News | Culture 15.11.2011

A Music Information Platform in sub-Saharan Africa

Siemens Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut marked the beginning of a long-term project with a conference in August 2011 in Johannesburg. The goal of the project is to set up an internet-based platform for music information.

Siemens Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut have initiated a project aimed at founding an internet-based platform for music information, offering basic information for music makers on the continent. The main focus will be on current developments to African contemporary music in sub-Saharan Africa, whereby room will be made for the diverse characteristics unique to each country. The orientation of content and its organization will be placed in the hands of local agents. A particular challenge will include making allowances for diverse technical circumstances and developing unrestricted access to the media available in Africa.

A conference with dignitaries from the African music scene was held in Johannesburg from the 24 - 27 August 2011 to discuss and explore needs and interests, and to focus on and develop further practice-oriented measures. An agreement was reached to form a sustainable structure together with local partners that would enable cross-genre, transnational and reliable communication which would in the process globally showcase African music.

The first step has been taken towards the completion of a sub-Saharan African music information centre. The global network and excellent knowledge of the cultural scenes in sub-Saharan Africa offered by the Goethe-Institut nicely compliments the Siemens Stiftung’s know-how of international music scenes.