Who We Are

The Music Imbizo is a fast growing international music business conference and exhibition that is hosted annually in Durban, South Africa.

2018 will be the tenth edition of The Music Imbizo hosted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The conference was founded by Siphephelo Mbhele and Sibusiso Tsewu in 2009 and has grown to be a very important platform for the music industry in the continent.

Over the years, it has hosted legendary figures like Prof. Joseph Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa),Monte Malone (SNR Vice President – MUSEXPO, USA), Jess White (Azgo Festival – Mozambique), Nothando Migogo (CEO – CAPASSO), Karabo Motijoane (General Manager – Sheer Publishing) , Sibongile Khumalo (Musician – South Africa) to Seymour Stein (Vice President: Warner Bros, USA) and many others.

Brands, organisations and corporates include SAMRO (South Africa), NASCAM (Namibia), Botswana International Music Conference (Botswana), Phonofile (Norway), Music Ally (UK), Music Indaba (USA) and many others.

Objectives of The Music Imbizo

  • Platform for cultural and business exchange in the continent.
  • Network the music industry on business matters and guide new entrepreneurs into the music industry.
  • Showcase the high quality of skills and services on offer within the continent, from music production to event planning.
  • Develop and export talent from the continent.
  • Encourage inter continental travel and collaborations.
  • Build a common understanding on issues that affect the music industry in the continent.
  • Establish a platform for the industry to interact with government, corporates and the media.
  • Establish a platform for big corporates to do business with the music industry.
  • Expose the government stakeholders to national and international opportunities.
  • To provide business-to-business networking and mentorship.
  • To provide music industry wide music business research.
  • Assist in creating a sustaining music industry in the continent, that is run by knowledgeable entrepreneurs.
KZN Music Imbizo About Us

When and where is The Music Imbizo 2018?

The Music Imbizo 2018 will be hosted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa. The conference and exhibition dates are Thursday 23 August to Saturday 25 August 2018.

How do I register as a DELEGATE or VISITOR at The Music Imbizo 2018?

The Music Imbizo DELEGATE pass or ticket can be bought online from or at a Pick n Pay store. The VISITOR ticket is available for free at the venue during The Music Imbizo 2018.

Are there any showcases or side events during The Music Imbizo 2018?

Yes, there will be a number of showcase events as part of The Music Imbizo 2018. Keep visiting our website and register for our newsletter to stay in touch with the details of the showcases and side events. The price will range from R100 – R250.00 if you do not have a delegate pass.

What is the entrance fee to The Music Imbizo 2018?

The Music Imbizo Delegate Pass is R350.00 and there is a FREE Visitor Pass limited to the exhibition space plus the equipment demo sessions. The free visitor pass, you will register at the venue. Lookout for discounted prices leading to The Music Imbizo 2018.

Who are the previous participants at The Music Imbizo?

The Music Imbizo has hosted a number of local and international speakers and organisations; covering Africa, USA and Europe. These include Prof. Joseph Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South Africa),  Seymour Stein (Warner Bros, USA), Monte Malone (MUSEXPO, USA), Steve Mayall (Music Ally, UK), Sibongile Khumalo (Musician, South Africa), Jess White (Azgo Festival, Mozambique) plus organisations like Music Indaba (New York, USA), VIP Booking (Denmark), South African Music Rights Organisations (SAMRO) and many more.

What does KZN stand for and where about is Durban in South Africa?

KZN stands for KwaZulu-Natal, which is a combination of two names – KwaZulu meaning “Of The Zulu” and Natal. Durban is a coastal city of South Africa, known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. The birth place of the electronic dance music called Gqomu. The birth place to some of South Africa’s most talented musicians.

The Imbizo Elements


The Fast Growing International Music Business Gathering.

exhibitions. panel discussions. speed meetings. music producer forum. film screenings. showcases. performances.

I had a great time, the conference covered some valuable topics, the showcases were good and your staff great!
- Jess White (Azgo Festival, Mozambique)
I personally liked the simplicity, yet very rich and well thought through program and content.”
- Keitseng Nkah Monyatsi (CIPA, Botswana)
Thank you so much for giving Sheer Publishing (Pty) Ltd the limelight, It’s always a pleasure to be part of KZN Music Imbizo.
- Karabo Motjoane (Sheer Publishing, South Africa)