This is a summary of the major outcomes of a panel discussion titled Touring Circuits in Africa, which was held as part of the Music In Africa Foundation’s inaugural AGM Plus conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in November 2016.
During this particular panel discussion – attached below – festival organisers spoke about the state and challenges of touring circuits in Africa while taking questions from audience members about the steps musicians needed to take to participate in various events. The organisers provided ample information, and clarification, about the channels that artists had to open in order to be considered for some of Africa’s top festivals.
Panelists included Ade Bantu of Afropolitan Vibes (Nigeria), Jess White of Azgo Festival (Mozambique), Yusuf Mahmoud of Sauti za Busara Festival (Zanzibar) and Faisal Kiwewa of Bayimba Festival (Uganda). The discussion was moderated by Ethiopian musician and activist Munit Mesfin.
The Music In Africa Foundation takes its Annual General Meeting to a different African country each year, using the opportunity to bring influential music industry players from across the globe together to exchange ideas, discover new talent and accelerate the shaping of the vibrant music sector on the continent.