Portal to boost African music

first_imgNigerian hip hop artists, Yung L, Olamide, Ice Prince and Phyno, may be big in their home country but are little known outside of it. Music In Africa looks to change that, providing African musicians a platform to access network with artists around the world. (Image: Chocolate City Group) • Karoo music lends weight to TV series • South African jazz greats shine at London festival • Home-grown death metal helps ease Angolans’ pain • Music van de Caab keeps Khoi and San music alive • Voodoo funk: Ambassador of Afrobeat Shamin ChibbaMuch of the popular music coming out of Europe and the US today can trace its roots back to Africa, yet music from the continent is little known. Artists rarely find recognition beyond their own countries.But with the launch of Music In Africa, an online portal serving the continent’s music industry, African music may just get the international exposure it deserves.The South African editor of Music In Africa, David Durbach, explains that the resource is an information and exchange portal for the continent’s music sector, with a focus on education and networking among industry professionals. “We are trying to empower people working in the music industry by empowering the industry itself and by creating opportunities for the musicians. We are helping them expand their markets and their audiences not just in their own country but on the continent.”The Music In Africa Foundation is an NGO recently established with the support of the Goethe-Institute and Siemens Stiftung, two German cultural organisations with a large presence on the continent. “The plan is that these two institutes can give us a push start to becoming an independent organisation,” says Durbach. Born out of a needThough launched in July this year, the project took three years to come into existence. It was established out of a need to improve communication and reliable information between the various music industries in Africa. Because of lacks in these areas, Durbach says, African artists typically have to “crack it in Europe or the US before they [could] expand their market to the rest of Africa”.Such examples are the Ghanaian Afro-pop group, Osibisa, and South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, both of which became popular overseas before they became widely known in Africa. “There is a huge need for networking opportunities in the industry, not just between musicians but anyone working in the industry, from producers to songwriters.“People in South Africa know very little about what is going on in Zimbabwe let alone Nigeria and East Africa. Yet there is a growing amount of interest. So there is no reason why people working in the music industry should not see themselves as part of a larger pan-African industry.”Those artists who go to the US and Europe struggle to keep in touch with their fans back home, he adds. “This is another way to bridge these two international and national markets.” Open to everyoneThe networking is not only restricted to those living in Africa; rather, it is open to the African diaspora. It is not limited by genre either. “We are not trying to discriminate. We are not saying to a rock musician in Bloemfontein or to someone making African music in New York, ‘You don’t belong on this website’. [It is for everybody who is] involved in African music in any kind of way. We try to be as inclusive as possible.”And Music In Africa is also a perfect tool for those international musicians looking to expand their reach into Africa, Durbach adds. Musicians are finding it more difficult to sell records nowadays and to make a living, they have to perform live. Africa presents local and international musicians with a lot of opportunities to make money at concerts and corporate events.With the internet, musicians are able to take more control over their careers without having to rely heavily on labels. Music In Africa therefore presents to these musicians a unique online portal to promote themselves and even link with promoters and operators for free, explains Durbach. Finding artistsMusic In Africa’s intention is to promote artists from all over Africa. It employs five full-time regional editors – based in Kinshasa, Lagos, Dakar, Nairobi and Johannesburg – whose mission is to find and chronicle music from their areas. These editors also commission articles from contributors.The website includes a directory, a magazine, news articles, updated artist biographies and educational resources. Durbach says the music education portal, which was set up in collaboration the Global Music Academy, will have multimedia tutorials on how to play instruments, music production, royalty collection and copyright law in various countries.The overview texts feature static content on specific aspects of the music industry in a particular country, such as the history of hip hop in Senegal or jazz in South Africa. “They are not written in a way that is opinionated. They are objective, Wikipedia-style entries that are simply written. Whether or not English or French is [the reader’s] first language, they will understand the content.” The futureThe organisation is already widening its reach. On 21 November, it staged launch events at the Salon International de la Musique Africaine in Dakar, Senegal and in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.Next year, Durbach says, Music In Africa will host more events such as workshops and competitions. And after all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa have been covered, it will look to break into North Africa, a region it has not covered yet.“It is a massive task and we are taking it step by step,” Durbach says of the organisation’s attempts at gathering as much information on African music as there is. “The continent is blessed with a lot of musical diversity and talented musicians and it is something that needs to be offered to the world. Music is something that we share.”last_img read more

‘Spider Man’ says no intention to hurt, PBA stunt only meant to spread message of love

first_img“Meron po akong charity, matagal na, nung 2010 pa. Ito na lang talaga pagkakataon para umayos tayong lahat,” said the intruder.(I have a charity that I started in 2010. I think this is the only chance to make things right).Nevertheless, the PBA will still file criminal charges against the invader who is now detained at Quezon City Police District 7.Araneta security also apprehended the court invader’s accomplice and a random fan who sucker punched the said accomplice.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ronald Tubid chased after the man in costume, hitting him.Marc Pingris followed, in defense of buddy JMF. pic.twitter.com/9LNRKLgxfw— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 10, 2019“Wala akong balak na manakit, ang message ko pagmamahal eh tapos mananakit ako, di ko po kayang gawin yun,” said the still unidentified assailant Friday. “Di ko nga po nakita. Siya bumangga sa akin.”(I didn’t have any plans of hurting anyone, my message is about spreading the love so I really couldn’t hurt someone. I didn’t see him, he’s the one who collided against me.)READ: Mark Barroca ‘miracle shot’ puts Magnolia on brink of ending San Miguel reignThe court intruder claimed that he even runs charity that started in 2010 and that apparently running onto the middle of a PBA game is the best way to get his message across.Commotion. Downright commotion. #PBA2019 pic.twitter.com/H4LtV4M9HM— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 10, 2019 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Top rookie Eya Laure focused on bigger picture: ‘We want championship more than anything else’ MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fajardo seemed visibly shaken after the collision that apparently hit his jaw, but the still unidentified court invader clarified that he was just spreading the message of love just in time for the upcoming midterm elections on Monday.3/3 2 more taken near the press room. One more tried to follow the guy in costume. Another (in white polo ) said he hit the second guy for hitting Fajardo. ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The man who dressed up as Spider-Man is held up by Araneta security. #PBA2019 pic.twitter.com/GqCYcvCtd2— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 10, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Mark Barroca’s last-second game winner that lifted Magnolia to an 88-86 win and a crucial 3-2 lead over San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup finals wasn’t the craziest moment in Game 5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA man dressed as Spider-Man managed to run to the Smart Araneta Coliseum parquet floor in a disastrous stunt where he collided with Beermen center June Mar Fajardo during a crucial stretch in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles READ: ‘Spider Man’ storms court during PBA Finals, hits June Mar Fajardo Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

THREE SIOUX CITY TEENS CHARGED IN STRING OF BURGLARIES (UPDATE)

first_imgUpdated 5:27pm 8/4/17THREE SIOUX CITY TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR RECENT BURGLARIES ON THE NORTHSIDE.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY, 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA AND 16 YEAR OLD HENRY DE LEON ARE EACH CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.POLICE ALLEGE THAT MAHANEY AND A SECOND SUSPECT WERE CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF BURGLARIZING 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING BY THE RESIDENT.POLICE SAY THE TWO ASSAULTED THE RESIDENT, LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY TWO BROKEN BONES.INVESTIGATORS LOCATED THE SUSPECT’S VEHICLE A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.POLICE SAY THEY HAVE LINKED THE SUSPECTS TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN LEEDS.TAPIA AND MAHANEY ARE BEING HELD ON $50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL.DELEON WAS BOOKED ON $22-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.——————————————————————THREE TEENS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR RECENT NORTHSIDE BURGLARIES.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY (PICTURED) AND 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA, BOTH OF SIOUX CITY WERE ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY, TAPIA AND A 16 YEAR OLD MALE WERE ALL ARRESTED FOR 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24-THOUSAND BOND. TAPIA’S BOND HAS BEEN SET AT $22-THOUSAND.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.Joseph Tapia mug shot________________________________________________ PREVIOUS STORYONE SIOUX CITY TEEN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR BURGLARY AND AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER SUSPECT.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED ON 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE THEFT AMD OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.THE SECOND SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, BUT NOT LOCATED.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24,000 BOND.last_img read more