Hi, all - I'm off to Buenos Aires for the South American Music Conference and to Accra for 'Independence Splash.'
Held at the Centro Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires, the South American Music Conference
is for fans of electronica; the two day event includes competitions,
workshops, discussions as well as performances from bands such as
Chilian Javiera Mena, and Columbia's Diva Gash. DJ's include UK's dance
chameleon Justin Robertson and techno wiz Sven Vath – he's the man
behind the German label Cocoon and they will be hosting an eleven hour
party on the first night of the conference. If you enjoy wicked visuals
to sway your hips to, these will be provided by the likes of urban
artists DOMA from Argentina and Parisian new media designers HelloHikimori.
Ghana was the first black African country to gain independence from colonial rule in 1957. To honour this achievement Ghanaian superstar Rocky Dawuni established 'Independence Splash' in 2001, a huge concert attracting thousands of music fans to celebrate their homeland and it’s rich musical heritage. UNICEF and Africa Live! Are presenting this year's 50th anniversary event while promoting a scheme for clean water. Independence Splash will be held on the aptly named La Pleasure Beach in Accra, headlined by music maestro Rocky Dawuni, with other performances by raglife star Batman Samini, griot sensation King Ayisoba and DJ Black Santino.
That's it for this week. For more information about these events, go to KCRW.com/GlobalGigGuide. And if you want to tell me about musical happenings in your part of the world, send me an email Gemma.Dempsey@kcrw.org.
Otherwise, check back with us next week for more information on Global Gigging.