Fak'ugesi Beats Talks + Workshop Day
The Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival returns to Johannesburg during the month of September 2018. Exploring music culture within the main festival, the annual Beats Program descends on the Tshimologong Precinct from 24 to 29 September 2018, with a 6 day takeover of Braamfontein's tech hub. Weheartbeat has curated a program of workshops, experiences and performances that will facilitate the meeting of mind and spirit in an environment geared around the festival's theme, “Tap Your Afro Source Code”
On Thursday 27 September a series of workshops will take place from 1pm - 9pm in partnership with Ballantine's and BASA.
13h00 -- 14h00 The Future Of Music
The Future of Music panel will feature key industry players Tefo Mohapi, Riky Rick, Nic Burger and Thibaut Mullings who will discuss the constantly changing landscape of the music industry. Focal discussion points for the session will include; the benefits versus disadvantages of the artist and streaming service relationship, technology advancements and their influence on artist revenue streams as well as what future music business practices can learn from industry predecessors.
14h15 -- 15h15 Managing Mental Health Amongst Creatives
A subject that has maintained its taboo reputation for too long, we are thankfully entering an era where mental health is becoming an open topic of discussion. It is also unfortunately a growing concern, especially among creative individuals who keep unconventional, hedonistic and pressurized schedules. Attempts to adopt better lifestyle habits for both physical and mental health is often well intentioned and rarely well executed. This panel aims to speak honestly about the challenges faced by creative individuals and explore effective mechanisms that will affect positive change in their lives. Led by psychologist Thembi Mashigo the panel includes Ayanda Seoka, a Kundalini specialist, and performing artist Mx Blouse.
15h30 -- 16h30 The Art of Remixing with Zikomo
When executed with style, a remix breathes new life into an original song, while highlighting the signature sound of the artist handling the task. The Zikomo Beats Lab workshop will showcase the intricacies of remix culture. Zikomo will help define the differences between remixes, bootlegs and edits as well as demonstrate the process as he tackles a South African track live in the session. This will be an unmissable experience from the artist responsible for remixing Childish Gambino's 'Summertime Magic' and SZA's 'The Weekend'.
16h45 -- 17h45 The Power of Collaboration
After a week of creative collaboration in the Fak'ugesi Beats Lab, Bonj Mphanza, S Fidelity, Morena Leraba and Zikomo will convene once again for a discussion about the experience. Exploring the energy harnessed within their creative process and the knowledge gained from welcoming collaboration into their work, the panel aims to discover both the immediate impact and it's potential longevity.
18h00 -- 19h00 Masterclass + Meet ‘n Greet with Black Milk
Black Milk has worked tirelessly to establish his signature sound as a rapper, producer and performing artist hailing from Detroit, one of America's most culturally intricate and influential regions. The masterclass will explore his approach to beat-making, the content and context of his music, as well as his journey developing a distinct presence as an artist. An opportunity to share an audience with an artist of this calibre is rare and should not be squandered.
19h00 -- 21h00 Stay True Networking Session + Drinks on the wooden deck
Tickets are R50 and are available at the door.