Beat Bulletin August 2017

Beat Bulletin August 2017

Dear SAMRO Member

Welcome to the latest edition of the Beat Bulletin. Spring is upon us and we are excited to be dancing to the rhythm of the African sun again!

With some 15 000 members, SAMRO is the largest music copyright administrator on the continent, with 56 years of protecting the rights of musicians, authors and composers. It’s through continued perseverance, hard work, leadership, strong partnerships, our talented members and a deep understanding of the copyright, and music industry that we have achieved this momentous growth. 

Likewise, we encourage our members to take the business of music seriously too, to be curious about the music industry and their role in it. This is your livelihood and your legacy – take an interest in it, keep up with the evolution of music and empower yourself with information so you can avoid being exploited.

In this issue we feature Afro-pop sensation Zamajobe, who returns from a four-year hiatus with a sultry new single, ‘Sobabili’. We’ve also got some tips on getting your music playlisted, whether you are signed to a big record label or are an independent artist doing it on your own.

September is indeed a busy month, with plenty of networking opportunities. We get into the business of music with the KZN Music Imbizo, a fast-growing annual international music business conference and exhibition, as well as the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition - Africa’s premier music industry event that aims to broaden the business intelligence of music industry professionals and strengthen business networks. If you are in Durban or Johannesburg, don’t miss out!

The SAMRO Foundation is proud to announce the successful applicants in the June 2017 round of the Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund. Still on a celebratory note, we congratulate all the 2017 SAMRO Foundation Overseas Scholarship semi-finalists who competed and the overall winners, Megan-Geoffrey Prins (Western Art Music) and Ntando Ngcapu (Jazz), who each walk away with a R200 000 scholarship to pursue their postgraduate music studies or professional development overseas.

We’ve also picked some cool spring gigs that you can attend and usher in the new season, many of which will hopefully be outdoors.


Tiyani Maluleke
GM: Marketing

Concerts SA’s Music Mobility Fund selects 16 music tours

The SAMRO Foundation has announced the successful applicants in the June 2017 round of the Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund.

In the latest round of funding, a total of 16 live music tour applications by South African musicians were successful and will be supported in South Africa (10 tour projects) and in the SADC region (six tour projects).

Since its inception in 2013, the Music Mobility Fund has supported more than 150 tours through eight funding rounds, including artists like Freshlyground, Tu Nokwe, Tlokwe Sehume, Lindiwe Maxolo, DJ Lag, Wendy Oldfield and Madala Kunene.

The Music Mobility Fund has enabled more than 600 musicians to tour across all South African provinces as well as 10 countries in southern Africa (Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and Madagascar), playing almost 800 shows to over 50 000 people, spanning genres from jazz to indigenous music, from folk to hip-hop, kwaito and gqom.

The projects selected for regional touring in the June 2017 round are:

  • Asanda Mqiki’s septet tour from Port Elizabeth to Maputo;
  • Nine-piece Durban-based band Blvck Crystals’ first regional tour to Mozambique;
  • Drummer Bernice Boikanyo’s quintet performances in Zambia and the Karibu Festival (Tanzania);
  • Percussionist Tlale Makhene’s one-month album launch tour, presenting Swazi Gold across Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique;
  • Saxophonist Sisonke Xonti premiering his debut album, Iyonde, in Lesotho;
  • Pianist Thandi Ntuli presenting her second album in Mozambique, Tanzania and Swaziland. Ntuli was also semi-finalist in the Jazz category of the 2017 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition.

This round’s recipients for national touring support are Michael Ferguson, Lucas Senyatso, Bheki Khoza, Mabuta, Pedro Espi-Sanchis’s XyloFun, Andile Yenana’s Beyond Octave Trends, Pool’s Rhythm Analysis collaboration (Kesivan Naidoo & Silo “Elektradam” Andrian), African Rhythm Productions, Kinsmen and Bombshelter Beast.

Concerts SA Project Manager Violet Maila says: “This latest round of the Music Mobility Fund received 141 applications from established and emerging musicians from across the music spectrum. With the quality of submissions increasing year on year, the task of selection was extremely difficult for our dedicated panellists. The thought and organisation evident in the submissions made was inspiring, and we wish all successful applicants safe travels and enriching tours!”

Former grant recipient Msaki says: “Having Concerts SA as a partner, collaborator and advisor through the Mobility Fund has been powerful and freeing. Every independent musician knows that hitting the road is a challenge but when you have a 10-piece band, challenge might not be the most accurate word.”

“Concerts SA gave me the power of logistical problem solving. And since we performed at Bushfire in Swaziland as part of our tour, other festivals have booked us after seeing us there – a watershed career-changing opportunity, made possible by the Music Mobility Fund.”

The Music Mobility Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation. It receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway.

How to package and submit music to radio stations for airplay

Whether you are signed to a big record label or are an independent artist doing it all by yourself, one of the most important aspects in any musician’s career is getting their musical creations playlisted on radio stations across the land.

While there’s no guaranteed formula for getting your music picked up by radio stations, there are a few aspects to consider before submitting your songs. Here are some tips:

  • Get to know who the music compilers are. It’s important to note that the person responsible for selecting music for airplay at a radio station is the head of music, alongside a music committee, whose duty is to go through submitted music and make a decision on which tracks are appropriate for their station. The music committee is usually comprised of radio station employees, who decide which songs to play and where they can be placed in the station’s daily schedule.
  • Do your research. Before you send your music to any station, you need to draw up a list of all the stations that playlist the style/genre of music you make. It doesn’t help to send your songs to stations that do not play your type of music.
  • Package your music. Presentation is everything. The best way to package music for radio is to prepare:
    • A physical promo package that can be posted or delivered to the desired station; or
    • An electronic press kit (EPK) that can be emailed or file-shared.

Whatever packaging option you choose, make sure that it is professionally presented and that all your information is clear, complete, concise and correct. You don’t want a music compiler to like your song, only to be unable to figure out who it belongs to.

Note that the press kit can be a full-length album, an extended play (EP) recording or a single. Full-length albums are preferable because stations are able to go through all the songs and choose those that best fit their audience profile and programming. But if an artist does not have a full album, they can submit a single or EP.

Your package should include WAV file or MP3 of 320Kbps quality, as well as a biography, contact details, details of online portals (website and social media accounts), and links to music videos and live performances, if available. The music must be properly labelled.

  • Email or post? In this age of technology, we reckon emailing the package is the best option as the postal method takes time to reach the station and is not as reliable. If you opt to submit an EPK, websites such as Soundcloud, Mediafire and Sendspace operate legal file-sharing services that allow music compilers to download your music without having to worry about viruses and other safety issues.
  • Do I need connections? There’s no need to be “connected” to get your music considered for playlisting at any radio station. Anyone can submit their music and if it suits the station’s music policy and programming, then it should be picked up.
  • Quality versus quantity? Submitting low-quality audio is a big no-no. The better the quality of your submission, the more likely it is to be received positively by the music committee. Referencing your tracks against high-quality examples from the same genre is a good way to assess how strong your composition is. This will help you gauge if your songs are radio ready. 
  • Patience is a virtue. Once you have submitted your music, you need to be patient because as you can imagine, radio stations receive loads of submissions on a daily basis, so it may be a while before you get feedback. Allow for a few days before following up.

Moshito - Africa’s premier music conference, poised to light up Newtown

The 14th annual Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition takes place from 6 to 9 September 2017 at the Newton Music Factory (the former Bassline) in Johannesburg, with the main public event on 7 and 8 September. This year’s theme, Rhythms of the Ancient, looks at how the ancient rhythms and indigenous sounds of African music still find resonance in today’s music, be it gqom, hip-hop, jazz, soul or Shangaan electro.

Since 2004, Moshito has established itself as Africa's premier music industry event. Its aim is to broaden the business intelligence of music industry professionals in Africa, strengthen business networks for participants, and inform delegates, traders and the public about the multifaceted and dynamic nature of the global music industry.

SAMRO has been in full support of the music conference since the event’s inception, and this year is no different. Promising to be bigger and better than ever, Moshito 2017 has lined up a series of interesting topics, showcases and concerts where music industry practitioners, musicians, festival promoters, booking agents, music managers and exhibitors. More than 16 international music markets will come together to interact, discover talent and strike music business deals necessary for the growth of the creative industries.

With more than 70 panellists, Moshito 2017 is poised to be the place where music meets business and business meets music.

Be sure to pop into the exhibition marquee and visit the SAMRO stand, and get to know more about the largest copyright administrator in Africa. The conference is scheduled for 8:00AM to 6:00PM each day. For more information, please visit

Zamajobe returns from a four-year break with ‘Sobabili’

After a four-year recording hiatus, Zamajobe has made an emphatic comeback into the music scene with her latest single, ‘Sobabili’.

The five-time South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominee unveiled the new song – the lead single off her upcoming album, exclusively on Metro FM’s breakfast show, hosted by Somizi and DJ Fresh.

Zamajobe told the radio hosts about her journey back into the spotlight, saying she felt her return had been long overdue – especially taking into account the cries from her music-starved fans.

Since its reveal, the single has done the rounds and is on high rotation on some of the country’s top radio stations. It has also already charted in the top 10 on stations such as Gagasi FM, only two weeks after its release.

Without a doubt, Zamajobe’s comeback has not only surprised those who’ve waited for her, but has also sparked a lot of conversation around her long-anticipated return.

According to the Idols SA alum, the response to the sultry ‘Sobabili’ has been overwhelming. This is what the songstress had to say: “I couldn’t be happier that the single is so well received, especially now that I am [an] independent [artist].” Judging by this single, one can only imagine what the rest of the album could have in store.

‘Sobabili’ is available for download and streaming on all leading digital stores such as Apple Music and Google Music.

KZN Music Imbizo poised to take over Moses Mabhida Stadium

The KZN Music Imbizo is a fast-growing annual international music business conference and exhibition. The conference gathers various stakeholders under one roof to map the way forward for the music industry on the African continent. It is a platform to exhibit, network, and share expertise and knowledge.

With each year’s event getting bigger and better, 2017 will see the ninth edition of the KZN Music Imbizo taking place at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium from 31 August to 2 September. The conference was founded by Siphephelo Mbhele and Sibusiso Tsewu in 2009 and has become regarded as an important networking platform for the African music industry.

Over the years, it has hosted prominent figures like Professor Joseph Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Monte Malone (senior vice-president of MUSEXPO, United States), Jess White (Azgo Festival, Mozambique), Nothando Migogo (the then-CEO of CAPASSO, currently SAMRO CEO), Karabo Motijoane (general manager of Sheer Publishing), musician Sibongile Khumalo and Seymour Stein (vice-president of Warner Bros in the US).

Brands, organisations and corporates represented include SAMRO (South Africa), NASCAM (Namibia), Botswana International Music Conference (Botswana), Phonofile (Norway), Music Ally (United Kingdom) and Music Indaba (US).

André le Roux, the Managing Director of the SAMRO Foundation, is one of the speakers at this year’s event.

Objectives of the KZN Music Imbizo

  • Provide a platform for cultural and business exchange on the continent.
  • Network with the music industry on business matters and guide new entrepreneurs into the music industry.
  • Showcase the high quality of skills and services on offer on the continent, from music production to event planning.
  • Develop and export talent from the continent.
  • Encourage intercontinental travel and collaborations.
  • Build an understanding of common issues that affect the African music industry.
  • Establish a platform for the industry to interact with government, corporates and the media.
  • Establish a platform for big corporates to do business with the music industry.
  • Expose the government stakeholders to national and international opportunities.
  • Provide business-to-business networking and mentorship.
  • Provide music industry-wide music business research.
  • Assist in creating a sustaining music industry on the continent that is run by knowledgeable entrepreneurs.

So, if you’re an aspiring musician or want to learn more about the business of music, be sure to get down to Moses Mabhida Stadium and visit the SAMRO exhibition stand, to learn from and network with the industry’s best.

A KZN Music Imbizo delegate pass costs R300, and there is a free visitor pass that is limited to the exhibition space plus the equipment demo sessions (register for this pass at the venue). The conference is open from 10:00AM to 6:00PM on 31 August and 1 September, and from 10:00AM to 5:00PM on 2 September. For more information, visit

SAMRO music ambassadors stake their claim on greatness

African music was the biggest winner as two new kings of the keys were crowned during the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition on 26 August 2017.

After a thrilling final round of piano performances at UNISA’s ZK Matthews Hall in Pretoria, Soweto-born Ntando Ngcapu (26) was named winner of the Jazz category and Megan-Geoffrey Prins (27) from Riversdale in the Western Cape came up tops in the Western Art Music category.

The evening was also a celebration of South African music and a rallying call to forge an authentic African musical identity, with the premiere of three new homegrown compositions, various other South African compositions and powerful musical tributes to the late Ray Phiri and Johnny Mekoa.

Prins, who is studying towards his Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will receive a R200 000 scholarship to help fund his studies. He also received R10 000 for the best performance of a prescribed work in his category.

Ngcapu is a Tshwane University of Technology graduate and will be able to use his R200 000 award to further his postgraduate studies or professional development abroad.

The runners-up were Nicholas Williams (31) from Cape Town and Willem de Beer (25) from Pretoria, in the Jazz and Western Art Music categories, respectively, who will each received R70 000. Williams was also awarded R10 000 for the best performance of a prescribed Jazz composition.

In addition to their own choice of repertoire, both finalists performed a SAMRO-commissioned composition by local composer Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, ‘Catch Me if You Can’, designed to test the technical prowess of the pianist as well as their interpretative ability.

Jazz pianist and former SAMRO scholarship winner André Petersen provided the commissioned work for the Jazz finalists, an ode to his wife titled ‘For Chan’.

In the Western Art Music section, two subsidiary awards went to semi-finalist Lourens Fick, a Master’s student at the University of Stellenbosch – the SAMRO/Flink Award of R30 000 and the merit award of R10 000. The SAMRO/Fishers Award of R6 500 went to University of Cape Town graduate Bronwyn van Wieringen, who is embarking on a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In the Jazz category, TUT student Teboho Kobedi scooped the R8 000 SAMRO/De Waal Study Award, Gauteng music professional Lifa Arosi won the R10 000 merit award, and UCT graduate Elizabeth Gaylord received the SAMRO/Fishers Award of R6 500.

Former SAMRO scholarship winner Bokani Dyer’s rousing ‘I Am an African’ jazz composition, based on the seminal speech by former president Thabo Mbeki, also premiered during the scholarships finals.

In keeping with the “I Am” theme, SAMRO Foundation Managing Director André le Roux said indigenous African music (also referred to as IAM) would be the strategic focus for the SAMRO Foundation in the coming years.

Included in this is the development of the SAMRO Online Archive, a digital music portal that will enable South African composers’ scores to be accessible by a global audience, promoting the broader performance of their work.

Another SAMRO Foundation initiative will document the region’s indigenous musical heritage by transcribing recordings of fading cultures into musical scores that will be available for analysis, performance and study throughout the world.

Gig Guide

The ZolaSoul Train
Date(s): 1 September @ 8pm
Venue: Afrikan Freedom Station, JHB
Tickets: R80 at the door

Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition
Date(s): 6 – 9 September
Venue: Various
Tickets: Full Package (R550), Student Package (R350), Conference Package (R200) – via

KZN Music Imbizo
Dates(s): 31 August – 2 September
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium Presidential Suites, DBN
Tickets: R300 via WebTickets

Nomfusi: African Day album launch
Date(s): 19 September
Venue: The Orbit, JHB
Tickets: R100 at the door