The following delegates were present at the Mozambique Music Meeting 2017. Representing recognised organisations, connected to a very large network of music professionals.
The selected showcasing artists for the MMM 2017 were be able to interact with all the delegates during the Festival via the concerts, conferences, workshops, one-to-one speed-meetings and after-parties and informal occasions.
Brahim El Mazned
Fernando de Sousa
José da Silva
José Luis Cruz
Patrick de Groote
Shabani Ramadhani Hamissi
Native to Guatemala and living in Canada since the second half of the 1980s, Alfredo is the founder of the Sunfest Festival, one of the largest in North America.
Working in the music industry for 25 years, Amanda is part of the founding organisation of the WOMAD festival, created Real World Records with more than 200 titles under her belt and manages the career of none other than the legendary Peter Gabriel.
Beatrice Akakpo has been working in musical projects for the last ten years between France andWest Africa, with particular emphasis in general coordination and issues regarding audience.
Mandated by Zone Franche, she has worked for the Sun art festival and the Africolor festival. She is currently working on arts and cultural education projects through music in Seine Saint Denis.
Slovenian Bogdan Benigar, a law graduate, a board member of the European Forum of World Music and currently a member of the Europe Jazz Network.
Brad Holmes founded Bassline in 1994, originally a small, live music venue in the bohemian suburb of Melville. It rose to prominence as the ultimate live music venue to experience South Africa’s finest Jazz and Afro-beat, branching out by featuring poetry readings, comedy and impromptu jam sessions. It was home for numerous musicians and Jazz fans, and helped launch and enhance the careers of luminaries such as Vusi Mahlasela, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Zim Ngqawana, Paul Hanmer, Jimmy Dludlu and Tumi & The Volume just to name a few.
The Moroccan Brahim is artistic director of the Timitar Festival, which has the function of showing the world culture to his native country. Brahim is part of the jury of the World Music Forum and has organised the African Music Meeting in the Middle East.
Carlos Bartilotti is the director of the Portuguese edition of MIMO Festival. He is also the ambassador of the Sur Le Niger festival in Mali.
Carlos Seixas is Portuguese and works as a producer and director of FMM Sines Festival, besides helping and organising other festivals in Portugal.
Chris Syren began as a musician in Cape Town in the 1980’s as an official member of one of the country’s biggest jazz bands. He is currently a jury member of AFRIMA, which he has been working on since 2014.
Christine has worked closely with major institutions, such as UNESCO, and is today the curator of WOMEX, along with Piranha Arts.
He is the founder of Jazz Fest Sarajevo, international music festival that in past 20 years presented some of the globally most important artist in Sarajevo.
Since 2001 he has published and produced over 40 CDs, DVDs and books, most of them released for Gramofon label which he founded in 2003. In 2009 he started a regional music event called Xenophonia, and in 2012 a regional educational program Music Meeting.
Since 2017 she has worked on a range of projects such as: producer for Jazz ao Centro Clube (JACC) – including “Portugal Jazz – Festival Itinerante de Jazz”, Festival jazz.pt and project manager for JACC records. Stage manager for Festival Músicas do Mundo de Sines and Ollin Khan Portugal. Booking agent of Portuguese bands such as Zé Eduardo Trio, Tim Tim por Tim Tum, Carlos Barretto LOCOMOTIV, ADUF, Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble, Maria João – OGRE, among others. Production manager at “Arte e Manha” club in Lisbon and member of its programme team. Since 2013 she is a business partner at Ao Sul do Mundo, working as a booking agent, manager, producer and promoter.
Post graduate in international trade and promoter since 1997, Fernando collects productions of cultural events in his career. Today he is responsible for the programming of the Casa da Música Foundation.
Born in the Netherlands, Frank is co-founder of Black and Tan Records, was the organizer of the Slagwerk Festival and is currently active in the direction of the Noth Sea Jazz Festival.
The Chilean Giorgio Varas is a musician and cultural agent of international productions. He has worked in Italy and is now director of WOMAD, as well as having a master’s degree in economic culture.
Founder of the Forde Festival, the largest festival in Scandinavia, Hilde is also the president of the association responsible for major festivals in Norway.
Originally from Australia, Jess worked with the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (from 2010 – 2015) in Melbourne on artist programming, conference programming and marketing the expo – which was the Southern Hemisphere’s premier music industry conference and showcase event for roots and world music – before relocating to Southern Africa.
In 2014, Jess founded Akum Agency, an independent agency, promoter and creative production company.
Thorne is a poet, artist, art director, creator of House on Fire and director of the Bishfire International Arts Festival, as well as founding IGODA, a major music circuit in South Africa.
Pianist, composer and music producer, Joni graduated in popular music from UNICAMP in Brazil. Founder of Ekaya Productions and a founding member of Maningue Produções, he is also the creator of the Mozambique Music Meeting.
A great name for Cape Verdean music, José da Silva is also responsible for releasing well know names, such as Cesária Évora, a great singer known internationally.
Cultural promoter José Luis is responsible for the creation of Ollin Kan, one of the biggest festivals in the world, which began in Mexico in 2004 and continues to visit countries around the world.
Worked at Nando’s for 10 years. Previously Head of PR Nando’s U.K.
Now working at Nando’s Group Office Heading of Group Brand, working of music, Comms and meaningful brand strategy.
Degree in Management and Cultural Studies.
Director of The MARRABENTA FESTIVAL.
CEO of Litho Stage Design.
Founder of “Laboratorio de Ideias”.
Brazilian producer linked directly to culture and music, such as MIMO, one of the biggest festivals in the country, that today tours through Europe and has in its line up artists from all over the world.
The Portuguese Luis Moreira has been a trumpet player since a very early age and graduated from the Lisbon Conservatory. His solo career produced 3 studio albums. Luis is one of the founders of Maningue Produções and the Mozambican Music Meeting.
Luís Viegas has been working as a cultural producer and agent for almost twenty years. In 2002, he co-founded Smog, a production and management company with a roster that included Emir Kusturica & No Smoking Orchestra, Yann Tiersen, Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band, Blur, to name a few.
In 2013, he co-founded with four more associates, at that time, Ao Sul do Mundo CRL: a production, management and booking cooperative that manages artists like Selma Uamusse, Lula Pena, Rocky Marsiano, and Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble (L.U.M.E.), and is responsible for the international booking of Throes + The Shine (worldwide except Europe) and MEDEIROS/LUCAS.
The Brazilian, Mônica Cossas has a direct influence on MC Produções, where she organises and coordinates many of the country’s major artistic works.
A native of Macedonia, an experienced journalist and the creator of cultural institutions such as Skopje Jazz Festival, he actively participates in the creation of numerous festivals and events.
Artistic director Patrick de Groote works in Belgium with the organisation of global networks of festivals, such as Sfinks.
Brazilian and living in New York since the age of 7, Paula is one of the directors of the City Parks Foundation, responsible for curating a range of musical and educational programs, part of major American festivals.
Peter Tladi has coordinated important events in favour of electoral education in the 1990s and founded festivals such as Jazz by The River and Jazz in the Park, based in Pretoria.
In the mid 1990s Rashid became station manager at Fine Music Radio, and then programming manager at P4 Smooth Jazz Radio. In 1998 Lombard approached the director of the North Sea Jazz Festival to stage a local festival in Cape Town. This was the start of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
Rui is a cultural and events promoter and consultant.
Currently manages the Nucleo de Arte in Maputo, Mozambique
Simon Broughton is a freelance journalist and film maker based in London. He’s particularly noted for his work in world music, as Editor in Chief of Songlines magazine and Co-Editor of the Rough Guide to World Music (Penguin).
Since 2002 he has also been the main world music critic on the London Evening Standard. He worked for many years for BBC radio and television and his TV documentaries have been filmed in many countries in Europe, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Mali and Morocco. He also contributes travel pieces to the Independent and other publications.
In 2015 he gave this TEDx talk in Iran: Can Music Save the World? | Simon Broughton | TEDxKish
Sphe Mbhele is the founder and project manager of the KZN Music Imbizo.
KZN Music Imbizo is a fast growing international music business conference and exhibition, hosted annually in Durban (South Africa). The conference collects various music industry stakeholders under one roof to map the way forward for the music industry in the continent – Africa. It is a platform to exhibit, network, share expertise and knowledge.
His other passion is the recording industry where he just recently started his own record label called After June Records and is working some young talent.
Thibaut Mullings is the head of African markets for French independent digital distributor IDOL. With headquarters in Paris, IDOL also has offices in Johannesburg, London and New York.
Before joining IDOL in 2017, Mullings worked as a manager and A&R for 10 years for the prestigious French label NØ FØRMAT, working with world acclaimed musicians such as Richard Bona, Oumou Sangare, Ballake Sissoko and ALA.NI. He also took part in artist management activities, working along French-Moroccan songstress Hindi Zara and Tuareg rock band Tinariwen.
Mullings’ passion for the industry prompted him to establish PRØSPECT in 2015. PRØSPECT is not only an independent record label (Spoek Mathambo, Gabriel Garzón-Montano..) but also a music discovery website that focuses on global urban cultures, giving support and visibility to various electronic, Afrobeats and alternative scenes across Africa.
Master’s Degree in Cultural Management, Music Theater and Dance at the University Complutense de Madrid. Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation, University of Mondragón. Promoter, manager, producer, cultural director and consultant, he develops a great part of his current work in the international music markets, in the development of glocalization, music exchange and music cities. Founder and promoter of several entrepreneurial initiatives like Nordesía Produccións, e-burbulla, Casa das Crechas … and of associative initiatives like A.C. Ciudad Vella in Compostela;
Is a member of EFWMF (European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals); In 2016 and 2017 he works as a consultant for internationalisation in PRIMERA LÍNEA, the first professional music forum in Cuba.
As artistic director and promoter he is responsible for the branding, conceptualisation and production of events and festivals like Cantos na Maré, Sons da Diversidade, Festival of Embraces, MACC, Feast of the Worlds, Man Made, Land of the Fraternity … Nordesía Produccións was the Local partner WOMEX in the 2014, 2016 (Santiago de Compostela) and will be the local partner for WOMEX 2018 (Las Palmas de Gran Canarias). Member of xurado at WOMEX 16 and Budapest Ritmo 17.
“Festivals invigorate young people’s interest in local culture, present opportunities for artists and music professionals to meet and learn from each other, keep traditions alive, create employment for local people and promote responsible tourism that honors and respects local culture.” YUSUF MAHMOUD
Yusuf Mahmoud is originally from UK, where he directed world music festivals and concerts during the 1980s – 90s to raise awareness, promote positive images and solidarity with the global south. In 1998 Yusuf relocated to Zanzibar. In 2003 he set up Busara Promotions, an NGO working to build appreciation for East African music, strengthen skills and networks. Its annual flagship event is the highly acclaimed Sauti za Busara festival, as listed among Africa’s top music events by BBC, CNN, Songlines magazine, Afrotourism and others. On three stages over four days the festival showcases a diverse and dynamic programme of live African music, from across the Continent and diaspora. Representing quality, innovation and diversity, the festival highlights music with cultural identity.