Some of the finest songwriters who have been working at the inaugural BMI Songwriters Camp in Cape Town this week are delighted to announce that they will be holding a two-hour masterclass on Saturday, September 10. When a global rights Music Management Company the size of BMI, who have an annual turnover of well over a billion dollars a year, invests one should sit up and take notice.
Delegates who attend the sixth annual Music Exchange at GrandWest this weekend will be handpicked and invited to attend this personal masterclass with BMI and Academy of Sound Engineering on Saturday from 10am.
Amongst the names that will be at the conference and masterclass is Ameen Harron (picture right), who has built up an impressive body of work, having produced hit tracks on several projects by some of South Africa’s premium artists. He has featured as a producer on an international collaborative album project which brought together artists from Italy, Slovakia, Holland, Germany, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and is currently working with South African artists like Jimmy Nevis, AKA, Proverb, Danny K, Lakota Silva, Locnville, Jax Panik and HHP.
Also joining the conference is Ziyon (picture left), who is a singer, songwriter, producer and performing artist born in Tennessee, USA, who relocated to Johannesburg, in the early 2000s with his parents. Popularly known as the lead singer of the multi-award winning duo Liquideep, Ziyon has written, produced and performed hits such as ‘Fairytale’, ‘BBM’, ‘Settle For Less’, ‘Still’, ‘Alone’, ‘Born For This’ and many more.
Tamara Dey will also be in attendance. Who can forget that in 2005 Tamara was instrumental in the dance outfit Flash Republic, with her partners DJs Ryan Dent & Craig Massiv? Tamara was the lead singer and Ryan and Craig where the two main members of the band. The band toured Europe in 2005 and released their debut album ‘Time Is Now’ when they returned to SA. The first single ‘Emergency’ went to Number 1 on 5FM and the group enjoyed a Top 10 entry with their second single, ‘Robot’.
Tamara’s music has been described as “the unofficial language that celebrates the heart and soul of South Africa.” RJ Benjamin says it even better and describes Tamara as a writer who has “music hooks for days.
Adding some US flavor to the conference we have Jann Klose, who is a pop singer-songwriter who has released five albums and two EPs. Klose was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, and northeast Ohio. He is the singing voice of Tim Buckley in the 2012 movie ‘Greetings from Tim Buckley’, starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots, released by Focus Features and Tribeca Film.
His songs have been heard on the Grammy-nominated ‘Healthy Food For Thought’ compilation, as well as ‘MTV Cribs’ and movies ‘Dead Broke’ (Warner Bros.) He has performed as an actor and singer in touring companies of Broadway musicals, including ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Jekyll & Hyde’, and The Who’s ‘Tommy’.
He tours regularly in the U.S. and Europe. He has opened for or performed with a wide range of artists, including Pat Benatar, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Suzanne Vega, Paula Cole, Annie Haslam and Brett Dennen.
Another contributing artist is Steve Stapley, who made his first professional recording at Abbey Road in 1968. Steve had success writing songs for movies and writing English lyrics for French legend Johnny Halladay, and for the French No.1 single, ‘Casualty of Love’.
Then we have Brandon Bakshi, Broadcast Music, INC (BMI) Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, back for a second year. He is responsible for the signing of the likes of Daft Punk, Bryan Ferry, Queen, Sade, Afrojack, Deadmau5, One Direction, Shaggy, Avicci, as well as Ellie Goulding.
Rubbing shoulders and networking with these artists and music executives that also include the likes of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Arthur Goldstuck, Kim Kallie-Banner, Ernestine Deane, Mynie Grove, Mike Joubert, Warrick Percy, Moreira Chonguica, Bev Scott Brown, Tony Cedras, Miles Keylock, Alan Ray Scott, Ready D, Jarrod Aston, Gareth Duncan, Marvin Levendal, Samm Marshall, Sophia Foster, Nick Matzukis, Siphokazi Jonas, Mornay Hoffmeester, Brian Mawdsley and Gillian Ezra can only enhance your career.
Then we have a music expo by Bothners Music, as well as a car display by Hyundai Paarden Island. We have over 16 keynote speakers and 25 table talk sessions covering every aspect of the business, all geared to empower, edify and entertain.
Tickets are on sale through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, and online at www.computicket.com; or by calling 0861 915 8000.
Tickets cost R200 for the full two-day event, or book at the door.