BANDUSTRY sessions in collaboration with Concerts SA and Zakifo
28 May & 30 May
28 May / 1-3pm / The Bat Centre
28 May / 7-10pm / Curiocity / Eat the Stage Before the Stage Eats You
30 May / 7-10pm / The Charlatan / Women in Music
Bandustry presents three interactive sessions this week to explore the business of music.
Bandustry is a network of people who are passionate about culture and South African music from any genre. Bandustry offers a series of talks in conjunction with The Good Luck Bar and Good Guy Vibes in Johannesburg and each month industry professionals and musicians openly discuss the news and challenges in the music business of today. As part of Zakifo, Bandustry is coming to Durban to host three workshops hosted jointly by Concerts SA and Zakifo.
Join Bandustry for one of the sessions during Zakifo week: 28 May / 1-3pm / The Bat Centre; 28 May / 7-10pm / Curiocity / Eat the Stage Before the Stage Eats You and 30 May / 7-10pm / The Charlatan / Women in Music.
The fifth annual Zakifo Music Festival opened last weekend with three events held at The Winston Hotel, The Werehouse and the Rainbow Restaurant. The festival culminates in an afternoon “It’s What You Need” concert in Durban’s Botanic Gardens on Saturday 1 June from 3pm with a line up which includes Ben Harper, Asa and Mr Eazi.
This year Zakifo hosts 25 or more acts over the course of two weekends, from 10 countries in a myriad genres and styles who will participate in a series of concerts, workshops, industry talks and artists collaborations.
“Collaboration is key to get our local music industry rising. Tackling the business elements of the music industry is a much-needed part in our local environment. We have great talent, but a huge percentage of our artists lack the skills to build a sustainable brand. Apart from the Bandustry event where we will discuss some of these topics head-on, we are expanding our content driven approach. This year, with the help of ConcertsSA, we are striving to have a bigger impact on our music landscape nationally,” said Melissa Fontini, Director of Bandustry.
Bandustry will kick the week off at The Bat Centre on Tuesday, 28 May, afternoon with an interactive session with two artists, Mpho Moloi from Urban Village and Durban band Red Robyn, and their music. They will teach and inspire through storytelling, exploring topics on their genre of music, how life on tour works, venues and bookings etc. Nick Hammon from 5fm will lead this conversation.
The second event will be hosted at Curiosity where the spotlight will be on performers. It is Bandustry’s second visit to this venue after a very successful evening among creatives in 2018. The Bandustry team and their panel of experts will dissect the elements of performance to help artist understand what they need to take their brand beyond borders. Whether an artist is on the road, a mainstage or a small venue, there are many ways to improve a performance to grow your career.
The Women in Music panel will be the final show for Bandustry during the creative week. With a strong presence of female industry leaders, the panel will share knowledge of their particular field and craft.
Networking is a strong focus at all three these events and Bandustry encourages an open Q&A so every artist has the chance to interact with professionals they do not have the opportunity to question on a daily basis.
Join Bandustry for one of the sessions during Zakifo week:
28 May / 1-3pm / The Bat Centre
28 May / 7-10pm / Curiocity / Eat the Stage Before the Stage Eats You
30 May / 7-10pm / The Charlatan / Women in Music
Keep an eye out on their social media pages to see further information with regards to which panellist will join them on the specific dates: @bandustry; Bandustry is supported by Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music; development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. For more information please visit their website, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at or like us on Facebook at
For Zakifo – general: / Press / PR: Visit festival platforms / Instagram: @zakifofest / Twitter: @zakifomusikfest / Facebook: @zakifofest for regular updates
Sponsors and partners: Igoda music festival circuit; Dept of Arts and Culture; Durban Tourism; eThekwini Municipality; Goethe Institut; Swiss Arts Council, Prohelvetia.
Tickets: All through / Zakifo.

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