MUSIC EXCHANGE (MEX) CULMINATES WITH GRAMMY-AWARD-WINNING KEYNOTE

 

 

MUSIC EXCHANGE (#MEX20), South Africa’s preeminent entertainment-economy-invested conference returned this September for the 10th consecutive year, and with it a truly impressive raft of seminal speakers.

Opening with Charles Goldstuck and Arthur Goldstuck followed swiftly by Siphokazi Jonas, Christian Wright, Lance Stehr, Wiseman Ngubo, Neil Johnson, Callum Stevenson, Karabo Senna, Manqoba Kubheka  and Moreira Chonguica

#MEX20 closes on yet another new high with non-other than multi-Grammy award-winning composer, Professor of Music and wife to none-other than Omar Hakim, Rachel Z!

The amazing Rachel Z is a two-time Grammy winner and will close Music Exchange 2020’s annual conference on Sunday 20 September at noon on the Ticketpro platform.

She discusses the global entertainment landscape and takes audiences on an in-depth look of their personal studio space and goes through all the gear she and Omar create on.

Rachel Z Hakim is a jazz and rock pianist and keyboardist and is considered one of the most influential and versatile musical forces of her generation.

 

She has already recorded 10 solo albums as a jazz musician. “Rachel Z is an improviser whose spontaneous playing is by no means eclipsed by the work of presiding geniuses such as Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner”, opined John Fordham in The Guardian (4 August 2005.)

In 1988, she co-wrote the Grammy Award-winning and certified Gold Record Tokyo Blue with saxophonist Najee.

From 1988–96 she played keyboards and piano with fusion band Steps Ahead with vibes player Mike Mainieri.

In 1995 she worked with Wayne Shorter, on his album High Life, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. She was also responsible for the album’s 40 tracks of synthesized orchestral sounds, acoustic piano solos and several concurrent world tours.

Rachel worked closely on preproduction with Marcus Miller in the studio to mesh the synth orchestra with the live ensemble to create the unique and innovative soundscape.

Besides her decades of work, Ozmosys (Omar and Rachel Z) is where we find her today and she and her husband are currently working on their second release in their studio and plan to release the project in 2021. The band performs Improvised EDM electronica jazz funk-rock.

The group recently recorded an EP at #PowerStation #BerkleeNYC, which came out in 2019 with #KurtRosenwinkel on guitar and #LinleyMarithe on bass and also toured with #JCMaillard on guitar.

With a CV longer and more impressive than most, her hour-long welcome right into the heart of where the magic happens is a rare, beautiful, respectful and rewarding session and a fitting close to Music Exchange 2020 (#MEX20).


In partnership with TicketproV&A,  Acom Branding Paul Bothner MusicWestern Cape Government and Digicape. #MEX20 not only delivered on its promise to empower, but it has also brought the world a little closer together and with it a further opportunity to keep its intent alive with future sessions already underway.

Secure your ticket and watch live or post, until 30 September 2020.

For booking details, and more information, go HERE

 

Lauded and awarded for its consistent commitment to the broader South African music industry, MEX’s incredibly productive and positive 10th anniversary year ran from 10 to 20 September 2020 with a wealth of quality international and local speakers.

With the overall industry decimated in the face of the COVID-19 fallout, #MEX20’s annual conference remains critical to surviving and succeeding in a world that remains in financial free fall.

Despite 2020 being the most challenging in MEX’s decade of dedication, investment and global outreach, Music Exchange 2020 (#MEX20) opened its annual industry-focused indaba to the world to rave reviews and appreciation.

Over the past 10 years, MEX has actively informed, partnered and brokered with some of the biggest and most influential players and institutions, with the sole purpose of elevating, educating and sharing a wealth of learning from all four corners of the planet and 2020s #MEX20 was no different.

If anything, #MEX20 offered a global audience, directly or indirectly professionally affected by the pandemic, an opportunity to explore the possibility of change in recovering and rising above a year that’s riddled with uncertainly and confusion. All 10 sessions continue to be hosted until 30 September 2020 for those who may have missed out at the start of this year’s indaba.

MEX has, over the past decade, become synonymous with offering a variety of specialist speakers across a plethora of disciplines, from publishing, live performance, production, PR and marketing, song-writing and all legal aspects associated with nurturing and growing the overall entertainment ecosystem.

MEX has welcomed and hosted the likes of composer Dr Trevor Jones, musician and producer Bryan Michael Cox, Stuart Rubin, The Orchard’s Ben Oldfield, Mark Murdoch, Mos Def, Tim Renner, Sipho Mabuse, Tom Novy, Karen Zoid, RJ Benjamin and AKA, among many more, all in an impressive lead up to this year’s impressive list of recorded speakers.

 

 

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