Dynamic Collaboration aims to Develop Songwriters in the province
The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), in collaboration with the Music Exchange, hosted a songwriting workshop in Stellenbosch from 11 to 13 November 2016. The initiative is part of an ongoing series that aims to provide young musicians from across the province with the basics of songwriting. Experts in the field will also provide them with first-hand exposure to the music industry.
The three-day workshop was led by prominent entertainment industry personalities such as Martin Myers, Gabi le Roux, Lana Crowster, Roeshdien Jaz and Ebrahim Mallum. Extensive topics covered during the workshop included music production and performance, the craft of song and lyric writing, music publishing and licensing, performance techniques and the ins and outs of the studio environment.
William Masemola from the Arts and Culture component at DCAS said, “The purpose is twofold, first to assist budding songwriters and composers in honing their craft and overcoming challenges in songwriting. Secondly, to expose them to the world of the music business and how to turn their melodies into income streams.”
Participants were grateful to be given the opportunity to attend the workshop. Merelda Jospehs from Vredenburg said, “I grabbed this opportunity with both hands; I came to I learn more about the music industry and to find structure in my song writing. I would love for people to hear my story through my music.”
The workshop concluded with participants receiving a challenge – they should compose a song, which must be sent to Music Exchange representatives by March 2017. The winner will receive the opportunity to have their song recorded at one of the top recording studios in the county, and it will then be sent to radio stations as a single.
Young artists and songwriters should make use of the opportunities that DCAS provides through these workshops. Let’s continue to hone the skills of our budding musicians in the province, BETTER TOGETHER.