Finally, after a year-long wait, the ONGEA Music Summit 2017 went down in style at the Sarit Center between February 16-19th, 2017.
The four-day event was truly a regional summit as it featured panelists and artists from across the Eastern and Central African region. A few artists from Latin America were also present.
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Music Industry Panels:
ONGEA Music Summits are not just about entertainment, but they also include educational forums and panels that help to educate and inform artists and music stakeholders of what’s happening.
This year’s panels was no different as it included guest appearances from music industry stakeholders and parastatal bodies such as MCSK, PRISK and KAMP as they discussed regulation and the growth of the industry.
The sound engineering and production panel, for example, discussed technical aspects of sound production in a studio and at events, educating artists on what they should demand.
ONGEA Music Summit 2017 Attendees & Exhibitors
Among the attendees were popular Kenya DJs and music stakeholders as they discussed the business of music in terms of digital distribution, event performances, and broadcasting.
Among the exhibitors were the ASUS computer company which showcased their latest machine, the VivoBook Pro NW552 that packs the SonicMaster audio technology from ASUS, built just for music and music artists. Karaoke
Karaoke Kapital was also on ground to help artists translate their music into karaoke. Other exhibitors included DJ academies, music studios, and independent artists selling their wares.
Entertainment: ONGEA Music Summit 2017
On the entertainment portfolio, we had interesting and new artists from Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania. Most were good at being musical instrumentalists and had excellent vocal capabilities. Some of these included Buula, who played the saxophone, from Uganda, and Jeff Mduma, who was playing guitar acoustics while singing. He is from Tanzania.
The artists who got the crowds on their feet included Disco Vumbi, Hart_the_Band, and PHY.
The event no doubt benefited artists and music lovers by helping them better understand the business of music and how far the industry has come. We look forward to the 2018 ONGEA Music Summit.
Special Credit: E-Labz