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ACCES 2023 a potpourri of success: Strengthening the African Music Ecosystem

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ACCES 2023 a potpourri of success: Strengthening the African Music Ecosystem

The Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) 2023, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from November 9 to 11, has been hailed as a resounding success. The three-day event brought together over 1,500 music industry professionals, artists, and delegates from across Africa and beyond.

By Plot Mhako

ACCES 2023 featured a packed program of panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities, and showcases, all aimed at fostering collaboration, promoting African music, and strengthening the continent’s music ecosystem. The event’s success is a testament to the growing recognition of African music’s global significance and the potential of the industry to drive economic growth and cultural exchange.

In an interview with earGROUND AFRICA, Eddie Hatitye the Director Music In Africa and ACCES expressed his satisfaction and gratitude for the completion of yet another successful edition of the music Indaba.

“It has been a very interesting and successful conference. We witnessed a gathering of key industry players from around the world, amazing performances, workshops and networking. We are building the African music ecosystem”

Key Highlights of ACCES 2023

  • A Stellar Line-up of Speakers and Performers: ACCES 2023 featured a diverse range of speakers and performers, including renowned artists, industry experts, and thought leaders. The event provided a platform for these individuals to share their insights, experiences, and perspectives on the African music industry.
  • Engaging and Thought-provoking Discussions: The conference covered a wide range of topics relevant to the African music industry, including music production, distribution, marketing, artist development, and policy. Panel discussions and workshops provided valuable insights and practical guidance for attendees.
  • Networking Opportunities and Business Deals: ACCES 2023 facilitated numerous networking opportunities, allowing participants to connect with potential partners, collaborators, and investors. The event also saw several business deals being finalized, further strengthening the African music industry.
  • Showcases of African Music Talent: The conference showcased the incredible diversity and talent of African music, featuring performances from artists representing various genres and regions. These showcases provided a platform for emerging artists to gain exposure and connect with potential fans and industry professionals.

Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) presented Zimbabwe’s fast rising music star Feli Nandi who gave an enthralling performance.

ACCES 2023 has been widely recognized as a significant milestone in the development of the African music industry. The event has played a crucial role in fostering collaboration, promoting African music, and strengthening the continent’s music ecosystem. The positive impact of ACCES 2023 is expected to be felt for years to come.

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Key Takeaways from ACCES 2023

  • African music is a vibrant and dynamic force, with immense potential to drive economic growth and cultural exchange.
  • Collaboration and knowledge sharing are essential for the continued growth and development of the African music industry.
  • African artists need access to better resources, infrastructure, and support to fully realize their potential.
  • Governments and policymakers have a significant role to play in creating an enabling environment for the African music industry to thrive.

ACCES 2023 has set a new standard for music industry conferences in Africa, demonstrating the continent’s growing role in the global music landscape. The success of the event has generated excitement and optimism for the future of African music.

The conference concluded with a closing ceremony that celebrated the achievements of the event and recognized the contributions of all participants. As delegates departed from Dar es Salaam, they carried with them a renewed sense of hope and determination to continue building a thriving African music industry that can reach new heights of success on the global stage. The next edition is set for November 2024 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE)
A gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.
Truly, for the culture.

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