In the wake of the cultural renaissance launched by the African Union since 2008, the African Music Council (AMC) – regional group of the International Music Council – organized the 11th session of the African Music Rostrum in the framework of the 5th edition of « FEUX DE BRAZZA ».
The African Music Rostrum was initiated in 1975 and is bound to highlight the music of the African continent by means of the radio, taking into account not only the continent's diversity and the wealth of musical traditions as a whole, but also the various popular and art music styles which were inspired by these traditions.
The competition is open to every musician and music institution and association in Africa. The music could be submitted in one of the following categories:
- Traditional African music
- Urban popular music
- Folk music
- Western classical music
- Experimental music
56 entries were received by the Secretariat for this year's edition. A pre-selection by the Technical Secretariat of the Rostrum led to a shortlist of 21 entries in 3 categories which was submitted to the appreciation of an international jury composed of:
Josephine MOKWUNYEI (Nigeria), President
Felicité BOSSIBIAKA (Congo)
Prosper GOGOYI AKOUEGNON (Benin)
Joe TABULA (Uganda)
Tony VAN DER EECKEN (Belgium)
Fred ZINDI (Zimbabwe)
After listening and deliberation, the jury decided to grant two prizes.
Category African traditional music: AGLANME JAZZ by Don Metok (Benin)
Category Urban popular music: SITYA LOSS by Eddy Kenzo (Uganda).
These two artists will be promoted by the African Music Council over the next years.
The African Music Rostrum is an activity of the African Music Development Programme, a three-year project aiming to help building a sustainable music sector in Africa. AMDP is led by the International Music Council with Feux de Brazza and the African Music Council among its partners.
The African Music Development Programme is implemented with the financial contribution of the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The International Music Council, in partnership with Busara promotion, and within the framework of the African Music development program, wishes to promote exchanges in the African music sector and networking between young professionals and music festivals across the continent.
From December 15th to February 20th, two young professionals will be sent to Zanzibar for a 2 month work placement at the Sauti za Busara Festival.
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Paris, June 30, 2014 - As an international gathering of over one thousand music professionals, the 5th IMC World Forum on Music has invited, planned, heard, experienced, discussed, debated, consulted and taken notice of over one hundred presentations from all over the world highlighting different aspects of the 'ecosystem' of music in the second decade of the twenty-first century.
In the wake of the cultural renaissance launched by the African Union since 2008, the African Music Council (AMC) – regional group of the International Music Council, NGO official partner of UNESCO – will organize the 11th session of the African Music Rostrum in the framework of the Pan African traditional music festival « FEUX DE BRAZZA » 2014, planned to take place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 2nd to 8th August 2014.
The XIth African Music Rostrum is organised in the framework of the African Music Development Programme, with the financial contribution of the European Union (European Development Fund) and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.
You can download the call for application in English and French.
This year's annual conference of the European Music Council will take place in 2014 from 19 – 22 June in the Swiss capital of Bern. In cooperation with the Swiss Music Council and the Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern, the Forum will evolve around the theme "Music & Politics: A shared responsibility". Inspired by the host country, the 4th European Forum on Music will explore what Europe can learn from Switzerland, the so-called “nation of will” ("Willensnation"). The widely acclaimed slogan “unity in diversity” is claimed by both the European Union and Switzerland as one of their main characteristics. What does this diversity look like? What are the challenges of it? And how is this diversity reflected in Europe? Registration is still open at www.emc-imc.org.
Helsinki, May 9, 2014. - The 61st International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) took place at Yleisradio in Helsinki, May 6-9 2014,organised by the International Music Council and Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle).
The 2014 Rostrum gathered representatives from 27 national radio networks from four continents, which presented 50 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum.
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