In the build-up to #MEX22 this November, Music Exchange (MEX) is proud to reveal the first of what will be no less than 12 keynote addresses from some of the world’s most respected creatives and captains of industry.
Now in its 12th year, #MEX22 will also be heading out on tour to deliver masterclasses from some of the biggest names in the business in Cape Town (5 and 6 November) and Johannesburg (12 and 13 November), both hosted by the Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE).
Dr Trevor Jones, one of the Top 5 film composers in the world, returns home from the UK to open #MEX22 for a second time. Having recently received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cape Town, Jones will deliver invaluable insights into his rich catalogue of award-winning compositions while unpacking music for film, television, gaming and spoken word.
He has worked on numerous well-known and acclaimed films, including Notting Hill, Excalibur, Runaway Train, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Mississippi Burning, The Last of the Mohicans, and In the Name of the Father, collaborating with filmmakers like John Boorman, Andrei Konchalovsky, Jim Henson, and Michael Mann. Record breaker
Marc Marot, ex-Island Records Managing Director, is the second of #MEX22’s highly esteemed international keynote speakers.
Marc will take #MEX22 delegates on a journey that saw him promoted as the youngest Managing Director of a major record label at 29. Amongst the artists signed and developed by his team, while at Island Records were Pulp, PJ Harvey, The Stereo MCs, P.M. Dawn, The Cranberries, Elbow, Chakka Demus and Pliers, NWA, The Orb, Ice Cube, Talvin Singh, Tricky and Nine Inch Nails.
Marc also guided U2’s career throughout the 1990s, from the release of Achtung Baby to just before the release of All You Can’t Leave Behind, selling close to 60 million albums in the process.
To date, acts discovered or managed by him have notched up 38 Top Ten singles, including 18 Number One singles in the UK charts.
In one form or another, Marc has been responsible for more than 100,000,000 album sales, including his ten years of direct international responsibility for U2’s marketing and sales.
With more names to be revealed in the build-up to #MEX22, this year’s conference looks to be its most significant and engaging yet.
With thought leaders and activators from the worlds of art, radio, poetry, production, streaming services, record companies and live eventing, #MEX22 has all the bases covered to deliver, share, and empower everyone who takes up a ticket to attend.
Stay tuned to our website to get the latest updates.
Joburg – On August 12, the Turquoise Harmony Institute (THI) is expected to bring hope, awareness and advocacy to South Africa and the African continent’s refugees in its third award winning concert.
The THI said the concert aimed to raise awareness of the plight of the numerous people on the African continent and around the world who have been chased from their homes, forgotten and misplaced by others. The concert also aims to celebrate those who overcame the challenges of being forced to be a stranger in other countries.
The concert will feature leading artists including Msaki, one of South Africa’s most legendary musical talents Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, PJ Powers, Thandi Ntuli, Pops Mohamed, Neill Solomon, Rocksteady Dub, Bienvenue Nseka and Lebo Mashile.
“Having come from a Struggle past and having been associated with many of my colleagues who were refugees in other countries and understanding the pain of being in exile, I felt that we have to be conscious about how we relate to refugees as the people of South Africa,” Mabuse told The Star on Wednesday.
The legendary musician said it was very important to consider how South Africans view themselves vis-à-vis the refugee status of others.
“I have always believed that we are quite generous people and it’s very important that we take that position of opening ourselves up. If you haven’t had the experience of what a refugee has lived like then you cannot be in the position to make judgement of how we should deal with that,” Mabuse said.
“We cannot turn a blind eye on the status of refugees in this country.”
The executive director of THI, Ayhan Cetin said the institute wanted people to think “what if I was in their shoes, what would life look like? Could I face the sometimes insurmountable challenges and daily struggles they face?”.
“With these concerts our aim is to reframe the refugee experience, shifting the debate away from refugee statistics and refocusing on the attitudes of those who may not be sure who refugees even are, creating connections through common experiences and increased understanding,” said Cetin.
Mabuse said people should not only come to the concert to celebrate with the artists and be entertained.
“People must also come because they will be making a statement about their position vis-à-vis the refugees. While they pay the money for tickets and enjoy the music, their consciousness must be above the money and the music,” the icon said.
The concerts which include South Africa’s top acts both live and live streamed online will take place from 7pm to 9:30pm at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown on Friday, August 12.
This August the Turquoise Harmony Institute (THI) will once again bring hope, awareness and advocacy to country’s and continent’s refugees in their third award winning concert at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg, On Friday 12 August 2022 from 19:00 to 21:30.
Some of South Africa’s top acts will be featuring, the event will be both live and live streamed online.
THI aims to raise awareness of the plight of the numerous people on the African Continent and around the world who have been chased from their homes, forgotten, and misplaced by others, and to celebrate those who superhumanly overcame the challenges of being forced to be a stranger in another’s country.
The concert will feature leading artists including Msaki, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, PJ Powers,Thandi Ntuli, Pops Mohamed, Neill Solomon, Rocksteady Dub, Bienvenue Nseka and Lebo Mashile.
During the evening leading SA composer Neill Solomon’s new song Homeland, produced by JB Arthur will be publicly launched.
“We want people to think ‘what if I was in their shoes, what would life look like? Could I face the sometimes insurmountable challenges and daily struggles they face?’. With these concerts our aim to reframe the refugee experience, shifting the debate away from refugee statistics and refocusing on the attitudes of those who may not be sure who refugees even are, creating connections through common experiences and increased understanding,” says Ayhan Cetin, Executive Director of Turquoise Harmony Institute.
The conflict between Russian and Ukraine gave the world a glimpse of the devastation that can be brought to families and their homes by powers beyond their control. Exposed to violence, the elements, and criminals, including human traffickers, the previously productive and healthy citizens found themselves at the coalface of humanity’s evils.
However, Ukraine is not alone in a refugee crisis and many have experienced the horrors of conflict. Often out of the media and as such the public consciousness, Africa has face numerous conflicts, Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Zambia, and even South Africa.
Having come out of Apartheid, South Africa committed to a new era of humanity with Nelson Mandela and celebrated diversity under Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s rainbow nation. Sadly, our efforts did not last, and to other Africans South Africa has become known as a country of intolerance.
For THI this was an unacceptable legacy to promote, for our nation and our generation. They began to work to raise awareness about the challenges of refugees and other forcibly displaced people, by inspiring people through the arts. This culminated in their first concert for refugees in 2019 and again, but online, during the lockdown in 2020
The 2019 concert set a new precedent for social justice workers around the world and THI was awarded the Pioneers in SDGs Project Stakeholders Award at the UNGA Conference in New York. Through awareness and funds raised THI were able to start various projects including the “Social and Economic Integration of Refugee Women in South Africa” in which French-speaking refugees and migrated women who were forcibly displaced from their home countries were given English classes. Following the language classes THI added weeks of skills development classes. Secondly, THI partnered with the Three2Six project in different ways which provides undocumented children an opportunity to continue their studies for Grade 7 and 8 to whom Three2Six provides an opportunity to study until Grade 6.
The second concert was held December 10, 2020, on World Human Rights Day. It was live streamed to audiences around the world. An overwhelming number of people tuned into various social media platforms to enjoy the music and offer support to refugees and other forcibly displaced people in South Africa and around the world. Furthermore THI received
positive feedback from government, private organisations, institutions, and individuals from different walks of society. We do feel grateful for the South Africans’ approach to this issue and for uniting toward the same goal.
Tickets for the show are R200 at webtickets and any amount raised will be used towards helping refugees in South Africa through respected charities like Gift of the Givers, Three to Six schools, and our own programs at the Turquoise Harmony Institute.
Turquoise Harmony Institute (THI)
Started in 2006, Turquoise Harmony Institute (THI) pursues the goal of fostering relations among different faith and cultural traditions to contribute to the well-being of humanity. We encourage and facilitate exchange of views and experiences between different parts of the society and engage in activities that are aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis of affairs affecting the lives of all people. We engaged in many activities in our short history such as conferences, seminars, iftar dinners, intercultural trips, dialogue awards. The aims of these activities include promoting dialogue, tolerance, and understanding among the peoples of South Africa and the world by fostering the universal values such as love , tolerance, democracy, human rights and justice. We strongly believe that the future of humanity should be built on a culture of coexistence, dialogue, and tolerance. Differences should be seen as a strength and that which can serve as multiple opportunities for building an inclusive world.
The plight of refugees and other forcible displaced people has been close to our hearts for many years. People who have been forced from their homes by political, economic violence, or climate change, fled their homelands, and were driven to the limited mercy of other nations fall among the most exposed and vulnerable in the world.
THI aims to create awareness about the social, economic, etc. challenges of the refugees and other forcibly displaced people especially post COVID-19 pandemic, through inspiring people by music. Misinformation and lack of awareness about the issues affecting refugees and people seeking asylum are key factors leading to negative opinions of these groups which ultimately cause xenophobia. THI aims to counteract this misinformation and contribute to social cohesion against xenophobia attacks in South Africa.
Why Sipho at 70? Well, Sipho turned 70 in November 2021, hence the Sipho at 70 tour, along with his sensational six-piece, The Hotband, consisting of :
Thembeka Khumalo (SAMA nominated) on vocals,
Siphiwe Kubheka on drums,
Urban Noblela on guitar,
David Mabaso on bass,
Lloyd “toto” Mbhele on keys
and the man of the moment, Sipho Mabuse on vocals and saxophone.
As former-president President Kgalema Motlanthe wrote on Sipho’s 70th birthday:
My brother Sipho, we have come a long way together, and through your 70 year-long pilgrimage to the highest echelons of social, cultural and artistic eminence, we remember the distinguished milestones of your life and honour this as a moment for all South Africans to consider your pioneering contribution to African music and a global movement of expression.
In a fitting tribute to one of the most iconic figures in South African music history, the Johnny Clegg Tribute Show is on Sunday 17th of July, 2022 at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (Johannesburg), which marks the third anniversary of Johnny’s passing, and will feature some of South Africa’s top performers.
Johnny Clegg had the special quality of being able to unite people across all backgrounds and generations with his music. His music has always been a beacon of hope and inspiration and in a time when South Africans and the world need it the most, the lyrics to Great Heart stand true.
Johnny Clegg captured the hearts of a nation and the tribute concert will feature fellow musicians that will commemorate his life and his musical career. There will also be a dance tribute performed by dancers from Zululand and the local hostels.
“I really have fond memories of Johnny and all the work he did. He adored me and I adored him. Johnny gave so much to the cultural and musical language of this country and it is an honor to be on the bill to pay tribute to a giant “, said Sipho Hotstix Mabuse.
The biggest line-up of performers since ‘Concert in the Park’ to pay tribute to the iconic Johnny Clegg – Some of South Africa’s top performers will come together on one stage, including the likes of lifetime friend Sipho Mchunu, Soweto Gospel Choir, Just Jinjer, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Karen Zoid, Zolani Mahola, Francois van Coke, Majozi, Ross Learmonth, Kurt Darren, Arno Carstens, Jesse Clegg, the Johnny Clegg band, plus others to be announced.
Bright Blue, Ella Mental, and éVoid are especially flying back to South Africa for this event – the last two having performed alongside Johnny at the Ellis Park Stadium iconic Concert in the Park in 1985. Francois van Coke said “I had the privilege of meeting and sharing the stage with Johnny once. His humility really stood out for me. I have been a fan since I can remember and will be a fan forever”
Johnny Clegg – The Tribute Show will take place on Sunday, 17th July 2022 at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (entrance on Thomas Bowler Street). Gates open at 10h00 with performances commencing at 11h00 – 18h00.
Money will be raised at the event for the Click Foundation, supporting ‘The Friends of Johnny Clegg’ charity which was established with Johnny in December 2018.
Multiple award-winning music legends who have produced timeless gems that outlive generations are averse to taking time between recordings and performances to focus on university assignments…more so, at the age 70. It takes an extraordinarily focused person to do the aforementioned. A seismic shift in thinking has to occur for someone, who at the age of 60 goes back to school to finish their matric. It takes an individual to whom self-empowerment is the guiding principle, one whose value of education is more important than having access to money. That’s the story of music maestro, Sipho Cecil Peter “Hotstix” Mabuse. Hotstix completed his matric through Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet) in 2012. He then enrolled for part-time studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa) but was forced to put his studies on hold due to work and family pressure. The dream to further his studies was much stronger than the pressure. He is now pursuing anthropology studies at the University of Joburg (UJ). “I wanted education for the power that information provides. I did not get about to complete my education so as I should find a job, I wanted freedom and the power that comes with knowledge,” Hotstix told The Telegram. A proud child of Soweto, Hotstix still lives in his humble beginnings. He says township life shaped him to be the great icon he is today. He loves being among the people of Pimville. “You’d be amazed as to what inspires me. I’m inspired by ordinary people. Sometimes, we don’t even realise the value that ordinary people bring to our lives. “This whole idea of profiling value as people who are rich, educated and so on, is false. Of course, I wish rich people would add value to our lives, but in truth, it is always the ordinary people who do it best. “I get inspired by people I meet every day and say, “Sawubona bhuti, kunjani?” (Greetings my brother, how are you?),” he beams. With a music career spanning more than 50 years, Hotstix has amassed an enviable number of accolades. He is the recipient of the country’s highest honour bestowed to citizen by the government – the Order of Ikhamanga. The Oder of Ikhamanga in silver was bestowed on him by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018. He belongs to an elite club of South Africa’s world-acclaimed musicians, the likes of Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Caiphus Semenya, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sipho Gumede and Khaya Mahlangu, among others. Despite his immense achievements and fame, he remains humble and accessible. This has earned him impressive admiration from young and old alike. Getting lost for our interview, when we called him for directions, “ask anyone,” he instructed. We did as we were instructed and were delivered to his home. A likable and easy-going person, Hotstix says obnoxious material glitter is a turn off for him. He says it pains him to see how materialism has blinded people. He dislikes it, especially in politics and education. “Everything is about money,” he bemoans. “Politics of materialism has created a big problem. Our people were dedicated to a course of a struggle for the upliftment of the poor, now leaders steal from the same people. “In education, it’s worse. Young people can’t define their purpose outside of money. Why would you want to go to school? What is it that you think you want to achieve? What is the reason for you going to school? Young people are not about creating a path. “I did not go back to school to get money, look for work, or some material gain like that. Nobody was going to employ me, anyway. “For me, it was about something much bigger, it was about getting as much knowledge as possible so I am able to talk with authority on things that can change my own value and that of ordinary people I could reach,” he said. He believes our education objectives are similar to those of apartheid. “We always aspire to be in the higher class, just like they made us think,” he complained. “This system is based on a wrong premise and is destructive to young people. It tells them that if you get education, you will be wealthy. You’re creating a wrong mindset and false expectations. “So, young people go to school knowing this, Yaz’ mina umangiqeda iskolo ngizoba rich (You know, when I finish school, I’ll be rich). “Then, they get disappointed when that light just goes bleaker and bleaker. We need to elevate them outside these walls. “We need to say to them, “find a useful self”, rather than this education that is a pinnacle of false hopes. “Let young people aspire to give their talents and worth to the world. Let’s put them in a position and a level where chances of attainment of their true potential are greater. “We must not fool ourselves to believe that ‘hhayi angeke ngiye esgela’ (I won’t go to school) because I have talent. “Chances of getting a better job, as an educated person, are greater but with the rotten education mindset we rob the young ones their true worth,” said the muso. A father of 12, grandfather of 15 and a great-grandfather to a toddler, Hotstix says he is grateful he went back to school in the manner he did. “It afforded me an opportunity to work for the community. When I completed [my studies], I served on the governing body of the same school. I fought to ensure that the school serviced the community more than just providing classrooms during the day.” He says he lives ekasi for that kind of service to the community. “I am here because I’m conscious. I want to be able to speak about things that I see [around me]. Things that I experienced on a daily basis. If I move out of here, all what’s going to happen is I will have high walls around me and be oblivious to the things that are important. “I will not be able to speak about these things. I’ll be speaking about things under false pretence. Once you are isolated from reality, you can’t speak about it,” he said.