Innovative DAC Debut Programme Poised To Significantly Impact SA’s Emerging Artists!

The innovative DAC Debut Programme is poised to significantly impact the creative careers of emerging artists in all of South Africa’s nine provinces, and across all arts disciplines.

The DAC Debut Programme is an important new partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. The programme combines DAC funding with BASA’s highly-regarded and extensive Education and Mentorship Programmes, in a way that makes it one of the most meaningful to be launched in the creative industries in recent years.



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Rootwords SADC Tours Lusaka, Johannesburg, Durban and Malkerns | 19 – 27 May 2017

Swiss-Zambian “world citizen rapper”, Julio Mwansa Nkowane, a.k.a Rootwords, will be embarking on a SADC region tour this May.

The acclaimed American-born rapper behind the tracks All Good and Freedom of Speech will be taking the stages of 5 venues in Zambia, South Africa and Swaziland all within 9 days. The artist’s modern hip-hop, dub electro-infused sound has already garnered him a following in the US, Europe and the Caribbean.

He has shared a stage with iconic artists such as The Original Wailers, KRS-One, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. Outside Switzerland, where he is based, his live music has already reached audiences in France, Germany, USA, Spain, Italy, China and Peru.


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Energy Africa Project: Documentary To Shed Light!

The time has come for the long and twisted tale of South Africas energy crisis and the history of its nuclear programme are stories to be told fearlessly and objectively, and most importantly without bias.

 Filmmaker and Director Joseph Oesi is the ideal man to bring such critical stories to the fore, already having exposed the mining industry in his acclaimed and powerful 2016 documentary, “Black Lives Matter.


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Raw X Studios To Launch Pop-Up Music Academy In Collaboration With The J&B Hive!

Raw X Studios in partnership with the J&B Hive is launching a pop-up music academy called We Make Better Music Than You (WMBMTU). Led by award winning producer-artist pH, five lucky interns will work on a special album to celebrate the studio’s 10 years in the industry. The album will feature some of South Africa’s rising as well as top hip-hop stars.

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The production house behind critically acclaimed albums such as KO’s Skhanda Republic, Khuli Chana’s Lost In Time and AKA’s Alter Ego is looking for five talented producer/composers to form part of the WMBMTU academy.

To enter visit or send your original productions/links to The search and selection process is now open until Wednesday, 24 May. Applications are not limited to hip-hop, any genre is welcome. (more…)

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