MusicEx in Johannesburg: Workshops, Demos, and the Biggest Names in South African Music


MusicEx is a festival, exhibition, and expo that offers Joburgers the chance to explore everything about South African music and music lifestyle. There are ample opportunities to network and learn from the experts, making this event a must-attend for all music enthusiasts.

MusicEx runs at Gallagher Convention Centre from 26 to 28 July and includes performances by top South African acts, an exhibition space showcasing the best music-lifestyle suppliers, and a range of informative edutainment workshops.

Some of the biggest artists and institutions are involved in MusicEx, such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, YFM, SAMPRA, David Gresham Records, and other industry leaders. Famous South African makeup brand owner Willem Botha provides a stage makeup masterclass, too. Here’s what you can look forward to.


Interesting workshops and talks to diarise

A range of informative and highly engaging workshops form part of the programme. These sessions provide artists with insights and information on how to get a start in the South African music industry.

Featuring workshops, panel discussions and more, MusicEx is a fun and interactive way for young people to learn about the various professions within the music industry and meet one-on-one with established artists and industry leaders to receive invaluable advice.

If you have a passion for South African music and are keen to pursue a career in the industry, this is for you.

    • The Copyright Amendment Bill in South Africa: Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Nick Matzukis, and Chola Makgamthe
    • The Role of a Music Director & the use of social media for musicians: Revaughn Sackanary, Music Director at The School of Rock
    • The Influence of Social Media on Music Marketing: Enrique The Social Media Co
    • Maximising your income from music: Strategies Beyond Streaming: Nick Matzukis
    • What’s the difference between a manager and an agent? Do you need them? Martin Myers, Shingai Darangwa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Keaton Anthony (aka Grimehouse & New Hero)
    • Building Strong Partnerships: Andrew Mitchley
    • An Intimate DJ Workshop: DJ Zan D and Just MO
    • Artist Empowerment & Promotion of SA Music Locally and Abroad: Pfanani Lishivha, SAMPRA
    • How to set up a project recording studio that delivers professional results: Peter Tuerk and Dobie
    • The pros and cons of AI in music: Ayanda Ngcobo, Andy Innes, Keaton Anthony AKA Keaton Anthony (aka Grimehouse & New Hero)
    • Make-up masterclass: Willem Botha Beauty presents a masterclass in makeup specifically for the stage. This famous, proudly South African beauty company is led by Willem Botha, a photographer and makeup artist with over a decade of experience. In the joint pursuit of introducing quality makeup products without sacrificing ethical beliefs, all products are vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free
    • Copyright and how to protect your work: SAMRO

See the full workshop lineup and times here.

Samting Soweto and Jesse Clegg

Intimate music experiences in the lounge area

The Music Lounge is an immersive music experience in an intimate and beautiful space. Get up close and personal with popular artists and enjoy food and drink from the lounge bar. Access to the Music Lounge is included in the MusicEx general ticket price.

Below are some of the performances planned.

Friday, 26 July at The Music Lounge

  • Arno Carstens
  • The Soil
  • Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
  • Samthing Soweto
  • Kings of the Weekend

Saturday, 27 July at The Music Lounge

  • Jesse Clegg
  • The Muses
  • Zinah
  • New Hero
  • Zolani & Feminine Force
  • Louise Carver
  • Tamara Dey & Jazz Band

Sunday, 28 July at The Music Lounge

  • Sydney Ace Mnisi
  • Elandre
  • Refentse
  • Bunny Majaja
  • Nadine
Karen Zoid and Cassper Nyovest

Massive festival feels on the Main Stage

MusicEx will feature an indoor live music experience that will excite music lovers across different genres. You can look forward to a show list of homegrown South African talent covering a range of music genres.

Keep an eye out for buskers in Festival Lane, an intimate “unplugged” experience in the music lounge, big names on the main stage and the added excitement of local talent battling it out for big cash prizes. Enjoy drinks and delicious food while taking in all the entertainment.

Access to the Main Stage is included in the MusicEx general ticket price.

Main stage gig lineup on Friday, 26 July

  • Spoegwolf
  • Pabi Cooper
  • Mafikizolo
  • Karen Zoid
  • Kamo Mphela
  • Francois van Coke
  • Prime Circle
  • Young Stunna

Main stage gig lineup on Saturday, 27 July

  • Kwesta
  • Jesse Clegg
  • Shekhinah
  • Mi Casa
  • Zakes Bantwini
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • DBN Gogo
  • New Hero
  • Grimehouse
  • Zinah
  • Thakzin

Main stage gig lineup on Sunday, 28 July

  • Lady Zamar
  • Majozi
  • Matthew Mole
  • Jeremy Loops
  • Mango Groove
  • Dodo Nyoka
  • Mashudu
  • DJ Zinhle
DJ Zinhle

How to book tickets

Cost: R500pp to R1440pp. Book via Webtickets

When: Running from 26 to 28 July. Various times
Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Dr, Halfway House, Midrand

Tel: 084 759 2024
Instagram: @Musicexsa
Facebook: @Musicexsa

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Discussion1 Comment

  1. I would love to attend every artist in the list they have nourished and sweetened someone’s life including mine,music has power to heal us and to empower and encourage us to live with love and a purpose and to remember who we are .

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