Chaired by Marilena Umuhoza Delli (Italy), marilenadelli.com
with Ian Brennan (USA/Italy)
A lack of regional, class and linguistic diversity continues to plague popular culture internationally. Despite the internet creating the illusion of meritocracy and inclusiveness, over 75% of the commercial music distributed is controlled by just three major corporations. Over 100,000 albums are released annually in America, and more than 40,000 songs are uploaded to Spotify daily. Yet, the vast majority of the world misses hearing this music, as 90% of all streaming activity is being hoarded by the elite 1% superstar personalities. Nearly 80% of African nations have never had a single artist even nominated for a Grammy.
Delli and her partner, Grammy-winning music producer and author, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ustad Saami, Witch Camp [Ghana]) will share stories from their experience and Delli's films on field-recording from Rwanda, Comoros, Vietnam, Romania and other parts of the world.