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International Podcast Day: Join Us!
We will celebrate International Podcast Day on 25th, 29th and 30th September 2022
A very happy International Podcast Day to all of you. We at Africa Podfest are delighted to celebrate this occasion with podcasters everywhere, thanks to the super team at International Podcast Day.
We begin with a special release. Recently, Melissa Mbugua delivered a powerful keynote about how women are building the future of podcasting in Africa for the 2022 International Women’s Podcast Festival. Africa Podfest shares this keynote below in celebration of #InternationalPodcastDay and the amazing growth of women's participation in the global podcasting arena.
The celebrations continue!
Join us on one, two or all three of the following events:
29th September: KaBrazen Children’s Podcasting Forum by multilingual children’s podcast KaBrazen from 3:30pm - 5:30pm EAT - Sign Up Here (https://www.kabrazen.com/theforum)
30th September: Africa Podfest’s Josephine Karianjahi will be speaking at Podcastfestival Amsterdam. If you are planning to attend, come and say hello!
30th September: Afripods Instagram Live on the ”Growth of Podcasting in Africa: Data Perspective'' Instagram Live feat. Melissa Mbugua, Africa Podfest
In this Newsy Newsletter:
Podcaster Opinion: 🇿🇦Tshepo Moatshe and 🇬🇭David Ewusi-Mensah
Sema Nasi Episode 9 Guest : 🇰🇪SemaBOX Africa’s Dan Aceda live from Podcast Movement 2022
KaBrazen Children’s Podcasting Forum : Kiswahili Episodes Launch and Virtual Forum on September 29th
On this month’s feature we get slices of wisdom from David Ewusi Mensah of the podcast, Green Living Chats and Tshepo Moatshe aka PacMan of the podcast, The People’s Journal Podcast.
Podcaster Opinion: 🇬🇭David Ewusi-Mensah
Offer Five (5) podcasting tips that new and upcoming podcasters can benefit from.
David Ewusi-Mensah: Dear podcaster, First, let me summarize everything I am going to say: “Your voice is the solution”.
Some jobs pay well but are tiring and draining; others don’t pay well but bring you joy. Well, podcasting could be either or both for you. The key is to identify your niche if you hear the “call”, be yourself and own your “microphone” (your opinion). These are important because all the numerous tutorials, technicalities, crash courses, models and business ideas will pass, but your greatest joy will be feedback from your listening community.
It can be overwhelming at the beginning because there are thousands of podcasts out there. But fortunately, there is no one like you, buddy! The numbers matter but respect and appreciate the progress because it takes time. Aim at quality in content, visuals, marketing and audio – that’s what I call progress.
A good friend once said, “people are your assets”, so if you happen to get a guest interested in your show, treat them like royals – they are tomorrow’s link to your milestones.
Hang behind that microphone and let your voice be “that” solution.
Podcaster Opinion: 🇿🇦Tshepo Moatshe
Africa's podcasting environment is growing and new podcasts are produced almost everyday. Is podcasting an art that needs to be learnt? Or is it something that anyone can produce?
Tshepo Moatshe: I honestly think that everything that is under the sun is learned.Think about when you were a kid, you had to learn how to crawl, walk, run and even articulate some new words. Hence the concept of schools and all the other institutions that exist.
Yes one might be born gifted but in order to advance that gift, there are certain things that one must learn in order for that gift to be advanced. I strongly believe that this applies to podcasting as well. Now when it comes to learning there's obviously formal learning and informal learning. As we might know our community and the world encourages the idea of formal learning but no one really talks about the importance of informal learning.
I believe that podcasting is an art that needs to be learnt. I remember when I first heard about Podcasting on YouTube, I had to learn how to start, what kind of equipment I needed to consume, software to download, etc... Learning is part of growth. If we don't learn we never grow and we die. Hence why I strongly advocate for this art to be learned formally and informally. One of the people I look up to once said in an interview, “Study everything that you love or are interested in," meaning if you love sex, study it. If you love food, study food. If you love music or sleep, study them too and if you love podcasting, it's only fair that you study it too.
In Africa podcasting is still new therefore, we need to learn this art in order to be able to compete with the global podcastors. We need to learn it in order to build careers out of it or in order to make this a sustainable industry. If we don't learn it, it will just be a hobby but if we want to go far with it. I strongly advise that we learn this tool so that we can be able to use it effectively in telling our authentic stories to the globe.
Sema Nasi Podcast
Sema Nasi is a podcast from Africa Podfest that informs, connects, and helps you take action in joining the Africa podcast movement. In it, hosts Melissa Mbugua and Josephine Karianjahi will be sharing perspectives from pioneers in African podcasting about where the young industry is at now and where it is headed. Sema Nasi is brought to you by Afripods and produced by Podcast Laundry
Episode 8 Highlights
Sema Nasi podcast episode 8 Nurturing Africa’s Podcast Professionals highlights the exciting journey of an audio professor, Kim Fox who explored the audio industry and pioneered and built something extraordinary from it. Why did she come to Africa and why is she so passionate about audio? Join Melissa Mbugua and Kim Fox and learn how Podfest Cairo came about. Listen to the full audio here: https://www.podcasting.africa/sema-nasi-podcast
Episode 9 Sneak Peek Guest Intro: Episode recorded live at Podcast Movement 2022
Sema Nasi podcast episode 9 features Dan Aceda. He is an award-winning Kenyan musician, actor, architect and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SemaBOX, a fast-growing audio production and podcast incubation studio and also the founder and CEO of StudioTisa, an online music platform, both which reflect his passion for audio.
His other interests include film, data collection and analysis and design. Speaking about his work for SemaBOX Africa, he has previously said: “When you want to be a podcaster or vlogger, there’s a requirement for you to now become a sound engineer or cinematographer,” Aceda said. “You have to learn all these things [if you’re on your own] and that’s what we are taking out.” Learn more about Dan Aceda in this upcoming episode.
The KaBrazen Children’s Podcasting Forum
Welcome and Karibu to KaBrazen
The KaBrazen Podcast brings stories of brazen African women for our little ones. Come join us and explore the KaBrazen universe, where children from around the world journey through the stories of these important African women.
This invitation celebrates a bold, new partnership.
The KaBrazen Consortium comprises Za Kikwetu ProductionsLimited, an audio-visual production house in Nairobi, The LAM Sisterhood, which originated and developed the KaBrazen podcast, and Africa Podfest, a leading podcasting company focused on marketing and distribution of African podcasts.
This is our first collaboration exploring a multilingual African children's podcast in English and Kiswahili. It is supported by the Ignite Culture grant of the ACP-EU administered by HEVA Fund.
Early praise for the KaBrazen podcast via Podcast Sessions, Africa’s leading podcast magazine:
THE KABRAZEN CHILDREN’S PODCASTING FORUM
Attend this unique event to listen to these stories and feel the excitement in the voices of their storytellers. Come meet and mingle with the creators of the most exciting children’s podcast from Africa, the LAM Sisterhood, and their partners Za Kikwetu Productions and Africa Podfest.
The event will be a virtual forum hosted on the Zoom webinar platform on Thursday 29th September from 3:30pm - 5:30pm East Africa Time. The presentation will be in English and Kiswahili. Registration is free of charge.
To sign up, click on the REGISTER button below the poster:
The KaBrazen Consortium was selected as part of Cohort 1 of the Ignite Culture grant for African creative businesses. Our work on this project expands the reach and impact of the KaBrazen Podcast as an important keeper of African women’s stories.
This unique partnership will expand the English podcast into Kiswahili and expand cultural heritage through podcasting.
Discover the KaBrazen Podcast.
Watch the trailer below
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