We’re not just business people with important titles. We’re music lovers just like you. Each of the 13 people who sit on the board of directors is as passionate about the future of the music industry as you are.
We’re fully invested in the success of all our artists. Especially when it comes to our home-brewed South African talent who are making musical waves locally and all around the world.
BA Music (Zululand), BA (Hons) History of Music (Wits), Higher Diploma in Personnel Management. Sibongile is a former head of FUBA’s music department (The Federated Union of Black Arts) and the Funda Arts Centre’s Coordinator. She has worked with various artistic institutes including the Madimba Institute of African Music and served on the board of Opera Africa. Sibongile won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music in 1993, and FNB Vita Award in 1999 and multiple SAMA awards. She has recorded numerous albums and performed worldwide in leading roles. She is involved with the Khongisa Academy for the Performing Arts and in 2007 founded the Khabi Mngoma Foundation to fundraise for Khongisa. Sibongile is the Chairperson of the Association of South African Business Women in the Arts (SABWA). In the last few years she has honed her skills as a producer, ensuring a legacy for future young singers.
MAP+ (Henley), BTh (World Harvest Seminary), Executive Coaching and Behavioural Change Cert (University of Reading UK), MBA – Music Business and Creative Industries -current (Henley). Abe has been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, he has held leadership posts for the past 14 years ranging from being an entrepreneur in Media, to being instrumental in setting up two TV channels and other electronic media. He is an awarded composer, CEO of a publishing company, Founder and Executive Chairman of a commercial Radio station and a creator of successful TV shows. His work has seen him establish meaningful stakeholder relations in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Malawi in setting up media content sources to feed the broadcast channels thereby exposing a great deal of African talent to 46 countries in Africa to date and growing. Abe is a notable keynote speaker, multi-instrumentalist and a keen follower of new Leadership thought and business trends across a range of industries. He is also a member of the African Christian Media (ACM).
Abe is also an ordained Canon- Priest of the Zoe Bible Church in South Africa with over 20 branches nationally.
B Com (University of Wits), B Compt (Hons) (UNISA) Gregory completed his articles with Aitken and Carter before joining Standard Bank in its International Division. He moved on to become financial manager of African Life Assurance and was later deployed in the group to manage Operations. He joined SAMRO in 2006 to head up the operations Division. He was Chief Operations Officer of SAMRO from 2008 until 2011. He has since been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of SAMRO.
John is a music publisher with 43 years experience and has been a composer/singer for 50 years, many of those as a professional musician in many countries including Holland, the UK, USA and Australasia. He represented South Africa at the World Song Festival in Japan in 1970. John was managing director of Gallo Music from 1968 to 1985. John is also the CEO of Roan Antelope Music, Chairman of the Leeuwpoort Farmers Union, a member of Wildlife Ranching SA and the Founder and Chairman of Leeuwpoort Raptor Conservancy.
Sipho is a professional composer and musician with experience throughout the industry. He has toured internationally and has performed in many countries including the United States, Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Belarus. Sipho is a trustee of the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts and former chairman of the SAMRO Retirement Annuity Fund. He also held a post on the FUBA Music School board, was the owner-manager of Kippies jazz club, was a member of the Music Industry Task Team (MITT) and a member of the National Arts Council of the Department of Arts and Culture. He also served on the board of the Soweto Old Age Home.
B Mus (cum laude), M Mus (cum laude), D Mus (Pretoria), D Ed (Honorary – Pretoria), L.T.C.L. F.T.C.L. U.P.L.M L.R.S.M. (Performers Licentiate – Royal Schools of Music) Jeanne has held academic posts for thirty-five years and has performed as an accompanist for many choirs and singers. She was head of the Performing Arts Workshop from 1983 to 1986 and has also been involved in initiatives for both curriculum development and concerts of South African music and composition workshops. She was a visiting Professor, artist and composer-in-residence in the USA, in Ohio and New York, attending festivals and conferences as a composer and lecturer.
B Com (Hons), MBA, Diploma in Company Direction Jerry has well over twenty years experience in the financial services and asset management industry and has held various senior roles, including that of marketing and strategy director. Jerry has headed up Stanlib’s Institutional Distribution from 1 November 2010 and is currently attending SAMRO board meetings by invitation, serving as an independent.
Acclaimed songwriter and international performing artist, Joe Niemand has released eight albums to date. Hailed as one of South Africa’s most promising talents, this award-winning tunesmith’s music has been heard in more than 98 countries worldwide. With a career that includes Theatre, Film music, commercial songwriting, music producing, publishing and managing his label Nomansland, Joe is passionate about the South African music industry and what we have to offer the world.
With Gold and Platinum albums Joe is a prolific artist in his own right and has released 5 albums in the past 4 years as well as co -producing the hit musical Ester Die Musical at the State Theatre, for which he wrote the music and starred in as well. In 2012 Joe produced one of the biggest shows in SA history with the celebration of the last ten years of his career, which included a symphony orchestra and a 500 voice mass choir. The concert called "Night of Light" was captured from 36 angles on a massive stage built in the middle of the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg. A film version of the concert was released in movie theaters country wide.
Mr Loyiso Bala is one of the most recognisable and passionate people in the South African music fraternity. Loyiso has always made his mark in the industry. From his school days as a member of the prestigeous Drakensberg Boys Choir, to his subsequent success as a solo artist, Loyiso has broken through to become the king of R&B in this country.
With 5 SAMAs, 3 Metro FM Awards and a SAFTA for best musical score under his belt, Loyiso’s achievements are as varied as they are impressive. His solo career is littered with highlights such as Girl Without A Name and Gimme. He has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Brian McKnight, Elton John, Will Smith and Akon. Performing alongside Alicia Keys and The Black Eyed Peas in the 2010 Fifa World Cup Opening Ceremony. He has been applauded by icons such as Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and many more.
His achievements go beyond the stage as an ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664, Cotlands, the Smile Foundation and the South African Field Band Foundation. He also serves as Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
SAMRO is privildged to benefit from the passion, inspiration and creative flair of Loyiso Bala. He brings with him not only musical talent and an intuitive understanding of the business, but also lends his credibility as a respected representative of South African musicians everywhere.
Studied music at School 1962 – 1973 (Theory and Piano) and again 1978 – 1982 (Orchestral Percussion & Brass Arrangement) and has been composing since the age of 11 on Piano and Guitar, including Chords, Melody and Lyrics. Multi-Instrumentalist (Keyboards, Guitars, Bass, Drums/Percussion) In 1976 Gabi a became a professional musician (Keyboards) and played the Hotel Circuit in South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe etc. and toured with various Bands during the 70’s and 80’s. In 1989 he became a producer and has produced more than 50 Albums in Genres including Mbaqanga, Kwaito, Jazz, Classical, House, Rock, Pop and Hip-Hop.
He has won three Multiple-Platinum Awards, two Platinum Awards, four Gold Awards and received multiple SAMA Awards for Artists Produced. In addition has won two consecutive SAMA Song of the Year Awards (2000 / 2001) as Co-composer and Producer, a SAMA Song of the Decade Nomination (Co-composed and Produced “Nkalakatha” by Mandoza). Multiple SAMA Nominations for Artists Produced and a SAMA Nomination in 1997 as Solo Artist.
Gabi has produced and worked with top SA Music Icons, including: Mandoza, Busi Mhlongo, Ringo Madlingosi, Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lebo Mathosa, Kabelo & Magesh, Chiskop, Thembi Seete, Mapaputsi, Brown Dash, Danny K, Die Heuwels Fantasties and many more. He is also the Co-Owner and Creative Director of Kaleido-Media, a turnkey multi-media company in Cape Town.
The self-styled king of kwaito, Arthur Mafokate was born in Lebowakgomo, outside of Polokwane, Limpopo. His family later moved to Chiawelo, Soweto. There Arthur dreams of becoming an entertainer and musician began to be realised. As an accomplished dancer, he became a backing dancer for top artists such as Brenda Fassie, Monwa and Son, Johnny Mokhali, etc. Through dancing he was able to be closer to his dream of being a musician as it allowed him to get a feel of the atmosphereon stage and to work with established musicians. Amongst his first songs, was a song titled ‘Vuvuzela’ which was released in 1994.
He followed up in 1995 with a hit titled ‘Kaffir’. While these songs were not notable musically for spearheading a new genre of music, their lyrics reflected the new freedoms that emerged after the political changes of 1994. Due to his success a lot of aspiring and up and coming artists from rural villages and townships decided to work with Arthur to launch their music careers and enjoy success in their endeavours.
This led to Arthur establishing a music publisher and record label known as 999 Music. 999 Music has produced, published and launch the careers of solo artists and groups such as Supasta, Bambezela, Doom Sugar, Tall & Slender, Papa Jeff, Pinky Pinky, AbaShante, New School, Lira, Purity, Speedy, Makhendlas, Brenda Fassie, Scamtho, Helela, Iyaya, Mouze, Ishmael, Mshoza, Zombo, Zulu, Chafkop, and Stitch. Arthur was recognised for his contribution to kwaito at the 2007 South African Music
Awards. Arthur is involved in a number of initiatives to develop and nurture South African music. He is currently doing a talent search, and this initiative is sponsored by the national Department of Arts and Culture.