The upcoming Musicians Indaba will focus on performers in the music sector such as instrumentalists, composers, lyricists and vocalists.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency and Chairperson of the Presidential Task Team on Creative Industries, Buti Manamela, will next week Friday convene the Musicians Indaba at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, south of Johannesburg.

The Indaba will be the first of consultations within the creative sector including theatre, dance, film, visual arts, and crafts, among others.

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) on Wednesday said previous engagements with this sector have been with organised bodies and music business representatives.

The Musicians Indaba is set to provide a platform for performing artists in the music sector to engage with the state on issues affecting them as creative industries practitioners.

The department also said the Indaba will offer the Presidential Task Team the space to provide feedback on the work of the task team since June 2015, when Deputy Minister Buti Manamela was appointed Chairperson.

This platform is also an opportunity to revisit matters raised in the past that musicians still find challenging.

It will also provide government departments and state institutions within the creative industries environment an opportunity to bring their services to the musicians.

The outcomes of the Musicians Indaba will be channelled back to the Presidential task team for fast-tracked resolutions.

The Presidential Task Team on Creative Industries comprises Deputy Ministers of Arts and Culture Maggie Sotyu, Trade and Industry Gratitude Magwanishe, Communications Tandi Mahambehlala, Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Higher Education Mduduzi Manana, Finance Sfiso Buthelezi, and Police Bongani Mkongi.

The Deputy Ministers of Labour and Economic Development participate in the Task Team on a special invitation from the Chairperson.

Source: South African Government News Agency