The annual Breathe Sunshine African Music Festival has teamed up with the British Council Connect ZA, and Levity Africa to host a panel discussion Thursday, September 4th at the iThuba Space in Braamfontein at 6:30pm.
The panel will feature Kool Out’s DJ ID (Akio Kawahito) along with London based Kazim Rashid of the famed Warp Records and other prominent South African promoters. The panel will focus on the theme of “Emerging Promoters and Artists” and engage those working their way up in the industry as well as those wanting to get started.
Kazim co-runs THE LOVE BELOW/somethinksounds – labels specialising in soul futurism. Having spent the last 4 years living in Berlin, he moved back to London to take the position of Head of Marketing for the UK, at seminal electronic music imprint Warp Records, with whom he still works with today in a limited capacity. Kazim is also a renowned A+R consultant, scout and music manager. When not releasing records, Kazim can be found running boutique marketing strategy and production agency endless-love-show, which specialises in video content for fashion and music brands. Lastly, most recently Kazim joined the creative agency, PROTEIN as Creative Director.
Akio has traveled the world holding resident DJ positions in The Netherlands, Japan, and South Africa. In 2008, he started the influential Kool Out Lounge in Cape Town eventually turning the event into a company and becoming the most prolific provider of international hip hop events in S.A. Since then he has been nominated as Hip Hop DJ of the Year at the 2012 SA Hip Hop awards and manages multiple SAMA nominated rapper Reason. In addition, Kool Out now consults on hip hop and urban trends with various corporate entities and music festivals.
Entrance to the discussion is free and open to all. To register, click here.