Songwriters whose country of origin is one of the following are eligible for this edition of
The Cookout Africa 2021: South Sudan, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar,
Mauritius, Mayotte, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.
It’s time to announce the launch of the Cookout Africa 2021 following the success of the Cookout
Africa Masterclass series launched in 2020 that saw Grammy Award winner Vincent Berry II, in
partnership with The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), engage with over one hundred
emerging songwriters from across Africa.
Throughout 2020 five songs were created through this collaborative process that included over 50
legally recognized African songwriting contributors. With international interest in the songs heating
up, all official collaborators stand to be part of African music history.
The Cookout Africa is part of the build-up to the Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) at The Intra-African
Trade Fair 2021 (IATF2021). This dynamic programme for Africa’s creatives will take place in Kigali,
Rwanda from 6-12 September 2021 where Africa’s creative industries will gather in the most
important and memorable creative gathering of the year.
The Cookout Africa series with official IATF Goodwill Ambassador Vincent Berry II, is just one part of
an on-going virtual programme that aims to build a transformative way to engage, educate and
encourage creatives globally to collaborate. The Cookout Africa 2021 will reach out virtually across
Africa, commencing with the first session in 2021 focusing on Eastern African songwriters on
Wednesday 31 March at 18:00 CAT. Once again, songwriters will have the opportunity to create a
song in real time, contributing lyrics to locally created beats through a truly collaborative process
(creatively & legally). This collaboration with IATF2021 will enable the creative industry of the future
to continue to produce fresh, conscious and emotionally available content in a sustainable and
To take part in this free song-writing Masterclass, register here: https://bit.ly/3tfUM54
and fill out the application in order to reserve your spot.
Space is limited, so sign-up now!