Ghana will experience music industry professionals from over 50 countries this November as the dates for the much-anticipated Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES), draws close.
From 28, 29 and 30 November 2019, several of Africa’s giant musicians in West Africa will team up with top producers and experts to share deep insights for music’s benefit.
A high-profile speakers and facilitators at ACCES 2019 conference will also see Chocolate City Vice-President Aibee Abidoye (Nigeria), Ditto Music founder and CEO Lee Parsons (UK), Airforce1 Records managing director Joe Chialo (Germany), Gallo Music Group general manager Rob Cowling (South Africa), Boulevard Festival co-director Hicham Bahou (Morocco), TRUE Africa founder and editor-in-chief Claude Grunitzky (Togo/UK), Simfy OTT music services head Oye Akideinde (Nigeria), Boomplay Ghana manager Elizabeth Ntiamoah (Ghana), Nyege Nyege Festival co-founder Derek Debru (Belgium/Uganda) and Grammy-nominated musician, author and rights activist Mark Levine (US).
Joining the tall list of speakers for this year’s event is Nigerian born Olubankole Wellington best known as Banky W.
Banky W co-founded the Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.) record label in 2002 while studying at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. In 2009, he moved to Nigeria and established the label in Lagos where he signed Wizkid, Niyola, Shaydee and Skales.
His music career gained momentum in 2005 following the release of his Back in the Building debut album. Other albums by the ‘All I Want Is You’ hitmaker include Mr. Capable (2008), The W Experience (2009) and R&BW (2013).
Banky W has worked with almost all the big names in Nigeria and continues to be a mentor for many artists in his country. He is the founder of I Am Capable, a scholarship that seeks to provide tuition fees for underprivileged pupils who meet the requirements to study at private universities. He is also involved in the Light Up Nigeria project, which aims to encourage the Nigerian government to provide steady electricity in the country.
Register/View the full ACCES 2019 online programme at .www.musicinafrica.net/