The Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka will give the keynote speech in Kenya’s first 100% digital summit set to last three days.

ONGEA! – The Eastern Africa Music Summit returns for a 6th Year, from Monday, 22nd to Wednesday 24th February 2021, at 12.00 pm – 9.00 pm EAT (GMT+3) Daily.

Chaka Chaka will give the speech in her new Capacity as the Vice President for CISAC (Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs) – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors & Composers, which is an international Non-Governmental and Not-For-Profit organisation, that aims to Protect the Rights and Promote the Interests of Creators worldwide.

Mike Strano, who is also an Event Producer of 20 Years at PHAT! Productions explained, “Due to the potential Health and Financial Risks of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we had Decided to Cancel 2021 Edition.”

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Adding,

“However, like many other Music Markets around the World, ONGEA! has also gone Online, in
order to continue Serving the Creative Industry of Eastern Africa – especially during this Crisis”.

Born out of 10 Years of KENYA MUSIC WEEK, ONGEA! – The Eastern Africa Music Summit is a Corporate Social Investment of PHAT! Music & Entertainment Limited, to help Develop a Creative Industry that is more Professional, Transparent and Profitable for All, with Music as a Driver.

“Intellectual Property is the Fuel that Drives our Creative Industry, and over the last 16 Years we have Worked with Governments and Stakeholders to help Reform the Business of Copyright & Related Rights in Eastern Africa”, says the Founder.

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He continued,

“However, there is Still a Lot of Work to be Done on Compliance. For example, No Shows for Musicians during the ongoing Pandemic across the World has brought the Importance of Royalties into Focus for just Survival alone. However, in Eastern Africa, the meaningful Collection & Distribution of such Revenue is Absent, plunging our Artists into Financial Distress. Now is the Time to Fix the System, so that our industry can Recover and never Face such Challenges again.”

As such, ONGEA! 2021 shall feature a special Webinar on Tuesday 23rd February 2021, from 02.00 pm-03.30 pm EAT (GMT+3), entitled: Royalties in Focus. COVID-19 showed the Importance of Royalties as a Revenue stream and amplified the Challenges in Eastern Africa with Collection & Distribution.

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