LOCAL artistes’ developmental and promotional company Ngoma Nehosho has engaged the services of South African-based music rights experts David Alexander and Kefiloe Molefe for a financial literacy workshop to be held today at Book Café in Harare.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Alexander and Molefe from Sheer Publishing will moderate the workshop that is expected to draw an array of artistes from different genres as they share their experience in the music industry on a regional and international level.
Speaking to NewsDay ahead of the workshop, Walter Wanyanya the brains behind the event said from his know-how and interaction with local artistes, he has noticed that many of them (artistes) require some business know-how to manage their careers.
“As stake holders in the arts and entertainment sector we have seen it fit to make sure our artistes are prepared for international standards in their readiness to play their part in the developmental of the sector,” Wanyanya said.
“Many of our artistes have no or little knowledge on how income can be realised from many areas which they sometimes overlook. The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe has thrown its weight in support for this workshop and many others to follow.”
Wanyanya said they have also invited CABS Bank represented by Shaylet Ngubo to come and give a lecture on financial matters that will help the artistes in different aspects of their day to day music business activities.
“Financial literacy workshops are important for our artistes to be imparted with knowledge about financial management principles for them to be able to manage and grow their earnings,” he said.
Wanyanya said Ngoma Nehosho is not only geared to put up shows and events that will see artists and their audiences enjoy, but to also make sure the former gain valuable knowledge and guidance in the music business.
“Instead of artistes seeking assistance from corporates and hosting fundraising concerts when they face difficulties and after death, they must be able to support themselves and this can be done if they know how to manage their finances,” he said.
“The creativeness of an artiste is personal, but when it comes to music business we have to share ideas and tomorrow’s (today) event provides the platform for our artistes to be equipped with such knowledge.”
Who is David Alexander?
David Alexander is the Founder, Owner and Managing Director of Sheer Publishing (Pvt) Ltd, an independent music publishing company in Africa. Sheer Publishing was founded in 1996 and it represents African songs and songwriters for the world.Alexander is a holder of Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Thames Valley University and has completed various World intellectual Property Organisation courses on Copyright and Internet aspects of Copyright and Trademarks.
He has served at various music conferences panels such as African IP Forum (Tanzania), Salaam Music Expo (Senegal), Womex, Kenya Music Week (Kenya), NIMEX- the Nigerian International Music Expo (Nigeria), Porto Musicale (The Brazilian Music Exhibition) and the Wami Conference (Western Australian Music Industry) as well as at Moshito, Music Exchange, KZN Music Imbizo in South Africa.
Alexander has also participated as a Mentor at Womex and Nimex and has presented master classes on Music Business and Music Publishing
the University of the Witwatersrand, the Universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Kwa-Zulu Natal and has given Guest lectures at the Academy of Sound Engineering and many other tertiary institutions.
He is a member of Bureau Export Music Africaine (Bema) The African Music Export Council, (TAMEC) The Institute of Directors (IOD) in South Africa and Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO N) and at the moment he serves as the Chairman of the Music Publishers Association of South Africa, which is the body that represents the music publishers in South Africa.
He is also on the Board of Composers and Publishers Association (CAPASSO) which is the mechanical collection society in South Africa.