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September 2012



Reggae superstar Shaggy honorary guest at Buma Rotterdam Beats

Shaggy, known around the world for hits like ‘Boombastic’ and ‘It Wasn’t Me’, is one of the most successful artists in the modern Jamaican music scene. Apart from his success as an artist, he has been active behind the scenes as well. This summer Shaggy launched his own record label Ranch Entertainment with offices in New York and Jamaica. At Buma Rotterdam Beats, Shaggy will take us through his musical career step by step. He will discuss some of his key hits and in a Q&A with CEO of Solid Agency, Sharon Burke, and agent Paul Lee of Valley Touring and Ranch Entertainment, he will zoom in on the business aspect of his global success.

With Shaggy and his business partners confirmed, Buma Rotterdam Beats puts an exclamation mark behind one of this year’s central themes: the strong and worldwide influence of Jamaican music. Over the last fifty years, Jamaica’s music culture has proven to be the primal source of many interesting developments in music. An important pioneer within this history is Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne, known for the duo Steely & Clevie, who worked with greats such as Bob Marley, Sean Paul and Shabba Ranks. Cleveland Brown is going to give both a keynote speech and a production master class. Professor Mykaell Riley from the university of Westminster and founder of the Reggae act Steel Pulse will talk about his research on the impact of Caribbean music on the British music scene over the last fifty years. Together with BBC 1Xtra‘s Robbo Ranx, Mykaell Riley will also touch on the rise of Bass culture in general.

The Buma Rotterdam Beats industry conference offers visitors the opportunity to do business with key players quickly and efficiently. A great number of international managers, bookers, agents, artists, festival organizers, record labels, DJ’s, bloggers and press will be present on site looking for new deals, trends, contacts and acts. An important speaker at the conference is Riggs Morales, vice president A&R of Eminem‘s Shady Records, the label 50 Cent is signed to. In an exclusive Q&A, he is going to give insight into his work and he will play a central role in the Shady Records Beats Pitch, an important chance for established and starting producers to pitch their work and receive professional advice on how to build their career.

The fertile British music scene is the subject of a panel discussion between all the movers and shakers from the United Kingdom. Also, the London-based DJ, writer and record boss Elijah (Butterz label) will do a presentation on the rise of the ‘open source’ labels in London. Jon Cohen, one of the founders of The Fader and a partner with the New York agency Cornerstone, will be talking about the successful crossover-marketing campaigns he created with people like Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes) for brands like Converse. Influentials behind SoundCloud, 22tracks, XXL, Okayplayer, Boiler Room and SBTV are going to discuss all the latest developments within the industry. Furthermore, representatives from all the major European festivals, clubs, labels, media and management offices are going to give out tips on how to develop an act within Europe.

An important part of the Buma Rotterdam Beats day schedule is the Next Beats talent program on Saturday the 17th of November. Next to Shaggy and his team, Riggs Morales, Cleveland Browne and Mykaell Riley, the designer of the first generation of drum computers using digital samples, the one and only Roger Linn, will be an honorary guest as well. The ‘father’ of the MPC is going to give a keynote speech and a special production masterclass. Producer Om’Mas Keith, who worked closely together with Frank Ocean on recording the vocals for his debut channel ORANGE and on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne, returns to Rotterdam for a unique session geared towards producers and vocalists. During this session, he will put the focus on the techniques of vocal recording.

Buma Rotterdam Beats is also home to the Dutch scene that uses this platform to showcase its many talents and rappers like Fresku, Kraantje Pappie and Mr Polska will elaborate on their success of the year gone past. Apart from promising to deliver an exciting show, the rap group from Groningen, Dope D.O.D. are going to share all the ins and outs of their recently signed deals in countries like the US. Buma Rotterdam Beats will prove to be the perfect place to get under one roof with players from Topbillin’, Appelsap, Mojo, Greenhouse, Friendly Fire, Top Notch, Noah’s Ark, Grey Men, Gaetan Consultancy, State Magazine, Puna and all the major Dutch venues. During this edition of Buma Rotterdam Beats, the launch of a variety of national products will also take place so stay tuned for more details.

Alongside the day program, Buma Rotterdam Beats also consists of the renowned State Awards gala and an action-packed showcase festival. Hudson Mohawke (UK, live), Lunice (Canada, live), Pac Div (US), SKIP&DIE (Netherlands), Nick Waterhouse (US), Hopsin (US) and DJ A-Trak (US) have all been confirmed for this year’s line-up. Medium-tickets for the industry conference with full access to the festival program are available for 90.00EUR till the 15th of September after which prices will slowly increase. The Next Beats talent program can be attended separately for only 15.00EUR.

Buma Rotterdam Beats is set to take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of November and is organized by the Rotterdam Beats foundation, a Buma initiative. For more information on the festival and conference, please visit:

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Buma Rotterdam Beats takes place on 15, 16 & 17 November and is organized by the Buma Rotterdam Beats Foundation, an initiative of Buma and supported by Sena.

This event is part of the yearly agenda of Rotterdam Festivals. For a complete overview visit