South African rapper AKA has been announced as one of the guest speakers at this year’s ACCES music conference, which takes place in Accra, Ghana, on 28, 29 and 30 November.
The multi award-winning musician will share his rich experience in the music industry with local and international delegates from more than 50 countries at the third edition of the pan-African event.
AKA will feature in the conference’s popular ‘Conversations’ series, which have previously hosted top music industry professionals such as Mr Eazi, Blinky Bill, Blick Bassy and former Fela Kuti manager Rikki Stein.
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AKA’s session will cover some of the most important aspects that African musicians need to be aware of to be actively involved in today’s rapidly changing music ecosystem, including branding, creativity, collaboration, management and entrepreneurship, among others.
AKA will be joined onstage by another top African music professional, who will be announced in August.
Held in a different African city every year, ACCES is the leading pan-African trade event for music industry players to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. This year’s programme will feature more than 80 speakers from around the globe, and 13 bands from different African countries that will entertain delegates over three days.
Recently announced ACCES 2019 speakers include Chocolate City vice-president Aibee Abidoye (Nigeria), TRUE Africa founder and editor-in-chief Claude Grunitzky (Togo/UK), Simfy OTT music services head Oye Akideinde (Nigeria), Boomplay Ghana manager Elizabeth Ntiamoah (Ghana), and Grammy-nominated musician, author and rights activist Mark Levine (US).
AKA’s music career began in 2002 when he formed the hip hop group Entity, which received a KORA nomination in the Best African Hip Hop category. After Entity disbanded in 2006, AKA went on to study sound engineering and co-founded the I.V League, production collective, which worked with successful South African artists such as Khuli Chana and JR.
In 2010, he released ‘I Want It All’, the lead single off his debut solo album Alter Ego. Another single off the same album, ‘Victory Lap’, topped the South African radio charts before the release of Alter Ego to commercial success and rave reviews in 2011. Since then, AKA has released three studio albums: Levels (2014), Be Careful What You Wish For (2017) alongside singer Anatii and 2018’s Touch My Blood featuring the mega hit ‘Fela In Versace’.
During a relatively short career, AKA has won awards at the South African Music Awards, South African Hip Hop Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards, Metro Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Soundcity MVP Awards. He has also received four nominations at the BET Awards.
ACCES is a pan-African trade event for music industry players to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. ACCES is held in a different African city every year, attracting active music industry players from across the globe.
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ACCES is organised by the Music In Africa Foundation, a non-profit and pan-African organisation, in partnership and with the support of Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, Reeperbahn Festival, Alliance Française, the Prince Claus Fund and the ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit the ACCES website or download the ACCES 2019 brochure here.
Source: Music In Africa