The Voice News Editor off to Dakar for a Music conference

Friday, November 17, 2017

Bakary Ceesay, news editor of The Voice newspaper has left for Dakar to participate in the Music Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) from 17-18 November 2017 at Place du Souvenirin Dakar, Senegal.

ACCES is an annual music conference that hosts industry players from across the African continent.

The conference will attract music professionals will converge on the Senegalese capital to exchange ideas, discover new talent and accelerate the shaping of the music sector on the continent.

It will also offer training workshops, panel discussions, presentations, networking sessions, exhibitions, showcases, concerts and visits to key music industry hubs in Dakar.

Prominent professionals will participate in the informative panel discussions where they will talk about the central issues affecting the African music industry.

The participants include José Da Silva (Sony Music West Africa), Sipho Dlamini (Universal Music South Africa & sub-Saharan Africa), Christine Semba (WOMEX Germany), Mamou Daffé (Festival on the Niger, Mali), Christine Kamau (Women In Music Forum, Kenya) and Emma Ricour (KEIZIT Africa), among many others.

Bakary Ceesay,  an entertainment columnist will join with renowned journalists in a  panel on the session “How do we benefit from the media?” together with other prominent journalists around the globe including Johannes Theurer, RBB / European Broadcasting Union Germany,JulienGuenais, Trace TV-France, Gabriel Bartolini, Vibe Radio -Senegal and KalinPashaliev, MIAF – South Africa.

Musicians from all over the continent thrive on exposure provided by media platforms such as TV, radio as well as print and online publications.

This is an opportunity to hear from some of the big players in the broadcasting world about the state of media and more importantly, how musicians can benefit from them.

The panel discussions at the two-day ACCES 2017, which will open with a keynote address by legendary Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, will revolve around such topics as record labels in Africa, mobility and support for African musicians, music distribution, media, women in music, the effects of conflict on music, and the music industry in Senegal.

The ACCES 2017 programme also provides information on the showcases and exhibitions to take place during the conference as well as details on the concluding Music In Ternaga concert featuring Mamy Kanouté (Senegal), MohDediouf (Senegal), R-Light (Côte d’Ivoire), Cheikh Lô (Senegal) and Tamikrest (Mali) at Place du Souvenir in Dakar on 18 November.  

“This year’s speakers have been hand-picked to provide relevant discussions about the state of the music industry in Africa,” Music In Africa Foundation director Eddie Hatitye said.

“ACCES strives to be the most up-to-date music industry meeting on the continent and we’re confident that those gathered to witness the panel discussions will come away with more answers than questions about where the African music sector is headed.

We’re also incredibly excited about the musicians performing at the Music InTeranga concert in partnership with Teranga Jam Fest. After all, a music conference can only be called such if there is great music on display, and we’ve certainly made sure to showcase some of the best talent in West Africa,” he added.

Ceesay, also Stringer of MusicIn Africa in Gambia commended the organizers for the trust and confidence they bestowed on him to attend such a important conference.

“I hope this conference will be a learning point and a networking with other music professional across the globe,” the secretary general of Young Journalists Association (YJAG) said.

He commended his employees The Voice for giving him the opportunity to take part in this important conference despite the short notice.

Author: Njie Baldeh