ACCES announces 2023 conference programme with stellar line-up


The 2023 Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) is excited to announce the release of the upcoming music trade show’s conference programme.

ACCES 2023 is taking place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 9 to 11 November after it held a successful edition in the same city last year.

The programme features more than 40 top speakers from Africa and around the world who will address key aspects of the local and global music industries, and in the process amplify knowledge and opportunities for players in the African music industry.

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The music conference – which also includes live music showcases by artist from across Africa, capacity-building workshops, exhibitions, networking and visits to music industry hubs in the Tanzanian city – is free for Africans to attend.

Programme highlights include a keynote interview with South African musician and entrepreneur Sho Madjozi and Voice of America’s Heather Maxwell as well as a keynote by Tanzanian bongo flava artist and producer Marioo.

ACCES will also host in-depth discussions about music rights management, music entrepreneurship, music publishing, branding, touring, collaborations and tech in the music industry.

Notable speakers include SymphonyOS founder Chuka Chase (US), Roxanne founder Sonia Boton- Gboh (France), SACEM international development officer for Africa Akotchayé Okio (France), Sony Music Publishing South Africa managing director Rowlin Naicker (South Africa), Singeli Festi founder Masudi Kandoro (Tanzania), SaveFi Tech founder Ebenezer Akachukwu (Nigeria), Vth Season co-founder Raphael Benza (South Africa), SlikourOnLife founder Siya Metane (South Africa), EMPIRE general manager of dance Moody Jones (US), The Orchard director of distribution Mpumi Phillips (South Africa) and Paragon Records founder Brian Scally (Ireland).

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Apart from the music business and its intricacies, ACCES will zoom in on singeli, the upbeat Tanzanian electro sound that is taking the world by storm, by hosting a dedicated interactive panel discussion about the genre and featuring top singeli acts Balaa MC and Kadilida on the ACCES showcase programme.

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Joining the two Tanzanians on the line-up are Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Marioo (Tanzania), Siti Muharam and The Unguja All Stars (Tanzania), Ngwaka Son Systéme (DRC), Nour Harkati (Tunisia), Zolani Mahola & The Feminine Force (South Africa), Alostmen (Ghana), Feli Nandi (Zimbabwe), Leo Mkanyia (Tanzania), Kasiva Mutua (Kenya), Madalitso Band (Malawi) and Damian Soul (Tanzania).