Reeperbahn Festival International Johannesburg – Program and infos

+++ Update 26.11.2021 13:06 – Cancellation of the Reeperbahn Festival International presentation in Johannesburg +++

Due to the B.1.1.529 Covid variant currently circulating in South Africa, we have decided (in close consultation with our partner Music in Africa Foundation) to cancel the Reeperbahn Festival International presentation on 26 and 27 November 2021, which would have taken place for ACCES on location in Johannesburg. The health of all those participating in attendance is our first priority.
The announced matchmaking will instead be hosted on the digital Reeperbahn Festival conference platform as soon as possible. Further information will be available here over the following days.


Off we go! This week (from 25–27 November 2021 ) our Reeperbahn Festival International team will start it’s travel to Johannesburg, where we will be part of ACCES, the leading African-music trade event. You are invited to follow the performances of the highly regarded African artists Sampa the Great (Zambia) and Yugen Blakrok (South Africa) via live stream on the website of the Music In Africa Foundation.
We are also very happy to host two panels with African and European speakers as part of the online streamed ACCES panel program (a.o. Colin Schrinner, Head of Tunecore Germany;  Mpumi Philips,  Director of Distribution – The Orchard; Yuvir Pillay, Music Operations Manager Africa – TikTok; Laurent Bizot – Founder No Format!). Please find all information on Reeperbahn Festival International in Johannesburg here and the programme below.  



Presented by Reeperbahn Festival 

Date: Friday 26 November 
Time: 14:50 - 15:35 (SAST) 
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre 
Title: Talent development, incubation and investment models for African creators  

Topic: Development, capacity building and finances are key for African music creators to perform in and beyond Africa’s markets. Despite contrasted context and needs, how can cooperation be key in leveraging access through connections, collaborations and networks? 


Sevi Spanoudi, Founder – Black Major (South Africa), moderator  
Fosta – Bridges for Music (South Africa) 
Patricia Wachira, Communications Lead - PerFORM music incubator (Kenya) 
Laurent Bizot, Founder - No Format (France) 


Date: Sat 27 November 
Time: 11:20 - 12:05 (SAST) 
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre 
Title: Empowering African artists to get their music heard (Driving inclusivity and connecting talent with audiences worldwide)  

Topic: African and global platforms have been expanding to help artists get their music out and prosper both on the continent and abroad – from playlists to accelerating programmes and brand deals. How do music distribution models and platforms (both local and global) contribute to drive inclusivity in the global music market? Distribution and promotion executives share best practices, opportunities and collaborations across markets to connect African talent with worldwide audiences.   


Phil Chard, Founder - PointBlack (Zimbabwe) 
Mpumi Philips, Director of Distribution – The Orchard (South Africa) 
Philip Edusei, Co-founder – UR-PR / Unorthodox media (Ghana) 
Yuvir Pillay, Music Operations Manager Africa - TikTok (South Africa)  
Larissa Fainberg, Editorial & Marketing Partnerships Leader - Believe Africa (South Africa)  



Yugen Blakrok (South Africa) 
Date: Fri 26 November 
Time: 22:20 to 23:00 (SAST) 
Venue: Constitution Hill 

Sampa the Great (Zambia) 
Date: Sat 27 November 
Time: 22:00 to 23:00 (SAST) 
Venue: Constitution Hill 
Presented by:  
Bassline Fest in partnership with ACCES and Reeperbahn Festival 

Please see here for more information. 



Presented in cooperation with Goethe Institute 

Date: Fri 26 + Sat 27 November 
Time: 10:00 - 17:00 (SAST) 
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre 
Title: Production essentials 

This 2-day workshop addresses both established and aspiring record producers. It is facilitated by top record producers and engineers who are keen to share their top production skills on beat making, music arrangement, DAWs, plugins, mastering and useful production tools. 


37mph, Award-winning DJ & Producer (South Africa) 
Muzi, Singer, songwriter, and record producer (South Africa) 



Date: Fri 26 November 
Time: 12:30 - 14:00 (SAST) 
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre + Reeperbahn Festival conference platform 

A matchmaking event exclusively curated together with the Music In Africa Foundation. Here, up-and-coming as well as renowned African decision-makers from various artist, creative and live management agencies, labels and publishers are connected with their European counterparts on site and via digital 1:1 meetings. 

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