DISCORE: African Music In Focus At Abidjan


The Growing Global Recognition of African Music and its Impact on Film, Television, Gaming and Advertising

In November 2017 DISCOP, in partnership with ONGEA! Africa, announced the launch of a new sidebar programme that will commence in DISCOP Abidjan May 28th – 30th.  DISCORE is a program that will specifically target the music industry across Africa with a focus on music production and supervision for content, licensing, synch deals and all the related implications.

DISCORE will provide a unique opportunity to learn from the pros and build relationships with international music supervisors as well as with film, television,and  digital content producers seeking original songs and scores that can accompany entertainment content destined for global audiences.

The full day program on May 30th will include a panel discussion featuring a host of experts in this field, followed by an informative workshop; How to Pitch your content to Music Supervisors that will be presented by Karabo Motijoane of Sheer Publishing Africa and Mike Strano, Founding Director of ONGEA! Africa.

The day will wrap up with Synch Connect, where producers have the opportunity to meet up with expert Music Supervisor to network and share their content for upcoming productions and get feedback and advice.

The highlight  of the day will be the panel discussion, The Growing Global Recognition of African Music and its Impact on Film, Television, Gaming and Advertising, that will be moderated by Mike Strano, the Founding Director of PHAT! Music & Entertainment in Nairobi, Kenya. Mike has been in the music industry for 18 years and is also the founder of the ONGEA! Africa East African Music Conference. ONGEA! Africa is PHAT!’s social enterprise, helping to further develop the music industry in the motherland.

The panelists will include:

  • Yvette Metoyer, Music Supervisor, SuperMusicVision
  • Karabo Motijoane, General Manager, Sheer Publishing Africa
  • Thembekile Mpungose, Legal & Sync Coordinator, Universal Music Africa

Yvette Metoyer: SuperMusicVision (Los Angeles)

Yvette Metoyer grew up in sunny Southern California and enjoyed spending her time outdoors. As the sun would set, she often spent hours in her brother’s room watching him spin UTFO and Run DMC on his Technics turntables. It was around this time that her love for music was born.

Inspired by her love of music and TV at an early age, she pursued a career in television production after having graduated from Cal State Long Beach.

After having worked on several successful shows, including the HBO series, Big Love, a lengthy WGA writers’ strike shut down all LA productions, and Yvette decided to take a music supervision extension course at UCLA, where she met one of the top music supervisors in the game, Thomas Golubic´.

A one-year apprenticeship with Thomas’ company SuperMusicVision blossomed into a nearly ten year working relationship with exciting collaborations on multiple film & TV projects, including the Emmy-award winning AMC series Breaking Bad, the zombie apocalypse ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead, the delightfully smart & charming Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, and the exciting new Amazon series, Sneaky Pete. Yvette has recently wrapped up the final season as co-music supervisor on the critically acclaimed AMC series Halt and Catch Fire and looks forward to starting season 3 of Sneaky Pete.

Thembekile Mpungose – Universal Music Africa (South Africa)

Thembekile Mpungose is a legal and sync with the focus on intellectual property licensing and copyright compliance. Among my notable achievements while at Universal I have managed to license music and negotiate the terms of agreement for the movies Black Panther and the Avengers amongst others. Sync music licensing  has become Universal’s alternate income stream priority and I am tasked with sourcing potential partners and clients and give them a music solution for any campaigns they might have and all the income generated in the last and current financial year are at an all time high and this is a result of relationships formed with client and my collaboration with stakeholders I believed would assist in making sync big in Africa and the world at large.

Karabo Motijoane, Sheer Publishing (South Africa)

Karabo has been in the industry for over 21 years and has served as Copyright Manager and later General manager at Sheer Publishing (Pty) Ltd is instrumental on signing most amazing talented south African songwriters like DJ Cleo, Skwatta Kamp, DJ Ganyani, H2O, Mapaputsi and TS Records, Zahara, The Late Robby Malinga, Mjakes Thebe, Kelly Khumalo, Cassper Nyovest, Dj Tira, Dj Sox, Nhlanhla Nciza of Mafikizolo, Tshidi Mholo of Malaika , 999 Music to name few, taking care of international clients such as Kobalt Music, Mushroom Music, Ole Music , Atal Music, to name few.

For more information and the full DISCOP Abidjan program go to www.discop.com

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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