Music In Africa Board Members

The affairs of the Music In Africa Foundation are governed by a Board of Management constituted of individuals and representatives of organisations and businesses active in the field of music in Africa. These are the current Board members:

Aisha Deme - Chairperson

Aisha Deme is the co-founder and manager of Agendakar.com, a portal exclusively dedicated to promote and showcase Senegalese art. She has a strong passion for art and culture and is very connected to operators in Senegal’s diverse arts scene.

Prof. Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse - Deputy Chairperson

Prof. Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse holds a doctorate (Ph.D) in Social Communication from the Catholic University of Congo (2016). Between 2006 and 2007, he worked as a journalist for Radio Okapi in Kinshasa. Radio Okapi is a radio station of the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in DR Congo.

Belisa Rodrigues - Treasurer

Belisa Rodrigues is General Manager of the African Arts Institute (AFAI), where for the last four years she has been involved in developing creative and cultural industries by building capacity through training initiatives and developing markets for African creative goods and services in partnership with like-minded institutions across Africa.

Adé Bantu

Adé Bantu is a Nigerian-German musician, producer and social activist. He is best known as the front man of the 13-piece band BANTU and creator of Afropolitan Vibes a monthly concert series in Lagos, Nigeria.

Faisal Kiwewa

Faisal Kiwewa is the founding director of Bayimba Cultural Foundation in Uganda. His passion for arts and culture began during primary and secondary school. Before establishing Bayimba in November 2007, he acquired diplomas in music composition and performance and audiovisual production. 

Jens Cording

Jens Cording is a certified music teacher; the violin was his first instrument. He has played in various orchestras and ensembles, and also worked as a teacher. He studied culture management at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. During his studies he engaged in the marketing of cultural activities for senior citizens, planning events and time management

Noemie Njangiru

Noemie Njangiru is the regional head of the department for culture and development at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, the regional office for sub-Saharan Africa.

Andre Le Roux

Andre Le Roux is the Managing Director of the Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation and, past chairman of the Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition and the South African Coalition for Cultural Diversity.