THE 5TH ONGEA! EASTERN AFRICA MUSIC SUMMIT
TAKES PLACE FROM THURSDAY 20TH TO SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2020
AT THE SARIT EXPO CENTRE, WESTLANDS, NAIROBI – KENYA
ONGEA! is Born out of our Annual KENYA MUSIC WEEK, which ran for 10 Years – every December, from 2004 to 2013.
Since KENYA MUSIC WEEK achieved its Objectives for the Kenya Music Industry over that Decade, we are now Broadening the Scope of our Event – whose three Pillars are still Trade, Learn and Showcase.
This Event will be held at Sarit Expo Centre in Westlands, Nairobi – KENYA, from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd February 2020.
Born out of 10 Years of KENYA MUSIC WEEK, ONGEA! – The Eastern Africa Music Summit returns for a 5th Year, on Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd February 2020, but now at the ALL NEW Sarit Expo Centre, Westlands in Nairobi – KENYA.
Built on the three Pillars of Trade, Learn and Showcase, this annual Summit offers high-level Interaction with Musicians, Songwriters, Composers, Performers, Producers, Publishers, Record Labels, Distributors, Retailers, Associations, Collective Management Organisations (CMOs), Promoters, Event Organisers, Publicists, Media, Educators, Trainers, Government, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Others involved in Music & Entertainment throughout Eastern Africa and Globally.
This year’s Theme is: Disrupt to Thrive!, seeking to Encourage increased Collaboration for Innovation in the Music & Entertainment Industry and the Information & Communication Technology Industry of Eastern Africa, as well as Futurists, Thought Leaders and Policy Makers.
The Trade Floor is Divided into Fifty-one (51) individual (3m x 3m) Exhibition Stands, where Multiple Stands are Available, that includes a Meeting Table & Chairs per Stand.
Furthermore, for each Exhibition Stand, there’s a 25-minute Showcase Performance slot Available, in front of Bookers from around Africa and the World. Alternatively, there is the Opportunity to Contribute on an Industry Panel, as a Learn initiative.
You can catch Highlights from various Editions of ONGEA! here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoi7MJDTUKaA1y5Rns70gPg
More than 29 bands and solo acts showcased for a chance to get booked to the various festivals including Germany’s leading club festival Reeperbahn and South Africa’s Music Conference KZN Music Imbizo now known as The Music Imbizo. An Open Mic Competition for two (2) Fully-paid Scholarships to Sauti Academy also attracted a huge turn out from aspiring music talents and was run through the partnership of Sauti Academy who judged and identified two outstanding acts. Artville Music operated the 2018 free demo recording studio for the second time in a row.
With growing interest for the industry in Eastern Africa delegates from America, Austria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda were in attendance.
The summit was made possible with the support of various partners and as we look forward to another exciting edition in February (14-17 February), ONGEA! shall make stops in various markets across the continent through the partnership of DISCOP Markets to explore the connection between the Music industry and key industries such as Advertising, film, Gaming and Television. The DISCOP Markets are scheduled for May 28-30 (Abidjan, July 11-13 (Zanzibar) and November 14-16 (Johannesburg).
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