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Sony Music Publishing To Launch Inaugural West Africa Songwriter Camp

Sony Music Publishing has announced the launch of its inaugural songwriting camp in West Africa, set to take place in Accra, Ghana from January 5-12, 2023. The SMP Ghana Camp reflects the company’s efforts to expand support and drive growth opportunities for creative communities across the African continent.

Spearheaded by Head of A&R, Africa Wale Davies, the week-long event will encompass a wide range of activities including sessions with top songwriters, artists, and producers; creative/A&R mixers; wellness activities; and community outreach workshops aimed at supporting the next generation of songwriters.

Wale Davies said, “It’s an honor to spearhead the inaugural Sony Music Publishing West Africa camp, as we work to foster creativity and community across the roster and invest in the next generation of African talent. As a Nigerian myself it has always been a goal of mine to build bridges between the continent and the rest of the globe, and I am grateful for this opportunity to cultivate the future of music with SMP.”

Sony Music Publishing Managing Director, Nigeria Godwin Tom said, “This camp is a part of Sony Music Publishing’s commitment to African songwriters and the continent. I am delighted to be a part of this important effort to build meaningful connections between African composers and artists to other Africans, as well as the international music market. I also look forward to working together with our head of A&R for the continent, Wale Davies, along with our South African office as we further expand these songwriter-focused initiatives around the world.”

The SMP Ghana Camp will coincide with Detty December, celebrated across Ghana and Nigeria with various concerts and festivities. The initiative will bring together a diverse community of songwriters from across SMPs global roster including Billboard charting and Golden Globe nominee Tems, Ladipoe, Lojay, Grammy-nominated producer Guiltybeatz, Ozedikus(producer of Rema’s ‘Dumebi’), AV,  Mercury nominated Berwyn, Moon Willis, Johnny Coffer, Rymez (Zimbabwean producer behind Stefflon Don ‘Hurtin Me’), and more.

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