Elevating African Music to the Global Stage

Harness the Power of Our Network: Unite with Artists, Innovators, and Enthusiasts in Shaping the Future of African Music

Welcome to Arts Connect Africa

Discover the vibrant heart of African music with Arts Connect Africa. Our mission is to bring together artists, musicians, and cultural enthusiasts from across the globe in a celebration of Africa’s rich musical heritage. From traditional beats to contemporary sounds, ACA is your gateway to the pulsating rhythms of the continent.

ACA Core Team

USA

Katherine McVicker

Nigeria

Kayode Adebayo

Zimbabwe

Walter Wanyanya

Zimbabwe

Plot Mhako

South Africa

Andrew Josh Georgiou

South Africa

Brad Holmes

South Africa

Atlas Duma

South Africa

Sphe Mbhele

Angola

James Titelman

Namibia

Gordon Jay

Senegal

Dudu Saar

Congo

Sylvie Mavoungou Bayonne

South Africa / Colombia

Salym Fayad

Sierra Leone

Ignacio Priego Jimeno

Uganda

Faisal Kiwewa

South Africa

Dan Chiorboli

USA

Katherine McVicker

Founder and director of Music Works International, and co-founder of CCA. An experienced public speaker and booking agent, in her 30 year career specializing in jazz and world music, she has helped to develop the international careers of a wide range of artists, including Norah Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. She has developed promoter networks in Europe and Scandinavia and is currently working on developing similar networks in South America and the Asia-Pacific region.

Nigeria

Kayode Adebayo

Olukayode Adebayo is a seasoned Culture and Creative Industry Professional with over 12 years of diverse expertise in Creative & Culture Industry, Media, Events, Technology, and Consultancy. Convener of the African Music and Cultural Expo (Amfest Expo) for nearly 8 years, orchestrating bespoke culture professionals gatherings across the African Continent and beyond,fostering enterprise development, and facilitating invaluable networking opportunities for culture industry practitioners.

Founder/CEO of Ckrowd.com, A Music Business Education & Digital Profiling Platform for Music Industry Professionals. The platform facilitates trainings, verifications & endorsements for African Music Professionals, helping to enable international music industry earning opportunities & career growth for them.

Zimbabwe

Walter Wanyanya

Co-Founder
Music and technology entrepreneur based in Zimbabwe. Founder of multiple tech and music production firms, accomplished artist manager, and Director of the Jacaranda Music Festival.

Zimbabwe

Plot Mhako

Creative Social Entrepreneur, Arts Journalist, and Cultural Activist based in Germany.
Founder | Jibilika.org.zw  
Founder |  Skate Zimbabwe Project  
Co-Founder | Mafuwe International Festival of Dance
Co-Founder | Kuenda Productions  
Co-Founder | Zim Hip Hop Summit | Zimdancehall Summit
Founder | EARGROUND Radio
Writer | Zimbojam.com 
Contributor | NewsDay

South Africa

Andrew Josh Georgiou

Experienced entrepreneur in the music and entertainment industry. His 30-year trail blazing career includes working for Sony Music (South Africa) as International Marketing Manager, opening a venue and production company, and managing Hugh Masekela. He now sits on the Board of Directors of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation and Cultural Connections Africa.

South Africa

Brad Holmes

Highly experienced, versatile and accomplished producer, promoter and venue owner. With the advent of democracy in South Africa, he played an integral role in developing and sustaining the domestic and African music industry primarily through the founding of the Bassline Jazz Club in 1994. More recently, in his role as Managing Director of Bassline Live, he has formed Bassline Artist Management whose current clients include Vusi Mahlasela and Nakhane.

South Africa

Atlas Duma

Art Director at Sagiya Foundation and Dim-Dep Director.

South Africa

Sphe Mbhele

Founder and project manager of The Music Imbizo, a fast growing international music business conference based in Durban, South Africa.

Angola

James Titelman

Founder Poola MBoombo Productions. Experienced Senior Sales Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the music industry.

Namibia

Gordon Jay

Co-Owner at MindScape Events Management
Executive Producer of African Music & Arts Festival

Senegal

Dudu Saar

Manager to Youssou Ndou with thorough knowledge of the music industry and worldwide festival circuit.

Congo

Sylvie Mavoungou Bayonne

Director of the Pointe-Noire CONGO French Institute. Previous experience as Artistic and Communications Director at Espaces Confluence and Soul Power Kongo

South Africa / Colombia

Salym Fayad

Cultural promoter, independent reporter and documentary photographer from Bogota, Colombia, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, since 2008. He has worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa covering issues related to music and popular culture, migration and human rights. Co-director of MUICA African Film Festival in Colombia and co-founder of Fundación Otro Sur, an independent organisation working on projects of cultural exchange between African and Latin American countries.

Sierra Leone

Ignacio Priego Jimeno

Ignacio Priego is a music development specialist with creative, economic and social focuses. In 2001 he founded Loop Circus, working internationally for over a decade as music promoter, event producer and DJ in forums such as Venice and Havana Biennales or SXSW. Creator of the touring programme Music Mobility Fund (Concerts SA, SAMRO), he has in-depth knowledge of the African live music sector, having supported 200 tours in over 20 different countries. He is the co-director of POST POST music agency and record label with BLK JKS drummer Tshepang Ramoba. He is Program Manager at NewMusicSA, Managing Director for the ISCM World New Music Days 2023 and Curator of Oluzayo Festival (Germany & South Africa).

Uganda

Faisal Kiwewa

Faisal KIWEWA is the founder and Artistic Director of Bayimba Foundation. Together with a skilful team of he has worked hard to transform the arts scene
in Uganda from a rather static state to its current level of vibrancy. During the past years, under his guidance, Bayimba has trained, supported and created
numerous platforms to celebrate the arts in Uganda. As such, Bayimba has developed into a house hold name among artists and professionals, not only
within Uganda but also within the East African region and other corners around the world.

South Africa

Dan Chiorboli

Currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, percussionist and producer Dan Chiorboli was born in Ferrara, Italy and grew up in Durban, South Africa. Dan is a Musician and Producer, Event Conceptualiser and Festival Director with extensive experience in the Business Sector.

ACA Core Team

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USA

Katherine McVicker

Nigeria

Kayode Adebayo

Zimbabwe

Walter Wanyanya

Zimbabwe

Plot Mhako

South Africa

Andrew Josh Georgiou

South Africa

Brad Holmes

South Africa

Atlas Duma

South Africa

Sphe Mbhele

Angola

James Titelman

Namibia

Gordon Jay

Senegal

Dudu Saar

Congo

Sylvie Mavoungou Bayonne

South Africa / Colombia

Salym Fayad

Sierra Leone

Ignacio Priego Jimeno

Uganda

Faisal Kiwewa

South Africa

Dan Chiorboli

USA

Katherine McVicker

Founder and director of Music Works International, and co-founder of CCA. An experienced public speaker and booking agent, in her 30 year career specializing in jazz and world music, she has helped to develop the international careers of a wide range of artists, including Norah Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. She has developed promoter networks in Europe and Scandinavia and is currently working on developing similar networks in South America and the Asia-Pacific region.

Nigeria

Kayode Adebayo

Olukayode Adebayo is a seasoned Culture and Creative Industry Professional with over 12 years of diverse expertise in Creative & Culture Industry, Media, Events, Technology, and Consultancy. Convener of the African Music and Cultural Expo (Amfest Expo) for nearly 8 years, orchestrating bespoke culture professionals gatherings across the African Continent and beyond,fostering enterprise development, and facilitating invaluable networking opportunities for culture industry practitioners.

Founder/CEO of Ckrowd.com, A Music Business Education & Digital Profiling Platform for Music Industry Professionals. The platform facilitates trainings, verifications & endorsements for African Music Professionals, helping to enable international music industry earning opportunities & career growth for them.

Zimbabwe

Walter Wanyanya

Co-Founder
Music and technology entrepreneur based in Zimbabwe. Founder of multiple tech and music production firms, accomplished artist manager, and Director of the Jacaranda Music Festival.

Zimbabwe

Plot Mhako

Creative Social Entrepreneur, Arts Journalist, and Cultural Activist based in Germany.
Founder | Jibilika.org.zw  
Founder |  Skate Zimbabwe Project  
Co-Founder | Mafuwe International Festival of Dance
Co-Founder | Kuenda Productions  
Co-Founder | Zim Hip Hop Summit | Zimdancehall Summit
Founder | EARGROUND Radio
Writer | Zimbojam.com 
Contributor | NewsDay

South Africa

Andrew Josh Georgiou

Experienced entrepreneur in the music and entertainment industry. His 30-year trail blazing career includes working for Sony Music (South Africa) as International Marketing Manager, opening a venue and production company, and managing Hugh Masekela. He now sits on the Board of Directors of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation and Cultural Connections Africa.

South Africa

Brad Holmes

Highly experienced, versatile and accomplished producer, promoter and venue owner. With the advent of democracy in South Africa, he played an integral role in developing and sustaining the domestic and African music industry primarily through the founding of the Bassline Jazz Club in 1994. More recently, in his role as Managing Director of Bassline Live, he has formed Bassline Artist Management whose current clients include Vusi Mahlasela and Nakhane.

South Africa

Atlas Duma

Art Director at Sagiya Foundation and Dim-Dep Director.

South Africa

Sphe Mbhele

Founder and project manager of The Music Imbizo, a fast growing international music business conference based in Durban, South Africa.

Angola

James Titelman

Founder Poola MBoombo Productions. Experienced Senior Sales Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the music industry.

Namibia

Gordon Jay

Co-Owner at MindScape Events Management
Executive Producer of African Music & Arts Festival

Senegal

Dudu Saar

Manager to Youssou Ndou with thorough knowledge of the music industry and worldwide festival circuit.

Congo

Sylvie Mavoungou Bayonne

Director of the Pointe-Noire CONGO French Institute. Previous experience as Artistic and Communications Director at Espaces Confluence and Soul Power Kongo

South Africa / Colombia

Salym Fayad

Cultural promoter, independent reporter and documentary photographer from Bogota, Colombia, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, since 2008. He has worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa covering issues related to music and popular culture, migration and human rights. Co-director of MUICA African Film Festival in Colombia and co-founder of Fundación Otro Sur, an independent organisation working on projects of cultural exchange between African and Latin American countries.

Sierra Leone

Ignacio Priego Jimeno

Ignacio Priego is a music development specialist with creative, economic and social focuses. In 2001 he founded Loop Circus, working internationally for over a decade as music promoter, event producer and DJ in forums such as Venice and Havana Biennales or SXSW. Creator of the touring programme Music Mobility Fund (Concerts SA, SAMRO), he has in-depth knowledge of the African live music sector, having supported 200 tours in over 20 different countries. He is the co-director of POST POST music agency and record label with BLK JKS drummer Tshepang Ramoba. He is Program Manager at NewMusicSA, Managing Director for the ISCM World New Music Days 2023 and Curator of Oluzayo Festival (Germany & South Africa).

Uganda

Faisal Kiwewa

Faisal KIWEWA is the founder and Artistic Director of Bayimba Foundation. Together with a skilful team of he has worked hard to transform the arts scene
in Uganda from a rather static state to its current level of vibrancy. During the past years, under his guidance, Bayimba has trained, supported and created
numerous platforms to celebrate the arts in Uganda. As such, Bayimba has developed into a house hold name among artists and professionals, not only
within Uganda but also within the East African region and other corners around the world.

South Africa

Dan Chiorboli

Currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, percussionist and producer Dan Chiorboli was born in Ferrara, Italy and grew up in Durban, South Africa. Dan is a Musician and Producer, Event Conceptualiser and Festival Director with extensive experience in the Business Sector.

Global Networking Opportunities

Expand your horizons by connecting with our worldwide community of artists, musicians, and enthusiasts, fostering global collaborations.

Exclusive Events

Gain access to a curated selection of events, workshops, and concerts, celebrating African music and culture with ACA membership.

Professional Development Programs

Advance your career through ACA's tailored educational programs and mentorship, designed to nurture talent and professional growth.

Cultural Preservation

Contribute to the preservation and global promotion of African music heritage, joining efforts to showcase its contemporary and traditional richness.

Collaboration Platform

Engage in seamless collaborations using ACA’s digital platform, a hub for musicians, promoters, and industry professionals to create and share.

Join our Network

Become a part of a movement that transcends borders. Whether you’re an artist looking to showcase your talent, a music lover eager to discover new sounds, or a cultural enthusiast passionate about promoting African heritage, ACA is your platform for connection and collaboration.

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