Art Means Business

AFRICA BUSINESS RADIO  |  Podcast , ±1 hour episodes every 5 weeks  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
This show introduces the topic of ‘creative economy’ in Africa’s economic and development agenda. It explores the potential of the creative industry to provide new opportunities for developing countries, in particular African countries, to leapfrog into emerging high-growth areas of the world economy. The creative economy is a vital and growing engine of growth and employment in many countries of the world. According to UNESCO, the creative economy is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy - a highly transformative one in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings.
The creative economy spans a variety of sectors such as advertising,
broadcasting, architecture, arts, crafts, design, fashion, gastronomy, music, publishing, theatre and technology.

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Making Art Work in Cote d’Ivoire – A Conversation with Cultural Attache

Today Africa, we draw your attention to the beautiful country of Cote d’Ivoire and what is happening in that countries art scene.
But first a bit of context.
For those of you who don’t know - Cote d’Ivoire attained independence from the French on the 7th of August 1960. Her first president was Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who ruled the country until 1993. After Felix Houphouet-Boigny ended, Cote d’Ivoire has experienced a coup d’etat, in 1999, and two religious - grounded civil wars. The first two took place between 2002 and 2007 and the second during 2010 – 2011.
Cote d’Ivoire has an income per capita (US$1014.4). She has the largest economy on the West African Economic and Monetary Union constituting 40% of the monetary union’s total GDP. She is the largest exporter of cocoa beans averaging US$2, 53 billion in earnings per year. Cote d’Ivoire also has 100,000 rubber farmers who earned an average of US$105 million per year. The country’s economy is largely market-based and still relies heavily on agriculture, with smallholder cash crop production being dominant.
This dependence on agriculture has encouraged Cote d’Ivoire to look at diversifying the economy. One of the ways in which the country is doing this is by developing creative industries.
To help us unpack this topic I have in the studio Mr. Behila Angama, the Cultural Attache of the Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire in South Africa
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Getting Up Close and Personal with Izuu Muoneme

Today we get up close and personal with artist Izuu Muoneme – a native Anambra State in South East Nigeria.

Izuu or Izuchukwu Muoneme in full was born in 1985. And his passion for the arts started at an early age. He trained as a painter at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. But later went to explore other mediums. For example his use of paper and aluminum cans to explore various art forms in his collages, mosaics, and installation. In his works, he uses captivating vibrant colors and creative patterns as well as employing abstract forms in his creative expressions.

Cultural Bodies/Organizations in the Culture Economy: South African Case Study

Tony Kgoroge renowned actor and cultural activist was our guest on the show today. We explored the challenges that face Africa’s creatives – from their inability to protect their intellectual property to royalties, lack of education and training and many more. Speaking in his capacity as the Chairman of The Creative and Cultural Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA), he talked us through the importance of cultural bodies/ organizations and addressing these challenges and charting a way forward.
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Africa's Culture, Heritage and The Creative Economy 

Today’s conversation is about the relationship between Culture, Heritage, and the creative economy. We started our conversation today with a song by an Ethiopian all-girl band Yegna ft Aster Aweke. A song that talks about young women – courageous and finding themselves in the 21st Century … But rooted in their heritage and culture … Exemplified by featuring Aster Aweke … young Ethiopia meeting ‘old’ Ethiopia….
An apt opener to our conversation about culture, heritage, and the creative economy.
To help us discuss this subject today we have in our studio Tshepo Koka.
Tshepo Koka is an independent research professional – specifically focusing on culture and heritage. With a career spanning over 20 years in different sectors but culture and heritage has been central to his life. 

Tshepo or Star as he is affectionately known studied Economics in the United States and as a result found a calling in Econometrics. He began his career in banking and money trading internationally. At the dawn of democracy, he was thrust into the civil service as there was a need for black expertise in government at that. He then migrated to the academic world, primarily giving research support and guidance to young black people across multiple disciplines and institutions. His experience at all levels of corporate, civil service and academia sharpened his outlook on matters of policy formulation, socio-economic development heritage, and culture. 
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Africa's Creative Economy in Perspective

Today's show is about understanding what Creative Economy is and unpacking it. We'll also look at why Creative Economy is important by discussing its contribution to the economy and its cultural and social role. Alongside the discussion, we'll take a musical journey through the sounds of Bobby Mcferrin, Tania Maria, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Khandja Nin.

Art Means Business - Where To From Here?

Today’s show is about outlining phase 2 of the journey that is Art Means Business. We introduce co-host Sami Modiba and take this opportunity to explore some of his thoughts and what he brings to the conversation. We tackle issues such as defining what is blackness, Africaness and its importance in the conversation around Art and Business. We ask questions about who defines quality: Who defines sellability? Who defines the price? We reflect on exclusivity versus growing our African art consumer base. The interaction between our authenticity and the ingenuity of our art versus its sellability. Listen in and have a taste of the conversations that are too come.
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In Conversation With Daniel Mosako

We started the show with the sounds of Toto – Africa. One of my favourites and my guests favourite.
In the studio we have Daniel Mosaka; Not only have Daniel and I worked together in the Arts space – Daniel has an amazing CV, history in the African Arts scene. But what makes Daniel an exciting guest is that he has been in involved in all areas of the arts:
Daniel Rankadi Mosako is an art practitioner and UNISA PhD student candidate. He majored in Fine Arts, and has two Honours degrees in Information Science and in History of Art, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies. He was conferred two Masters Degrees in Fine Arts and in Museum and Heritage Studies. He is a refined art [curator, educator, critic, and researcher].
His art philosophy is about the intricate and striking patterns that are reflective of a double-edged sword of social cohesion benefits and challenges. His art elevates questions about subliminal exclusion and partial inclusion practices and patterns that often confront people living in cosmopolitan areas in South Africa. In his art he uses recognisable patterns as a metaphoric representation of empathetic expression for those whose human rights are transgressed.
His body of work is a reflection of years of study and observations made on perceptions and perspectives on social inclusions and exclusion, in which he depicts visual angles and explorations of interlocked motifs and patterns. In his words he states: “I exclude images of human figure in my works of art to make loud comments about the absence of what needs to be present, being cohesive social environments”.
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Understanding The Current State of Africa’s Creative Economy - Sami Modiba

In today’s Show we want to get a better understanding what is the state of the creative economy Africa. We look at what is working and what is not for us. As well as compare it to what is happening elsewhere in the world. And ask the question what do we need to do to make it better. The world’s creative
economy today makes up 3% of the world’s GDP. With all 11 cultural sectors combined generating US$2,250 billion in revenue.
These figures exceeds those of telecommunications services which comes in at $1,570 billion globally and even surpassed the GDP of India which is sitting at US$1,900 billion. The creative industries generated 29,5 million jobs which employ about 1% of the world’s active population. In fact, the creative industries employ more people thank the automotive industry in the United States, Europe and Japan combined.

Africa’s own stats combined with those of the middle east see the two ‘continents’ (so to speak) jointly generating US $58
billion +/- 3% of the global revenue and creating 2,4 million jobs, +/- 8% of the global creative industry job pool.

Africa’s share of the global creative economy stands at less

Sami Modiba is an attorney and conveyancer. He holds LLM in Human Rights & Constitutional Practice. He has worked in the development sector for ten years, mainly for the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), advocating for policy and legislative reform and/or development on governance, socio-economic rights, law, media, ICTs, economy, education, language rights, and HIV and AIDS. He is currently consulting in the area of transport planning and land use. His passion is art and wanted to study fine arts upon matriculating; but due to lack of appreciation of art’s contribution to the economy, cultural development and spiritual transcendence within African communities, he was not supported by his family to do so. He continues to express this love through his love for architecture, visual and performing arts.

The Africa's Creative Economy Defined

The show introduces to the Africa Business Radio platform the topic of the ‘creative economy’. In particular, its relevance to Africa’s economic and development agenda. The show explores the potential of the creative industry to provide new opportunities for developing countries, more importantly, the African continent.
Educational Outcomes:
• An understanding of the concept of the creative economy.
• Explore how art and business are connected
• Exploring the ‘state’ of the creative economy in Africa today.
Studio Guests: Professor Mandivamba Rukuni

On our show, today we want to talk more about the concept of the creative economy. The concept was 1st introduced by the UNCTAD in 2016. It is defined as the interface between creativity, culture, economics and technology – as expressed in the ability to create and circulate intellectual capital, has the potential to generate income, jobs and exports while at the same time promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development.
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