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Highlights

  • 02:53 - The impact of globalization on culture
  • 12:55 - How the education system contributes to the sytemic eradication of African cultures
  • 28:08 - What is a Sangoma?
  • 65:09 - Challenges faced by music artists
  • 72:38 - The legal side of music

Nothando Migogo is arguably one of the foremost knowledgeable and experienced people across Africa when it comes to understanding copyright licensing in the creative industries. She has spent the last decade leading copyright licensing organisations, most recently as CEO of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO).

She has made a significant impact on the music royalty collection landscape both in South Africa and the African continent.

Naturally, she was the person I sought to speak to when it comes to understanding the legal side of music as well as seeking the answer to the perennial question: "why do South African music artists die poor?"

However, as important, given Nothando's wide-ranging experience, I also talk extensively to her about culture and especially about how most African cultures have taken a "backseat" as Western culture continues to be a dominating culture.

We also talk about, as I was curious to find out, how she is able to practice as both a sangoma and an attorney. As well as how she navigates the negative connotations many people have about sangomas.

Biography: Nothando Migogo

Nothando Migogo is an intellectual property practitioner in the creative industries, specialising in royalty management and licensing arrangements. She has a special personal interest in the management of African intellectual property (indigenous knowledge), music and the digital marketplace.

Nothando has spent the last decade leading copyright licensing organisations in the creative industries and has made a significant impact on the music royalty collection landscape both in South Africa and the African continent.

She is a Pan-Africanist, a hiphop head and is working towards being the consummate strategist in copyright licensing. Nothando holds an LLB (2004) and LLM (2008) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Podcast notes

Twitter: Nothando Migogo.

Linkedin: Nothando Migogo.

Company: Sosela Legal and Advisory.

Article: Nothando Migogo: Why I'm leaving SAMRO by Music in Africa.

Article: What is hadshaking by webopedia.

Academic Paper: Analysis of Colonialism and Its Impact in Africa by Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture.

Article: What is a sangoma? by Africa Umoja.

Organization: Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO).

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