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The many-hat-wearing Shiba Melissa Mazaza is a UK-born, Malawi-bred content producer, media strategist and curator based in Cape Town, South Africa. Spending ample time at various publications such as Afropunk,TrueAfrica and Okayafrica, as well as platforms such as Black Major Artist Management Agency, Design Indaba, Encounters Documentary Film Festival and The African Consciousness Institute, she enjoys punting inspiring images of Africa to the rest of the world with sounds and words.

skills

Journalist

education

 

  • Certificate - Business Acumen For Artists (University of Cape Town)

 

experience

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 

Managing media relations and PR for artists such as Beatenberg, DJ Lag, BCUC and Blinky Bill

  • Freelance Media/Communications Manager, Journalist/Content Producer - 2013 to present

Artists such as: Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Urban

Village, Bonj, Mashayabhuqe Kamamba, Motheo Moleko

Platforms such as: Weheartbeat, Okayafrica, It’s a House & Nomadiq Music

(Now Colorbox Studios), Between 10 & 5, Trueafrica, RedBull Music and

Afropunk

  • APM: Artistes Personal Management (Cape Town) / Owen S

Management (Johannesburg) - 2010 to present

  • Voice Over Artist - current clients include Woolworths, Amarula, Vital,

Johnson & Johnson (now Johnson’s), Levi’s, Sanlam, Active, The City of

Cape Town, Coca Cola Africa, LeadSA and Old Mutual.

● African Consciousness Institute - 2015 to present

Operations Management, Events Management, Media Management

● Cape Town Electronic Music Festival - 2018

Stage Manager

● Sound Africa - 2016 to 2018 Podcast Host

● The Eye Radio - 2016 to 2017 Cape Town Studio Producer, Editor and Podcast Host

Unknown Union - 2015 to 2017 Managing Editor, Events

● TrueAfrica - 2015 to 2017

Content Producer and Media Liaison for Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

● Encounters South African International Documentary Festival - 2016 Guest Liaison and Copywriter

● Littlegig - 2015

Lineup Curator (Music Only)

● Delazy Entertainment - 2014

Media Manager

● Design Indaba - 2013 to 2015

Content Producer - Design News, Buyer’s Guide and Designer Directory

Content Producer - Design Indaba Weekly Music & Sound Design

Articles/Interviews

Project Manager/Lineup Curator - Design Indaba Music Circuit

● one small seed magazine & TV - 2012 to 2013

Content Producer

 

 

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, PANELS, ACCOLADES, PRESS

  • Delegate at Indian Ocean Music Market 2019 (IOMMA)
  • Guest Speaker at DJ Lag’s ”Something For Clermont” Music Industry Workshop 2019
  • Guest Speaker at RedBull Social Club Cape Town (2018)

  • Shesaid.so Alternative Power 100 Music List (2018)
  • Guest Speaker at Encounters International Documentary & Podcasting Festival: The Future of Radio (2017)
  • Featured: Young South Africans Owning the Cultural Space (2017)
  • Guest at Bush Radio: Cape Town’s Content Producers Come Clean (2016)
  • Guest Speaker at Creative Nestlings: Black Women in Media & Writing Workshop (2015)

 

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