Music Exchange 2019 Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September #MEX19

Fri Sep 13, 14:00 - Sun Sep 15, 17:00
Radisson Red V & A Waterfront



MUSIC EXCHANGE (#MEX19), South Africa’s only entertainment-economy-focused conference, returns to Cape Town for the ninth time from 13 to 15 September 2019 at the impressive Radisson Red Hotel at the V &A Waterfront.

Stage and recording artist icon, David Kramer has confirmed he will deliver the keynote address at MEX19. Famous for his Broadway and West End exports, Kat & The Kings, District 6 and the upcoming Danger In the Dark production debuting at The Baxter in Cape Town from 11 October, MEX19 is set to be a weekend of note.

Music Exchange was also honoured and recognised by the Western Cape Government for its contribution to Arts and Culture in March; and this year’s conference will have an overarching theme of “rights “.

Starting on Friday 13 September, at 2pm,  MEX19 will officially open with the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association (Capasso), before moving onto the South African Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA), as well as the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) – all three major collecting agencies in the country – who will share the podium at the country’s only annual conference that seeks to empower South Africa’s entertainment economy.

Over the following two days, attending delegates can look forward to more than 19 talks and panels over the three day emersion. All with the aim of empowering each with practical knowledge to apply to their careers.

Other highlights include:

·      MEX19 keynote speaker, David Kramer

·      CEO of Just Music, Charles Kuhn, and Head of A&R Matthew Fink 

·      Lance Stehr , Head of Muthland Records 

·      Steve Werner,  Station Manager at KFM 

·      Sotiris Moldovanos at music streaming service, Deezer 

·      Music reality show panel , hosted by RJ Benjamin, along with:

Paxton Fielies - Idols 2017 Winner

Lize Mynhardt - Idols 2014 Second runner up

Robin Pieters - TVSA 2016 Round 5 contender

Sasha-Lee - Idols 2009 Joint winner

PJ Twins - TVSA 2019 Top 5 finalist, SA Got Talent runner up

Amy Tsjasink - TVSA 2019 Semi-finalist

Elwira Standili - Idols 2015 Top 8 Finalist

David Januari - X-Factor SA 2014 winning group ‘Four’

With MUSIC EXCHANGE now well-and-truly established and respected – thanks to the incredible support from some of the world’s biggest names in production, song writing, composition, management, PR, digital strategy and live performance – MEX19 is excited to announce more of the same in the build up to its biggest weekend yet.

City of Cape Town’s Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, says, “As a host city and a proud sponsor of the Music Exchange conference, the City is really looking forward to welcoming the delegates and the participants to the world’s leading festival and event destination. Cape Town has a diverse musical offering and it’s the perfect place to host an event which celebrates musical diversity. This event will also provide an a platform to young up and coming artists through coaching clinics, as well as developmental workshops ,and the City is always proud to support initiatives that provide opportunities to our residents.”


Martin Myers, founder and convenor of the conference, remarked, “This year MEX is delighted to have the key decision makers of some of the most important music bodies in South Africa attending”.

Artists include Chad Saaiman and MEX chairperson, the legend Sipho Mabuse. Booking agents and promoters Nikki Froneman, Jarrod Aston , Lesley Wells, Craig Parks and Lauren Parks will also be sharing their knowledge, along with community radio specialist Selwyn Bartlett. MEX19 will also welcome back longstanding partners Paul Bothner Music to the fold.

Digital monetisation and understanding your rights, be it legal (including what a proper legal contract looks like and how to navigate the small claims court), or rights in the digital economy, all also will be unpacked, demystified and opportunities explored at MEX19.

With more speakers and events to be announced over the coming week, in the build-up to MEX19, follow us on Facebook to get breaking announcements, as they happen.

Whether you’re an established or ambitious young artist, publicist, producer, DJ, manager, venue owner, record label, agency or corporate brand looking to gain invaluable insight and learning’s every delegate can actively apply and benefit from, MEX19 is the creative hub responsible for bringing it all together.

Limited delegates tickets for MEX19 are available now through Quicket.

Full conference tickets, for all days, cost R500 including lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Friday, 13 September 2019

1:30pm Doors open
1:45pm to 2:15pm Brenda Sisane – International Jazz Day 2020 in Cape Town

2:15pm to 2:45pm Wiseman Ngubo – CAPASSO – The importance of metadata

3pm to 4pm Ntsietso Mokitimi-Makhofola – SAMPRA – Needle time rights

– A legal and operational perspective

4pm to 4:45pm Alderman JP Smith – City of Cape Town

5pm to 7:45pm #MEX19 opening & networking Radisson Red rooftop and

8pm to 9.30pm Frank Paco – Performance
Saturday, 14 September 2019

9:45am to 10am MEX Welcome – Sipho Mabuse and Martin Myers

10am to 10:45am Nhlanhla Sibisi – RISA – Protecting copyright in the digital

10:45am to 11:30am Lance Stehr – MUTHALAND RECORDS – launch of CYPHA

11am to 11:45am Karaboo Senna – Defining SAMRO

12:00pm to 12:25pm Chad Saaiman – My life in music

12:30pm to 1:15pm Charles Khun and Matthew Fink – Just Music – The state of

1:15pm to 2pm Lunch

2pm to 2:30pm Barry Varkel – Legal rights/contract and the small claims court

2:30pm to 3pm Yoel Kenan – Africori – Aggregators and more

3pm to 3:30pm Stephen Werner – KFM - What Cape Town’s biggest radio
station wants from you

3:30pm to 4pm Selwyn Bartlett – Selcorp Media – Community radio

4:15pm to 5pm Sot Moldovanos – Deezer – Best practice to get your song

5pm to 5:30pm Manqoba Kubheka – SAMRO – 4IR, myth or reality in the SA Music Industry

Day 3

Sunday, 15 September 2019

10am to 10:15am Welcome by Guy Redman Chief Director Department Cultural

Affairs and Sport, Western Cape Government

10:15am to 11am MEX19 Keynote – David Kramer

11:15 am to 12pm MEX19 Keynote – Candice Pillay – Pietermaritzburg-to-LA,

songwriting with the stars – hosted by RJ Benjamin

12:15pm to 1pm John Fishlock – What the publisher doesn’t tell you

1pm to 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm to 2:45pm Panel Discussion - Reality is a friend of mine. Moderated by RJ

Benjamin and featuring local reality TV stars from The Voice

SAIdols SA and X Factor SA:

Paxton – Idols SA 2017 winner

Lize Mynhardt – Idols SA 2014

Robin Pieters – The Voice SA 2016

Sasha-Lee – Idols SA 2009 Joint winner

PJ Twins – The Voice SA 2019 and SA’s Got Talent

Amy Tjasink – The Voice SA 2019

Elwira Standili – Idols SA 2015 Top 8 finalist

David Januari – X Factor SA 2014

3pm to 3:45pm Panel discussion: Agents and management hosted by Jarrod

Aston, along with Nikki Froneman, Craig Parks, Lesley

Wells and Lauren Parks.

4pm to 5pm Songwriting master class with Candice Pillay, hosted by RJ


5:15pm Close – Book for #MEX20

Celebrated singer/songwriter Candice Pillay to fly in from LA for MEX19 (Music Exchange 2019)
MUSIC EXCHANGE (#MEX19), South Africa’s only entertainment-economy-focused conference, returns to Cape Town for the ninth time from 13 to 15 September 2019 at the impressive Radisson Red Hotel at the V &A Waterfront.
As part of what has become a highly anticipated Cape Town annual imbizo, MEX, well known and respected for delivering the very best and relevant players in the global music economy, has done it again in welcoming Candice Pillay at this year’s gathering.
Born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, Pillay has come a long way from her humble KZN roots.
Working with iconic names in the music industry, Pillay has added her genius to tracks made famous by the likes of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dog, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Schoolboy Q, Timberland, Anderson. Paak, Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris.
Today she is well installed and celebrated in Los Angeles, California, as a revered singer and seminal songwriter.
As one of MEX19’s Sunday keynote speakers, Pillay will deliver an address that investors in the South African and bigger global music economy will truly benefit from being in attendance.
Better news still for followers and fans of Pillay’s lyrical and vocal prowess is that she’s set to release her next album, along with tour dates in 2020, all while continuing to co-produce, write, and redefine artist development with many up and coming artists around the world. 
“Securing the calibre of Candice Pillay is a coupe for MEX19, and the greater South African music community,” MEX19 convener, Martin Myers celebrates. “We are truly excited and humbled to have her share her journey and impart invaluable, real-life learnings with all MEX19 attendees.” 
Candice Pillay’s discography includes:
Dr. Dre  
“Genocide” (ft. Dr Dre, Candice Pillay, Kendrick Lamar & Marsha Ambrosius)
“One Shot One Kill” (ft. Snoo Dogg, John Connor)
“Medicine Man” (ft. Dr Dre, Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
“Intro” (Vocals)
School Boy Q
“Groovy Tony”
“Eddie Cane”
“Ride Out”
“Whatever You Want” (School Boy Q ft. Candice Pillay)
“By Any Means”
“Big Body”
Cockiness (Love It)”
“American Oxygen”
Christina Aguilera
“Make The World Move”
“Cease Fire”
“Best of Me”
“Shut Up”
“ Light Up the Sky”
Tinie Tempa
“Don’t Sell Out” (ft. Candice Pillay)
“Witch Doctor” (ft. Candice Pillay)
FarEast Movement 
“F-VR” (ft. Candice Pillay)
Sevyn Streeter 
“You Got Me”
“Eyes On Horizon”
“Remember Me”
“Tender Green Life”
“Love Blind”
“Yellow Canary”
“White Lightning”
“Waiting On You”
“Take Away”
“Carry On”


Music Exchange 2019 Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September #MEX19
Radisson Red V & A Waterfront
No. 6 Silo, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
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