Msaki & The Golden Circle | 17 May 2017 

Trailblazing vocalist and guitarist, Msaki comes to The Orbit for the first time to share music from her much-lauded album Zaneliza: How The Water Moves on the 17 May 2017.

Msaki will also be sharing new music, and new arrangements of some old favourites. Msaki will be sharing the stage with musicians and composers from the immensely talented band, The Golden Circle. 

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DISCOP Johannesburg Aims To Be The World’s #1 Destination To Buy Film & TV Content “Made in Africa” 

BASIC LEAD, the organizers of the DISCOP film and television content markets and coproduction forum today unveiled reinforced efforts to firmly establish the annual DISCOP Johannesburg  as the world’s #1 destination to source, acquire, and coproduce entertainment content “Made in Africa.”

 

Organizers are launching a new initiative to put film and televised content from sub-Saharan Africa front and center during DISCOP Johannesburg 2017, taking place from October 25 – 27 at the Sandton Convention Centre. A variety of campaigns will be deployed in the next six months to reach out to international broadcasters, pay-tv operators, streaming services, theatrical distributors, and sales agents seeking diverse and high-quality content.


This initiative underscores what has been a long-running commitment by the organizers to both showcase African homegrown content and develop coproduction opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. With 267 of the 347 production and distribution houses in attendance last year hailing from 36 African countries, DISCOP Johannesburg is already the largest gathering of African content production and distribution executives under one roof.


“We proudly declared after DISCOP Johannesburg 2016 that African content is King,” explains Patrick Zuchowicki, CEO of Basic Lead and founder of the DISCOP markets, ” and while African content has long struggled to reach audiences outside the continent, the presence at last year’s DISCOP Johannesburg of some of the major global streamers – the new kids on the buying block – proved that content “Made in Africa” could be a disruptive force. There is an appetite for new projects with universal appeal and competition increases for fresh talent that can travel across all borders.”

As African produced content continues to draw the attention of distributors and content aggregators from around the world, thematic hubs will be set-up to showcase content “Made in Africa”, such as the PAVILION FRANCOPHONE AFRICAIN promoting indepentley produced French-speaking content; the DIGILAB AFRICA unbrella to spotlight innovations in virtual reality and 360-degree storytelling,  and the ANIMATION VILLAGE to welcome Africa’s most creative animators.


Indeed, DISCOP Johannesburg 2017 will continue with its strong focus on African animation through its continued partnership with the AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK who will be hosting the ANIMATION VILLAGE. Nick Wilson, Project Manager of the African Animation Network, has this to say of the partnership, “The African Animation Network is delighted to continue to build on the animation presence at DISCOP Markets.  African animation creators are invited to compete in our pitching competitions (Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde) and skills development programme (Annecy – MIFA Animation du Monde – Skills Programme) which are presented in partnership with Annecy International animated Film Festival.  We’re extremely excited to host delegates from across the continent representing the widest diversity of the African animation industry and in line with the mantra “Made in Africa”.

Thanks to their extensive talent, shooting locations and skills pool as well as generous incentive programmes, South Africa and the City of Johannsburg will play a central role in the organizers’s plans to turn DISCOP Johannesburg into the World’s #1 destination to source, acquire, and coproduce entertainment content “Made in Africa”. Germany will be officially  welcome as DISCOP Johannesburg 2017’s “Guest Country”, and a MASTER CLASS program centered on the benefits of the existing co-production treaties between Germany and South Africa that covers both filmed and televised content.

 

ABOUT DISCOP JOHANNESBURG

Launched in 2012, DISCOP JOHANNESBURG is a 3-day market bringing together 150+ international SELLERS of Film, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channels, with 300+ BUYERS seeking foreign programming and representing 250+ public and commercial broadcasters, cable, satellite and mobile pay-tv operators, VOD platforms and territorial distributors primarily from Sub-Saharan African countries. 500+ independent PRODUCERS from Sub-Saharan Africa also attend DISCOP JOHANNESBURG and take part in a sidebar training, deal-building, networking and pitching program. MEETINGS ON DEMAND services are provided six weeks prior to the market and are also available onsite. Eligible Participants with MEETINGS ON DEMAND privileges can register as non-exhibiting SELLERS ($1,000) | BUYERS ($250) | PRODUCERS ($250).  

Contact info@discop.com for more info on our exhibiting and sponsorship options.

#CoolSpaces | Walkersons Hotel & Spa Welcomes A New Cottage!

Walkersons Hotel & Spa, positioned in the rolling hills of Mpumalanga highlands with beautiful views, endless vistas and unrivalled serenity, just beyond the picturesque hamlet of Dullstroom, is thrilled to announce the addition of a new cottage, the Waterfall Cottage, to its coterie of self-catering cottages.

A perfect blend of elegance and charm Walkersons Hotel & Spa offers five-star indulgence with a choice of 27 luxurious hotel suites where each suite boasts elegant décor, stylishly appointed bathrooms and large verandas; and for those guests who prefer the independence of self-catering options, there are fully furnished, self-catering cottages situated in prime locations on the 800-hectare Walkersons Estate. Read More

#FeatureFriday | Meet Yamkela Matomane

Yamkela Matomane

Ekurhuleni, Gauteng

Fashion Marketing and Promotions Company

 

Business Name: Ekurhuleni Fashion Festival

Founded: 2015

Employees: 1 (the founder)

 

Yamkela Matomane is the 29-year-old CEO of Ekurhuleni Fashion Festival – a fashion marketing and promotions company founded in 2015. Yamkela’s business aims at providing a platform for up and coming fashion designers of Ekurhuleni while promoting arts and culture in the city. The company organises a two-day bi-annual celebration of fashion in the metro. The event encourages and supports entrepreneurship in the industry by bringing exposure to designers. Through this project, Yamkela bridges the gap between designers, buyers and boutiques and puts Ekurhuleni under the spotlight. The Festival is growing, as the company finds new partnerships and attracts new crowds.

 

For more on Ekurhuleni Fashion Festival: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

#FeatureFriday | Meet Sphiwe Giba

Sphiwe Giba

Tsakane

Coffee shop

 

Business Name: Wolf & Co Cafe

Founded: 2015

Employees: 1 (the founder)

 

33-year-old Tsakane native Sphiwe Giba is the founder of Wolf & Co Café. Sphiwe has always enjoyed cooking and organising dinner parties for guests to meet and have conversations over delicious meals. His entrepreneurial journey started when he was asked to cater for a 30 something birthday party. Due to the event being such a success Sphiwe decided to start his own company. Wolf & Co Café was designed and imagined as a space in Tsakane for entrepreneurs in the township to connect, work from, and enjoy meals from Sphiwe’s kitchen. As the brand keeps on growing, its CEO wants it to become vital spot of Tsakane’s social scene.

 

For more on Wolf & Co Cafe: Facebook

#FeatureFriday | Meet Lethabo Mpho Mokoena

Lethabo Mpho Mokoena

Daveyton, Ekurhuleni

Sneaker cleaning and shoe-care service

 

Business Name: Walk Fresh

Founded: 2015

Employees: 3 full-time employees and 1 Intern

 

An avid believer in the township economy, Lethabo Mokoena is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of WALK FRESHa boutique sneaker cleaning and shoe-care service providing the best care and maintenance for all brands, makes, and materials. Lethabo cleans sneakers and polishes shoes for a living. He can wash your stains away, save your sole and heel your spirit. Lethabo’s passion for youth and skills development in his township has helped him create opportunities for his peers to address the issue of unemployment and the lack of skills in his township.

 

For more on Walk Fresh: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube