as Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad’, ‘Burn’, and ‘Confessions, Pt. 2’.

Cox has been professionally producing since 1998, receiving his first formal credit on 1999’s ‘Get Gone’ by the R&B Houston-based group Ideal. In September 2009, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Concluding the first decade of the new millennium Cox was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the top 10 producers of the decade.

MEX15’s 2015 through 2017 venue sponsor, Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, will also play host to Brandon Bakshi, the Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, based in the BMI’s London office. While at BMI, he has been responsible for the signing of Daft Punk, Pete Townshend, Queen, Sade, Afrojack, Deadmau5, One Direction, Shaggy, Avicci as well as Ellie Goulding.

Local music icon and Music Exchange board member Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will once again be participating, rounding off a stellar list of world-class talent ready to share and edify everyone invested.

* Limited tickets are now on sale through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at, or by calling 0861 915 8000.

Tickets cost R100 per day, or R150 for the full two-day event.

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Some of the artists representing at MEX15:

Moreira-Chonguiça---Photo-bMOREIRA Chonguiça (Mozambique)

Moreira Chonguiça is a Mozambican jazz saxophonist, composer, producer, ethnomusicologist, and social entrepreneur. He has four award winning albums to his credit and has produced music for a number of African artists and documentaries.

He has received numerous accolades in Mozambique over the years, including appointment to the advisory committee for the Mozambican Minister of Culture, being a recipient of the Made In Mozambique seal, being voted “Cultural Figure of the Year 2014” by the journalists of Noticias, Mozambique’s largest daily newspaper and being awarded Superbrand status as an individual – again a first for Mozambique and the African continent.

He runs More Promotions in Mozambique that produces the successful Morejazz Series concerts each year.

Emily-BruceEmily Bruce

Emily Bruce’s collaboration with world renowned dance music duo Goldfish, on their 2010 album ‘Get Busy Living’, has exposed this remarkably talented singer to audiences around the world.

It is Emily’s voice that you hear on the title track and with ‘Get Busy Living’ hitting number one on the 5fm Top 40 in 2010, winning the South African Music Award (SAMA) for ‘Best Global Dance Album’ in 2011, and several successful singles that have followed, it is a collaboration that can best be described as working swimmingly.

With her musical roots in gospel, R&B, funk, soul Bruce has more than 15 years of experience as one of South Africa’s celebrated jazz singers.

RJ-BenjaminRJ Benjamin

RJ Benjamin is the full spectrum and every facet in-between. Vocalist, composer, songwriter, producer and teacher, he successfully blends soul, pop, hip-hop and funk into scintillating songs. His creative magic has redefined the R&B and Neo-Soul perspective in the South African music industry where his talent and insight continues to influence and enrich projects he works on. RJ has was Mzansi Magic’s ‘Clash Of The Choirs’ mentor in 2014, and ‘Idols’ South Africa’s ‘In-house mentor’ to the 2014 and 2015 contestants.

In 2009 RJ recorded ‘Change The World’. An instant hit and anthem on radio stations and dance floors all over the South Africa, the track received both a Channel O and SAMA nomination for Best Dance Video and Song of the Year respectively.

The-album-cover-for-NathisLance Stehr

Lance Stehr is the Managing Director of Muthaland Entertainment and currently has the biggest artist in SA – Nathi – whose album ‘Buyelekhaya’ has placed at number 1 on Musica Charts and number 2 on iTunes.

His extensive industry experience, relationships and networks have been the catalyst for Muthaland Entertainment’s success.

Over the last 20 years Ghetto Ruff and Muthaland have released and distributed over 150 Records/Albums. Industry changers and shifters and artists that were created/formed from the Record label includes names like POC (Prophets of da City), Skeem, DJ Cleo, Zola, Mapaputsi, Pitch Black Afro, Mzekezeke, JOZI, Ishmael, da L.E.S and South Africa’s newest Vocal sensation, Vusi Nova.

Siphokazi-JonasSiphokazi Jonas

This UCT graduate, and former Queenstown local, holds a Masters degree in English literature, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and English.

This vital and voracious poet has been pushing the envelope in the work she has been producing over the past year, and has been featured in the Inzync Poetry Sessions, Expression Session Kuilsriver, Grounding Sessions and Artsemble.

Siphokazi has been an opening act for American poets Ezekiel Azonwu, Janette Ikz and Alysia Harris, as well as UK Hip Hop artist S.O. She was recently crowned the first Home of Poetry slam champion at the Cape Town Ultimate Slam on May 31 and only last week returned from Los Angeles where she performed.

Music & fashion in perfect harmony at #MEX15

Bryan-RamkilawanThe Cape Town Fashion Council and Music Exchange will create Music and Fashion Fusion from Thursday to Saturday, September 24 to 26, at Grand West.

The Cape Town Fashion Council has developed and evolved over the last 9 years to deliver core programs to their growing constituent base, which are designed to impact on job creation and improve GDP along the clothing value chain. Through multiple strategic partnerships, and sector level collaborations they aim to counteract the trends evident in the clothing, footwear and jewellery markets that directly impact on local manufacturing. Their latest collaboration marries the fashion and music industry, and for good reason!

Music and fashion are undoubtedly two of the most significant and influential elements in our society. These aspects play a substantial role in our everyday life and enact a much larger impact on our global economy and the consumers than we comprehend.

More importantly, music and fashion influences each other and harmonizes in such a way that it converts cultures – that are distinctly different – into a single culture fusion, identifiable by individuals with very different persuasions and tastes.

The Cape Town Fashion Council and the Music Exchange (#MEX15) collaboration will aim to imitate the belief that music and fashion unite as one identifiable culture – that there is a synergy and unmatched relationship between the two elements. The MEX event is considered one of the leading South African music, film and entertainment digital exchange networks and acts as an annual 3-day international music conference, masterclass, workshop and showcase platform.

The Cape Town Fashion Council will utilize this platform to showcase some of Cape Town’s most esteemed conceptual designer collections with the aim to connect with artists on personal level – a level where these artists see themselves wearing the designs to express their individual identities as musicians, and even as actors, and other entertainers – and to exemplify the impact the connected cultures can have on each other and the South African and global economy in the long-run.

“The intent of #MEX15 is aligned with the CTFC mandate to develop businesses in the creative sectors. This partnership will encourage stronger collaborations between musicians and fashion designers.” says Bryan Ramkilawan, CEO of the Cape Town Fashion Council.