By the time Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s closed out last night’s Global Citizen Festival—with a stadium-sized version of Alphaville’s “Forever Young”—they were the undisputed Queen and King of this global social activism campaign.
Now in its eighth year, the three-day Moshito Music Conference is South Africa’s only annual music confab attended primarily by indie labels along with music managers, artists, promoters and publishers. This year's fest included a keynote by Jim Griffin of OneHouse as well as speakers such as SXSW's Matt Sonzala and Ben Herson of Nomadic Wax.
A third pan-African music awards event, the Afrotainment Museke Online African Music Awards (Moamas), is flexing its muscles and acting as a platform for introducing music and artists from the continent to a broader audience, featuring over 30 categories covering Africa and the Diaspora.
Paul Simon performed his 1986 Grammy Award winning record "Graceland" at a small TV studio in South Africa with many of the recording's original musicians, including members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The set was filmed as part of a documentary Simon is making about the album. The show was dedicated to the late-Miriam Makeba. Hugh Masekela also performed.
Freshlyground, the South African Afro-pop outfit, expanded its fanbase following its 2010 FIFA World Cup Official Song collaboration with Shakira, “Waka Waka (It’s Time For Africa)" (Sony). Now the Cape Town-based seven-piece are again collaborating on a high-profile sporting anthem – this time it's the official fan song for the South African Rugby Union’s bid for the IRB Rugby World Cup.