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South Africa: Mos Def to Deliver Keynote Address At Music Exchange

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Mos Def

It has been announced that hip hop artist Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey) is to deliver the keynote address at Music Exchange, the music, film and entertainment programme, which is returning to Cape Town City Hall on 7 and 8 March, 2014.

Music Exchange's latest coup is the inclusion of Mos Def who will open this year's 48-hour investment in our entertainment economy. Music Exchange is expanding its traditional music focus to include film and entertainment, by securing the attendance of Mos Def, who has successfully crossed over from music into film thanks to roles in The Italian Job, Def Poetry, 16 Blocks, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Dexter, among others.

South African-born film score composer Dr Trevor Jones, who has carved out a successful career in Hollywood and composed over 120 projects for film and television, returns as Music Exchange board member this time. Delegates can look forward to the composer and mentor presenting a talk on his collaborations with the likes of Irish super group U2 and Sinéad O'Conner.

Jones' music scores remain the stuff of legend. These include Excalibur, The Dark Crystal, Notting Hill, Runaway Train, Angel Heart, and The Last of the Mohicans.

Germany's World Economic Forum-awarded Global Leader for Tomorrow recipient Tim Renner, will deliver global insights. Renner, who is also MD of Motor Music, has developed artists such as Rammstein, Portishead and 2Pac. Rammstein album "Sehnsucht" sold more than 500 000 copies in Germany. In the US it sold more than 1 million copies, which made the album to the most famous German-speaking album of all time.

Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse remix

This year will also include the launch of the remix of Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse song Jive Soweto, recorded nearly 30 years ago by International Electronic Dance Music (EDM) UK pioneer Charles Webster.

He returns to Music Exchange under the ADMT (African Dance Music & Technology) hat and will host a two-day intense workshop and interactive sessions by two world-class DJ/producers: Charles Webster from the UK (Defected, Miso, Foliage, House Afrika, Freerange amongst many others) and CapeTown's Dino Michael (Good Hope FM, DJ Syndicate, Motherland Distribution, Defenders of the Deep etc.) A remix competition for attendees to remix one of Charles Webster's tracks was held last year at the ADMT Electronic Dance Music workshop; the winner will have his remixes released worldwide the week before the 2014edition of ADMT.

Panel discussions will draw on the expertise of industry heavyweights Benjy Mudie, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, AKA, Jimmy Nevis, Sophia Foster , R J Benjamin ; Vicky Sampson, Auriol Hays , Estelle Kokot, PJ Powers, Roeshdien Jazz and Selim Kajee, as well as Mozambican jazz musician Moreira Chonguica.

Diverse subjects covering every aspect of the African and global entertainment economy will be unpacked and shared by the very best in their respective disciplines. From the importance of arts and culture, insights into international trends, working in Africa, marketing, multimedia distribution mechanisms, right through to rights protection and how to be seen and heard in a market cluttered with noise.

Go to www.computicket.com or call 0861 915 8000. Tickets cost R220 for a single day's access to Music Exchange 2014, or R400 for the full two-day event.

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