CEO of SAMRO – Mark Rosin to give keynote address at Music Exchange on 5th Nov

In a major coup for Cape Town the CEO for SAMRO is speaking at #MEX22 on Sat 5th Nov

Mark Rosin is the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

Rosin assumed the top position in February 2020. Mark will speak about SAMRO and the Road map forward – The detailed Programme is below

Mark Rosin
Mark Rosin

Mark holds an LLB specialising in corporate, media and entertainment law from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Rosin’s career in media and entertainment spans more than three decades, during which he has represented South African and international music industry clients in litigation and commercial matters. As an attorney he represented music publishers, composers, recording artists, recording companies, live concert promoters and visiting international artists.

From 2011 until the first quarter of 2019, Rosin was employed by eMedia Investments, home of, eNCA and Openview in various roles, holding the position of Group Chief Operating Officer since 2014.

Prior to his appointment at SAMRO, he was operating as a freelance legal and business affairs consultant.

Under Mark’s leadership, SAMRO has seen a significant increase in revenue from music users, in part because SAMRO signed more favourable contracts with them. This has resulted in higher royalty payouts to our members.

Special Celebration with Sipho Mabuse 11 Nov 2022 at Leano Restaurant

Special Celebration with Sipho Mabuse 11 Nov 2022 at Leano Restaurant
Special Celebration with Sipho Mabuse 11 Nov 2022 at Leano Restaurant

An extraordinary gathering, down memory lane as we celebrate the LEGEND’s birthday with Sipho Mabuse.

Sipho is regarded as a multi-instrumentalist with a charismatic presence, for more than 50 years …  Come honour the man  for  his pioneering contribution to the music industry.

Venue:  Leano Restaurant & Live Music – 81 De korte Street Johannesburg 

Friday 11th November 2022 – 7.30pm 

Tickets from Quicket or the door.

MEX22 set to welcome Marc Marot, the former Managing Director of Island Records 

South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme returns to Cape Town between Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of November 2022, at the Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE) – with one of the world’s most respected names in the business, Marc Marot.

One week later, the conference moves to Johannesburg on Saturday, the 12th and Sunday, the 13th of November, at ASE JHB to further amplify its broader intent to connect and covert conversations into commercial success for all in attendance. 

Celebrating its 12th-anniversary MUSIC EXCHANGE 2022 (#MEX22), is proud to announce no less than two multi-disciplined masters, all highly sought-after and hugely respected entertainment industry moguls and speakers, who will be jetting in as special guests of South Africa’s definitive entertainment economy indaba.

Delivering this year’s keynote address, along with Dr Trevor Jones, is Marc Marot.

Marc Marot

Marc began his professional career in 1982 as the ‘Professional Manager’ of UK Independent music publisher, Eaton Music ltd, working with film composers George Fenton, Carl Davis and Henry Mancini and pop groups including Status Quo.

He was appointed Managing Director of Chris Blackwell’s Blue Mountain Music in 1984, working with U2 and the reggae catalogue, amongst others. 

He had his first international #1 single with “Pump Up the Volume”.

Marc’s publishing signings include, amongst many others, Massive Attack, De La Soul, Julia Fordham, and Shakespeare’s Sister (Marcy Levy).

He headed every division of Island until Marc was appointed MD of Island Records in 1990, the youngest MD in the UK music industry at the time.

Amongst the Artists signed and developed by his team while at Island Records were:


PJ Harvey

The Stereo MCs

P.M. Dawn

The Cranberries


Chaka Demus and Pliers


The Orb

Ice Cube

Talvin Singh


Nine Inch Nails

During his tenure as Island Records MD, Island artists won the prestigious Mercury Music Record of the Year prize three times, and ten Island albums were short-listed. Artists signed during the period have subsequently gone on to win 25% of all the prizes awarded in the 20-year history of the competition.

He 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.

In 1998 he introduced Bono to the concept of Third World debt relief via his involvement in the ‘Jubilee 2000’ campaign and oversaw the ‘drop the debt’ initiative from within the music industry. Bono has subsequently thanked him on both the stage of the MTV awards and whilst addressing the UN council chamber in New York.

To date, acts discovered or managed by him have notched up 38 Top 10 singles, including 18 #1 singles in the UK charts. He has been responsible for more than a million album sales in one form, including his 10 years of direct international responsibility for U2’s marketing and sales.

Upon leaving Island records in 2000, he produced and oversaw the design and implementation of the multi-award winning, following a successful $5M fundraise. remains one of the most successful music sites on the web, with over 1.4 million registered users and 140 000 subscription-paying customers.

Since setting up his first management company Terra Firma Ltd, his clients have included:

Richard Ashcroft

Lemon Jelly

Audio Bullys

Paul Oakenfold

Yusuf Islam (formally known as Cat Stevens). Islam’s comeback album, Another Cup, sold 850,000 copies worldwide under his supervision.

Marc acted as music supervisor and (music) producer on many film soundtracks, from Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning, and In the Name of the Father (client Trevor Jones and Bono), to the soundtrack for Notting Hill, which sold over four million copies.

He also signed a soundtrack deal for Guy Richie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, which sold over a million copies worldwide.

In 2007, he was appointed as the exclusive music supervisor of the Isle of Man government’s film fund’s commercial arm, CinemaNX. 

Recent credits have included the award-winning films Heartless, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Me, and Orson Welles and the 2011 box-office record-breaker, TT3D Closer to The Edge, one of the UK’s highest-grossing cinema documentaries to date.

While managing Paul Oakenfold, he worked on eight #1 USA box office movies, including The Matrix, Swordfish and Collateral.

In 2008 he sold his management company to Dutch-based ‘Sports Entertainment Group (SEG), accepting the position of CEO.

The company managed over 400 athletes, including former UK premier division football superstars Robin Van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen and 25 entertainers, including The Noisettes, Leftfield, William Orbit, Gabriella Cilmi, and Billy Ocean, as well as emerging UK talents ShyFX, and Breakage.

In January 2012, he resigned from SEG and accepted the position of Executive Chairman of The Crown Talent and Media Group Ltd.

The company exclusively managed the careers of several highly influential artists and athletes, as well as interests in artist management, music publishing, touring, event management, TV and film production and a model agency.

Marc had around 100 personalities under management, including Ella Henderson, Union J, Luke Friend, Becky Hill, Tamera Foster, TV presenters Susy Perry (BBC) and Hayley McQueen (SKY), as well as former Formula One™ Driver Max Chilton. His football management wing had 49 players under management.

All of which guarantees an opening address delegates will relish while setting the tone and celebrating the gravitas of MEX22’s promise to deliver content and conversation beyond compare.

With more names to be revealed in the build-up to #MEX22, this year’s conference looks to be its most significant and engaging one 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.

Tickets sales are now open and available from Ticketmaster 

For more information, contact: Martin Myers @

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at 70 at Snatch 32 Saturday 10th September

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at 70 at Snatch 32 Saturday 10th September
Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at 70 at Snatch 32 Saturday 10th September

Get ready to experience the legendary Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at 70 at Snatch 32

Ticket link

What better way to spend listening to and letting Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and The Hotband take you on a musical journey of the hits and songs that have shaped the lexicon that is South African music?

At 70, Sipho is more vital than ever. His music has featured in the December 2021 summer campaign for MTN. He also made the cover, including a 16-page feature in the Jan/Feb issue GQ Magazine, and was awarded a GQ Lifetime Achievement Award the month before.

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,

David Mabaso on bass,

Lloyd “toto” Mbele on keys

and the man of the moment, Sipho Mabuse on vocals and saxophone.

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse to perform at concert for refugees

from IOL by Chulumanco Mahamba

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse performing at Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s benefit concert called The Mother Tour: A journey of an African Woman. Picture : Neil Baynes
Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse performing at Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s benefit concert called The Mother Tour: A journey of an African Woman. Picture: Neil Baynes

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.

The Star

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse for 12th August show at the Linder Auditorium and changing the refugee narrative

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.