Mr Tebogo Alexander
Tebogo specialises in TV journalism & TV programming, broadcast news training & development, Arts & Lifestyle journalism. He started out in the BBC Africa Service in the early 90’s. He has been with the SABC since 1998 where he has held the Executive Producer for the SABC News’s special projects for over a decade. He has also held the positions of TV News Arts editor and producer SABC’s Weekend live. Tebogo was a judge on the Wawela awards for the past two years and writes regularly on Jazz.
Mr Andre le Roux (Managing Director of SAMRO Foundation)
Andre le Roux, arts administrator and cultural activist, is the Executive General Manager of the SAMRO Foundation. Starting with community work in the Cape Flats, he has studied arts administration in the USA, UK and the Netherlands, and has been in arts and culture administration at local, national and international level for some 20 years. He joined SAMRO in 2006 as Manager of the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts, the company’s social investment and music education arm, now the SAMRO Foundation. He has also worked for the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Department of Arts and Culture, and has served on the Boards of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), the Arts and Culture Trust, the South African Coalition on Cultural Diversity and Moshito. He is co-owner of IKS Consulting & Promotions for the advancement of African artists.
Mr Percy Mabandu
Percy Mabandu is a journalist and author of the recently published book Yakhal’inkomo: Portrait of Jazz Classic. A book about the classic 1968 jazz record by the late, composer and saxophonist, Winston Mankunku Ngozi. Mabandu has been writing about music and the arts in general for the last ten years. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines include the weekly City Press, Blaque Magazine, the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone Magazine, Chimurenga Chronic, and many others. He is a regular television and radio commentator on art and culture issues. Mabandu also serves on the Friends of IFAS, The Consultative Committee of The French Institute of South Africa.
Mr Kutlwano Masote
Kutlwano made his conducting debut during the 2006 Arts Alive Festival conducting the music of Todd Mathsikiza and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His drive is towards exploring cross-cultural works that stimulate dialogue between different performance traditions. During the MIAGI Festival of 2008, he conducted the world-premier of Coming Home, a jazz gospel cantata by Isak Roux. Some of the artists he has conducted include Simphiwe Dana, Sibongile Mngoma, Samson Diamond, Pretty Yende and Elvis Blue.
His international collaborations include conducting Brazilian icon Gilberto Gil (2011) in a concert at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, also featuring Paul Hanmer and Vusi Mahlasela accompanied by the MIAGI Youth Orchestra. Listen below to KAO. He orchestrated Madiba the African Opera working closely with the composer of the opera, Sibusiso Njeza to come up with a modern and accessible South African operatic language. He also conducted the world-premier of the opera in May 2014.
Ms Nothando Migogo (CEO of SAMRO)
Guided by her motto, “I’ll learn from you but I’ll do it like me”, Nothando used lateral thinking and her master’s in law to lead DALRO (Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation) into the digital age, in which the rules of copyright management and engagement have changed. With content now just a click away, she faced a dual task: to use the internet as a tool to help business and content grow, while entrenching the organisation’s relevance to rights holders and users. Nothando, the strategic mastermind behind new practices, is changing gears and direction by introducing a media organisation monitoring licence, a one- stop online shop for academic e-books and a distinctively South African image bank to encourage the use of visual art. By benefiting both the public and the artists she represents, Nothando is changing perceptions and proving that copyright isn’t prohibitive: it’s positive — and fundamentally part of the future too.
Mr Lazarus Serobe (DALRO)
Now a music publisher, management consultant and advocate, Lazarus “Lazzy” Serobe was one of a handful of black executives who helped transform the South African recording industry. He was CEO at Sony until 2005 and at Gallo from 2008 until 2010. Born and schooled in Soweto, he studied law at Wits university. He joined Sony as legal and business affairs director when the company was launched in South Africa in 1995.
In 2004 he launched Heita Records, a joint venture with Sony, who later bought him out. Heita was a success from the get-go, launching bands such as Malaika and housing songstress Sibongile Khumalo. When he took over at Sony he brought South African house and kwaito artists into the corporate fold They would later strike out as independents as the urban music scene evolved. Given the strength of SABC’s radio empire and the fraught situation around music rights on television, Serobe’s technical copyright and publishing knowledge could be sorely needed. (news24.com)
Mr Leon A. van Wyk (Chairman)
Pianist, organist and choral singer, Leon van Wyk obtained the degree of BMus Hons (1987) in General Music from the University of the Witwatersrand. He joined SAMRO in 1985, and, in the following years, held various posts in the company with regard to its function as administrator of copyright in musical works, served on several committees of SAMRO, and represented the company on the Supervisory Board of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which is based in Paris. He was the non-voting Chairman of the Board of Adjudicators of the SAMRO SENA Overseas Scholarships 2011 for Singers. Van Wyk resigned in that year, having been SAMRO’s General Manager: Rights holder Services with special responsibility for International Affairs since 2009. He currently conducts personal business interests in property administration and management.
Ms Nomfundo Xaluva
Nomfundo Xaluva is no ordinary musician. Her sultry voice and exquisite talent as a pianist is backed up by a masters degree in Jazz Studies (Voice and Dissertation) and her humble, joyful attitude to both life and her art. This talent and effortless demeanour as an artist is powerfully conveyed on her delightful album, Kusile.
She has performed with Sibongile Khumalo in a tribute show to Miriam Makeba, who was coincidentally the subject of her masters-dissertation and she has graced the stage alongside international stars like Dianne Reeves. In 2003 she enrolled for a BMus Jazz degree at the University of Cape Town. A few years later, she emerged from her deeply focussed studies with a masters degree in jazz and voice.
Professor Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph
Born in Pretoria, Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph studied piano with Adolph Hallis, Philip Levy and John Lill, among others. She obtained the BMus and MMus degrees with distinction, and, in 1979, tutored by Prof. Stefans Grové, she became the first woman in South Africato obtain the DMus degree for Composition. She also holds an honorary Doctorate in Education (2008). In 1974, she studied composition in Hamburg, Germany under the renowned composer, György Ligeti. In the following year, she was appointed lecturer at the School of Music of the University of the Witwatersrand, where she has been Professor of Theory and Composition since 2001. She has frequently been guest composer at music festivals in Europe and the USA, as well as lecturer on her specialisations, music by women composers, and indigenous African music and its influence on trans-cultural music by South African composers. Zaidel-Rudolph has served as adjudicator for many composition competitions and piano festivals. She has also made a notable contribution to Jewish music in Johannesburg as pianist, musical director, composer and arranger. In 2004 President Thabo Mbeki awarded Zaidel-Rudolph the Order of Ikhamanga in Bronze “for her outstanding contribution as a composer, pianist and teacher in the development of music in South Africa and internationally”. She is a member of the Board of SAMRO.