Category Archives: Events

3 months ago Events , General , Music Business , Partners

KUMISA Masterclass Programs

On the 21st of April 2018, the KUMISA Artist Management & Music Publishing Masterclass students of 2017 finally graduated in a closed ceremony that was held at the KZN Film Commission. The ceremony was attended by the KUMISA Chairperson, KUMISA team, Masterclass Facilitators,  acclaimed artist manager, Lerato Sejeng and professional music publisher (current Music Manager for eTV’s soapy, Rhythm City), Fikiswa Pupuma (EDTEA), Buti Moloi (DAC) and Thembinkosi Ngcobo (PRC). With testimonials and words of encouragement from 3 former graduates from the class of 2016, Luyanda Mbhele, Nkululeko Nombela and Hapiness Mpase.

3 months ago Events , General , Music Business , Partners

Fusing Arts within Schools Workshop

The music industry, like any other industry requires sectors that enable it to function as a sustainable industry. These sectors include, but are not limited to: Performers, Authors & Composers, Copyright, Music Publishing and Collecting Societies, Music Producers, Business Management (Business, Legal & Accounting Consultants), PR Companies, Booking Agents, Music Venues / Festivals, Record Companies, Media (TV, Print & Digital), to list a few. All of these sectors are important for an artist to find success and while everyone looks at being the one in the front, there are hard working professionals in the back who are making the one in the front look good while they access success together.

As a way of ensuring that the other important careers within the music industry are not neglected and are presented to young high school students who still have to decide what careers they wish to venture into, KUMISA partnered with eThekwini Municipality’s Living Arts & Culture unit to present a program called, Fusing Arts within Schools Workshop, which is facilitated by KUMISA. The first of these workshops took place at Umlazi Senior Secondary on the 26 April 2018 KUMISA. More school visits dates will soon be published on the KUMISA website.

The workshop was very interactive with young high school pupils asking questions about the music industry in order to assert themselves within the music industry value chain. It was interesting to witness such enthusiasm from young kids and this interaction made this very first workshop a resounding success.

As the saying goes, “Ligotshwa lisemanzi” meaning, teach them while they are still young.

3 months ago Events , General , Music Business , Partners

Music Collecting Society News

Erykah Badu once said “Music and the music business are two different things”, this quote resonates with the recent news about a brewing war between South African Gospel artist, Hlengiwe Mhlaba and the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) in an article that was published by City Press Newspaper, simply titled “Gospel shocker: How black musicians got screwed” Charl Blignaut: 2018-04-01”.  Where her lawyer, Graeme Gilfillan claimed that SAMRO has been scamming artists out of their Performing Royalties for over 55 years by only paying out 16.7% of the royalties to the composer/author of the music and assigning the remaining 83.3% to a character known as “DP” (see article):

SAMRO CEO, Nothando Migogo responded to the published allegations in a press release statement, clarifying the “DP” query. She stated that the name DP (Domaine Publique) meaning public domain simply refers to music that has been released to the public domain after a 50 year period since the original author/composer had passed and that anyone who re-arranges music from the public domain is then allocated 16.7% as an arranger since the music has already been composed. The remaining 83.3% assigned to category “DP” goes back to SAMRO and is distributed accordingly to SAMRO members. This was further clarified at the Annual SAMRO Roundtable Discussion.

The Durban leg of the discussion was held at the Playhouse theatre on the 13 of April 2018 where KUMISA highlighted the need for SAMRO to be more accessible in all 11 districts of KZN, highlighting the fact that there are many authors/composers who think that they are SAMRO members by virtue of them having submitted membership forms, notification of works and deeds of assignment. However they do not know what to do in order to be considered as SAMRO members. This and the question around the lack of SAMRO licensed music venues and festivals, is currently being discussed by KUMISA and SAMRO.

As performers, authors or composers, are you registered with the relevant collecting societies?

Did you know that you need to be registered with SAMRO for Performing Royalties, CAPASSO for Mechanical Royalties, SAMPRA or IMPRA for Needle-time Royalties, RiSA Audio Visual (RAV) or AIRCO for Music Video Royalty distribution? For more info on the above, kindly visit KUMISA and become a member.

2 years ago Events , General , Music Business

Essence Festival Panel (Highlights)

“Artists devote yourself to putting yourself out there, rather than sitting and complaining about not being given a platform. Use the internet, take that expensive smartphone you own take videos record yourself and tag people go viral so people know about you. Sell yourself”- Kelly Price

“The Internet exists, use it to promote your music and yourself, it’s not for selfies only. I don’t want people who tell me they are musicians and when I get to their profiles all I see is a 1000 selfies. Put your work out there then you will get people hunting you and searching for you all over” – Estelle

“A manager should be someone you trust enough to make decisions on your behalf, someone you really trust and connect with” – Gaby (Kelly Price’s Manager)

“Don’t be all over the place, you can not be Jack of all trades. Know you brand understand your target market, know your strengths and stick to them.” – Kenneth Nkosi


KUMISA was THERE! (Essence Festival)

Our stand during the Essence Festival (Durban Business Fair).

Thank you to the city for pulling off this amazing event and also including the business of music in the centre of everthing. Things are looking great for the industry in KwaZulu-Natal.

Remember our vision: Protect, Promote and Invest in the growth and diversity of the KwaZulu-Natal music



KUMISA 2017 Opportunities

We are pleased to open the Call for KUMISA MUSIC BUSINESS INCUBATOR , PUBLISHING and ARTIST MANAGERMENT MASTER CLASSES Project Submissions which will take place from the beginning of February to November 2017. Once again, we are excited about receiving your submissions, and look forward to next year group with fresh and vibrant ideas that will bring transformation in the music industry of KZN.

The deadline for application is December 15, 2016.

It is regretted that due to the anticipated volume of applications it is not possible for KUMISA to acknowledge all applications received and that only those that are short-listed and interviewed will be notified of the outcome of their application.

If you don’t hear from KUMISA till 16 January kindly consider your application unsuccessful.

The application form could be downloaded on the link below:

Application Form – Artist Management Master Class

Application – Music Publishing Master Class

Music Business Company Incubator

for more information kindly contact Norma Mzimela:
Tel: 031 201 1731 or email:


Essence Festival Durban

The inaugural Essence Festival Durban will take place on the 8 to 13 November 2016 at one of the city’s iconic attractions, the Durban ICC and Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will feature distinguished authors i.e. Gcina Mhlophe and Achmat Dangor; international inspirational speakers i.e. Steve Harvey, singer/songwriters Kelly Price, Estelle and distinguished civil rights activist, community leader and television/radio host Rev. Al Sharpton and local visual artists from across the continent.

The festival will deliver an all-encompassing lifestyle and empowerment experience which will include a beauty and lifestyle expo featuring designers from across the continent showcasing and selling their products. The Arts, Craft and Design pavilion will showcase some of the best visual arts South Africa and the African continent has to offer, while all attending will also be treated to the different culinary tastes on offer. The money and technology colloquium, including the Durban Business Fair will act as a catalyst for business development.

Entry to some of the lifestyle and business exhibitions is free and open to the public with the exception to the below mentioned shows:
•    Durban Business Fair – 8 November 2016
•    Durban Business Fair – 9 November 2016
•    Women empowerment Breakfast – 10 November 2016
•    Music concert (All Africa Stars and US Artists) – 12 November 2016
•    Music concert (Gospel; US +Local + Emerging Gospel Winner) – 13 November 2016

The two music concerts taking place on 12 and 13 November at the Moses Mabhida Stadium will be headlined by performers such as DJ Black Coffee, Big Nuz, Babes Wodumo, DJ Zinhle, Wizkid from Nigeria, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams and many more.

The public is invited to attend the following events free of charge:
•    Entertainment Workshop (All aspects of Entertainment production & industry) – 10 November 2016
•    Empowerment Stage – 11 & 12 November 2016
•    Cultural Economy Exhibitions – 11, 12 & 13 November 2016
•    Gospel Focused Empowerment Stage – 13 November 2016
•    GOSPEL I.D. in Townships – 13 November 2016


The Sound of Music

The Playhouse Company announces top-notch cast for its festive season production of The Sound of Music

The Playhouse Company is delighted to announce the cast for its festive season staging of The Sound of Music, which opens in the magnificent Playhouse Opera Theatre on 24 November and runs until 30 December. This fresh, sparkling, new production will be directed by award-winning theatre director and actor, Ralph Lawson.

This heart-warming production features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, as suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.

Popular stage and television actor, Craig Urbani, will play Captain von Trapp, the Austrian naval captain who employs Maria Rainer to look after his children after the death of his wife. Musical theatre audiences will remember Urbani well for his performance in the lead role in the smash hit The Buddy Holly Story in South Africa and on London’s West End. After spending many years performing in Britain, Australia, Denmark, Singapore, New Zealand, France and Spain, he returned home in 2005 and has since featured in television’s Binnelanders, Isidingo, The Wild and many others. He has also played other lead roles in theatrical productions locally and abroad, including The Rocky Horror Show, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Grease, Fame, Annie and others. He has most recently performed in a one-man show called Morecambe for Pieter Toerien, as well as in eTV’s new series, Ashes to Ashes, and in Mzansi Magic’s It’s Complicated. He won a Vita Award and a DALRO Award for his performances in Buddy and in Hair in South Africa, was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in London’s West End, and won a SAFTA for his portrayal of Alec Mathews in SABC’s Isidingo.

The young, musical and tomboyish Maria who becomes a governess to Von Trapp’s seven children and who brings a new love of life and music into the home will be played by one of South Africa’s most dynamic and multi-talented entertainers, Lynelle Kenned. Well known to television viewers as runner-up in Top Billing’s presenter search and now as a presenter of Pasella, Kenned is a graduate of the University of Cape Town’s Opera School, and won the prestigious 2015 Fleur du Cap Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical for her role as Maria in The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, directed by Matthew Wild, as well as a Fleur du Cap nomination in the same year for her performance in The Fugard Theatre’s Davis Kramer production of Orpheus in Africa. A current member of The South African Sopranos, Kenned is also well known for around South Africa for not only her stage work, but also for her work as a voice-over artist, vocal coach, MC and motivational speaker.

The kindly, understanding Mother Abbess will be played by opera-trained singer, Arline Jaftha, who last impressed Durban audiences in The Playhouse Company’s Easter Concert in March. Jaftha is the Staff Soloist of the Cape Town Opera Company, with whom she has thrilled audiences across the globe. Britain’s Telegraph newspaper raved about her performance in Porgy and Bess, describing her “heartfelt, big-voiced Serena” as “shattering”.  A highlight of her career was singing at the opening of the Wales Millennium Centre for the Queen of England. Other roles have included Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen and Frasquita in Carmen.

Two of KwaZulu-Natal’s most popular actors, Liesl Coppin and Frank Graham, will also appear in this much-loved family musical. Liesl Coppin is set to play Elsa Schrader, a baroness of taste and elegance. Coppin is a multi-award winning actress and vocalist who has appeared in productions such as Oliver!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Glitter Girls, Richard Loring’s original cast of Girl Talk (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Malaysia), The Memory of Water, Crimes of the Heart, Winnie the Pooh, Noises Off, Robin Hood and the Babes of the Wood, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, Jack & the Beanstalk, Into the Woods, Abnormal Loads and Glitter Girls. Awards she has won include the following Mercury Durban Theatre Awards: Best Performer in a Musical Revue for Glitter Girls and Best Musical Revue for Glitter Girls in 2014; Best Female Performer in Children’s Theatre for Jack & the Beanstalk in 2013; Best Performer in a Musical Revue for Burlesque and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Beauty and the Beast in 2012; and Theatre Personality of the Year in 2009.

Frank Graham will play loyal Von Trapp family friend, Max Detweiler. Graham has been involved in the entertainment world for nearly 50 years as an actor in radio, television, film and stage. On stage he has appeared in a number of productions for The Playhouse Company, ranging from Shakespeare to pantomime, musical comedy to farce, and garnering him two theatre awards. He also works as a comedian and MC, and for the last 45 years has worked highly successfully as a voice artist, recording hundreds of radio and TV spots and other voice-overs.

Two more Durban favourites, Adam Doré, and Shelley McLean, will play Franz, the Von Trapp butler who is also a loyal Nazi, and Sister Sophia, respectively. Doré, who has over 10 years of professional theatrical experience as well as three academic degrees, has pursued his acting career in many fields, from edu-tainment such as The Playhouse Company’s adaptation of When Rain Clouds Gather and their hit musical West Side Story, to Shakespeare’s Othello. He has most recently been seen in Shrek! The Musical at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg. He also works in corporate theatre, as an MC and copywriter, and has appeared in various television commericals. He appeared in the international movie release of the local film White Gold and his joint production company, The Actors Unemployed Company (The AUC) has mounted a number of touring and award-winning productions, including Birdman, for which he was awarded Best Solo Performance at the 2012 Mercury Durban Theatre Awards, and Super Mokoena, for which he was nominated for Best Comedic Performance in 2014.

Thandulwazi Ncube will play the nun Sister Margaretta. Durban soprano Ncube has studied music in both South Africa and the United States, and has since featured in various productions both nationally and internationally, including Confessions of Zeno, The Magic flute by Mozart, Bizet’s Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, Elisir d’amore, Handel’s Messiah, Nelson Mass and uShaka kasenzangakhona by Mzilikazi Khumalo. She has worked with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in Durban, Bloemfontein, and in Cape Town. When not performing, Ncube works as a special needs teacher.

Erin Fourie will play Sister Berthe, and Alison Cassels plays Frau Schmidt, the domineering housekeeper.

Chantel Adendorff will play Liesl, the eldest of the Von Trapp children, while her suitor, Rolf Gruber, will be played by Rory Booth. Michael Gritten has the role of Herr Zeller, a stern and unsmiling Nazi, while Brian Payne will play the role of the other Nazi. Alternating in the roles of the other Von Trapp children will be Alex van Schalkwyk and Zach Coreia as Friedrich, Fazlyn Naidoo and Milla Di Paolo as Louisa, Swazi Thabethe and Sarah Sparks as Brigitta, Kyran Taylor and Ethan Abrahams as Kurt, Shweta Ramsaroop and Lara Wessels as Marta, and finally, Leah Laurenz and Leah Parry as Gretl.

Leagan Peffer, Julia Hosmer, Kristi-Leigh Gresse, Monde Marafana and Sandile Mkhize of The Playhouse Dance Residency/Phakama Dance Theatre will form part of the ensemble, with the rest made up of members of the Playhouse Actors Studio and Playhouse Chorale.

Booking is open at Computicket outlets nationwide, and tickets started selling a year in advance, so book now for the timeless classic that every family should share. Tickets are R150, R180, R200 and R225 each if pre-booked, and R170, R200, R220 and R245 at the door one hour before the show. Students and pensioners receive a discount of 30% off the highest ticket price. Block bookings discounts are as follows: 10% discount for 10 to 19 people; 20% discount for 19 to 49 tickets; and 30% discount on 50 or more tickets. To make a block booking, please call (031) 369 9405 or (031) 369 9460.


2016 Wawela Music Awards

On Friday, 07 October 2016 the Southern African Music Rights Organisation NPC (SAMRO) announced winners for the 2016 Wawela Music Awards (WMAs). Revealed at a glitzy event attended by industry stakeholders, the awards proved once again that they are growing and are still about celebrating the least talked about music composers, and songwriters.

Held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, this year’s big winners included Beatenberg who took home Best South African Duo or Group award while afro-pop songwriter/singer Maleh scooped Best Creative Album of the Year. Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial was taken by the popular acapella group, The Soil for their song Joy.

SAMRO Marketing General Manager, Tiyani Maluleke said this year’s awards have surpassed standard set in the previous years – something she attributed to the quality of entries submitted and also venue change. “This year’s awards were a showcase of various music creators known by people and those that are not in the public eye. With the 2016 Wawelas, we were once again able to put a spotlight on some of the best talents we have in the South African music industry.”

Marking its fourth year running, the awards were a true demonstration of how local sound has matured, with the new generation of music composers, lyricists and songwriters proving that they are ready to carry on the legacy that is being left behind by industry legends.

Recipients of the Special Awards were announced during the launch of the awards and nominees announcement ceremony in August. Winners for the 2016 Special Awards are music legend, Abigail Kubeka who took the Lifetime Achievement award, while veteran producer, Gabi Le Roux was honoured with the Prolific Catalogue of Works and international renowned musician Oliver Mtukudzi walked away with Breaking Through the Borders award.

“It is because of these legends’ legacy and guidance that the South African music business is where is it is today. As SAMRO, we find it fitting to always pay homage to veterans such as Abigail Kubeka, Gabi Le Roux and Oliver Mtukudzi.”
Other winners on the night included Nick Sakellarides who took Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary and Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial. Benjamin William Jephta was also awarded two trophies for Best Male Artist and Composer/Co-Composer, and Songwriter of the Year. Benjamin Willem won Best Song or Composition in a Television Production while Best Female Artist and Composer went to Lindiwe Maxolo.

Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary
Nik Sakellarides
Best Song or Composition in a Television Production
Benjamin Willem

Best song or Composition in a Television Commercial
The Soil

Best song or Composition in a Radio Commercial
Nik Sakellarides

Best Creative Album of the Year

Songwriter of the Year
Benjamin William Jephta

Best South African Duo or Group

Best Male Artist and Composer/Co-Composer
Benjamin William Jephta

Best Female Artist and Composer
Lindiwe Maxolo

Lifetime Achievement Award
Abigail Kubeka
Prolific Catalogue of Works
Gabi Le Roux

Breaking Through The Borders
Oliver Mtukudzi



3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Notice is hereby given that the 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members of the KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association (KUMISA) will be held at the Waterfront Hotel & Spa, 40 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Point Waterfront, Durban, on the 19 August 2016 at 1pm.

For the following business:
1. To confirm the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
2. To Nominate and Elect a new board
3. To transact other business as may be transacted at an Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting are available on the KUMISA website ( For a copy of the Annual Financial Statements, please email or call 031 201 1731.

By the order of the Board of Directors

Mrs Debbie Mari (Signed)
Chairperson of the Board

RSVP: Please RSVP before 16 August 2016 to Norma Mzimela on 031 201 1731 or email

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