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#TheCookoutAfrica 2021: Southern Africa Masterclass in Songwriting with Grammy Award-winning Composer Vincent Berry II

Vincent Berry II is most celebrated for being the Lead Writer of ‘Sandcastles’, on Beyonce’s highly acclaimed project “Lemonade”.

Following the recent Eastern Africa edition, The Cookout Africa 2021 Southern Africa is inviting all emerging and professional songwriters to register to be part of an interactive masterclass with Grammy award-winning composer and Intra-African Trade Fair Goodwill Ambassador, Vincent Berry II on Tuesday 20 April at 18:00 CAT.

Participating 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).

The Cookout Africa series is part of an ongoing virtual programme that aims to build a transformative way to engage, educate and encourage creatives globally to collaborate. It also builds up to the Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) at The Intra-African Trade Fair 2021 which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda in December this year under the theme “Building Bridges for a Successful AfCFTA”.

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 cutting-edge manner.

Songwriters from Angola, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia are eligible for the Southern Africa edition.

Vincent Berry II is most celebrated for being the Lead Writer of ‘Sandcastles’, on Beyonce’s highly acclaimed project “Lemonade”. Lemonade instantly became a pop culture phenomenon. The album and film provoked an intense worldwide discussion about race, feminism, social media, and the music industry. Berry had the distinct honour of being part of this 59th Annual Grammy Award-winning Project!

Continuing the path of success, Berry has participated in six Grammy-nominated projects in the past eight years, most recently participating with J. Cole & Dreamville on the “Revenge of the Dreamer III”, a 62nd Annual Grammy Award Nominee for the Best Rap Album of the Year. He has also written for Akon, Ari Lennox, Babyface, Brandy, Chris Brown, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Migos, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Ty Dolla Sign and Usher, to name a few.

To take part in this free songwriting masterclass which will come with an official certificate of participation, interested individuals are asked to register here.

ImChris Charamba

Head Storyteller/Critic at Large in Culture at Enthuse Afrika

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