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Panel nº1: Showcasing African Talent: The Role of Performers' Rights in economic and cultural development

Introduction:

This panel will explore how protecting performers' rights contributes to bolstering economic and cultural development and helps showcase the richness of African talent.

The panellists will discuss the importance of a sound regulatory framework and stress the positive impact of CMOs' efficiency on the performers' ecosystem

Mahmood Ali-Balogun  -  Film maker and Chairman of the Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS)

Mahmood Ali-Balogun, an alumnus of the University of Ife with specialty in Film & Television Production, is the CEO of BrickHouse Media Ltd, Lagos - a film/television production company/studio in Nigeria, established in 1987.

His Films include award winning TANGO WITH ME - (35mm feature), A PLACE CALLED HOME - (16mm short film), & Documentaries - DANCE OF THE MAIDENS:  Efik traditional marriage rites, and many more.

A leading advocate for IP right owners since his days as pioneer President and now Board Chairman Board of Trustees of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Ali-Balogun is Pioneer & current chairman of the Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), was Vice President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN). Member of the advisory council of the Nigerian Film Corporation and the Federation Panafricaine Des Cineates (FEPACI) & President of the Federation’s 9th Congress in South Africa.

He has been in the Jury of many film festivals such as the International Emmy® Awards, the Cairo International Film Festival or the Toronto International Film Festival. He is also a renown speaker  academic (Global Film Aesthetics,...) and facilitated at various schools and universities.

John Katana  -  Composer, Arranger, Sound engineer and Producer

Katana is one of the founders of the Kenyan legendary family band Them Mushrooms which is known for its global hit song “Hakuna Matata” a.k.a. “Jambo Bwana”. He is a pioneering Kenyan artist who’s received the Head of State Commendation (HSC) conferred by former Kenyan president His Excellency Mwai Kibaki (now late). With 30 plus years of experience in showbiz and entertainment in the Kenyan music industry, Katana is an accomplished songwriter, composer, arranger, performer and music producer. Not only has he recorded, composed and produced music for Them Mushrooms, but has also done so for other renowned Kenyan and East African artists such as Princess Farida, the late Angela Chibalonza, Esther Wahome, Musically Speaking, Mzee Fundi Konde, Kenge Kenge Orutu System, late Shimelis Ararso (Ethiopia), Sammy Kasule (Uganda) among others. He also produces signature tunes, radio jingles and commercials for FM/TV commercials and other corporate businesses.

He has been a board member of Kenya’s largest Collective Management Organization the Music Copyright Society of Kenya and Kenya’s CMO regulatory body the Kenya Copyright Board.

Katana has toured extensively with Them Mushrooms. The band has won several awards such as the Kisima Award, Battle of Kenyan bands, Silver, Gold and Platinum discs for the song “Jambo Bwana” and most recently the ODA Award (Ethiopia) among many others. When not on tour, he conducts workshops and webinars titled “The Business of Music” that focus on copyright/ related rights, artist branding and publishing under the flagship of Showbiz Info Limited.

 

 

 

 

Tiyani Maluleke  -  Chief Marketing Officer of the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA)

Tiyani Maluleke is a seasoned executive with a wealth of experience spanning multiple disciplines, including Finance, Business Development, Strategy, Stakeholder Relations, Customer Service, Corporate Communications, and Marketing. Currently, she holds the pivotal role of Chief Marketing Officer and Head of the SAMPRA Development Fund at the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA), where she spearheads initiatives to fund and support recording artists and the broader music industry.

One of Tiyani's most significant accomplishments is managing the largest fund in South Africa dedicated to supporting recording artists and the music industry. Her leadership has been instrumental in driving the success of this initiative, ensuring that artists have the financial backing and resources they need to thrive.

Tiyani is passionate about researching global trends that impact the music industry, both directly and indirectly. This interest not only informs her professional endeavors but also keeps her at the forefront of industry developments, enabling her to anticipate and respond to emerging challenges and opportunities.

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Chaka-Chaka  -  Performer and Activist 

Yvonne studied Speech and Drama at the Trinity College of London in Johannesburg and graduated with a diploma in 1997. She also studied Adult Education and Local Government Management at the University of South Africa and pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Business at Henley Business School.

She was discovered by Phil Hollis of Dephon Records in 1985 when she was just nineteen years old and later earned herself the appellation of 'the Princess of Africa.' From this moment on, she has consistently developed her creative capabilities and expanded her media portfolio to include musician, record producer, talk radio and television shows, and acting in several South African television dramas. Yvonne has been noted to share the stage with and performed for leading lights like President Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II, Richard Branson, Bono, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, and Oprah Winfrey.

Yvonne has traveled the world advocating for social justice, education and economic empowerment for women and girls. She is the first African female recipient of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Crystal Award.

In 2009, she was moved by the lack of recognition for sessions musicians to start her own award show to give recognition to all the people that make musicians like her to be stars. The Bi-Annual BVSM (Backing Vocalist and Session Musicians) were launched in 2014.

In June 2017, she was honored again with the 2017 Black Entertainment Television (BET) International Global Good Power Award for her humanitarian work.

During the pandemic in 2020, through her foundation, she expanded on her mission to develop women by starting the first Online woman only radio station called WOMan Radio.

She has released a new single, celebrating the late Bra Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukuzi.

 

 

 

 

Moderator: Pfanani Lishivha  -  CEO of the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA)

Pfanani Lishivha is a results-driven business executive with more than 15 years’ experience in executive management, specialising in the field of collective rights administration and specifically the rights of South African recording artists. His proven management skills are bolstered by his 25-plus years in research and development, as well as in policymaking and regulations drafting.

Since joining SAMPRA as CEO in 2017, SAMPRA has processed and distributed more than R1.5b of Neighbouring Rights royalties. He has been responsible for ensuring SAMPRA’s stability. Thanks in large part to his efforts, this comparatively young CMO is on par with the best and oldest Neighbouring Rights CMOs in the rest of the world. It efficiently documents and distributes Neighbouring Rights royalties to recording artists and record companies whose recordings have been performed in public.

Under Pfanani’s stewardship, SAMPRA launched the SAMPRA Development Fund (“the Fund”) in August 2020. The Fund’s main aim is to be responsible for SAMPRA’s CSI through support for the music industry in a number of areas including retirement savings and funeral cover for SAMPRA’s performer members, training and professional development for recording artists and independent record companies, music production, touring and travel support, financing of live performances, and funding aimed at preserving South Africa’s diverse cultural heritage.