For the Culture
Press Release:Khura Kasts Arts Masterclass Podcast
The Khura Kasts Masterclasses are a virtual mentorship for upcoming artists.
Khura Agency has launched the Khura Kasts Arts Masterclass podcast under the Scripts and Bars project. The podcast is set to become a resource for artists and creatives to get expert advice on the business of the arts from renowned Zimbabwean experts in their respective fields.
“We wanted artists to have access to experts like never before. Podcasting is gaining momentum in the country and we thought this would be the best way to package this resource,” said Simukai Whande of Khura Agency.
Khura Agency believes in the ubiquitous power of the internet to create evergreen, eternal resources that anyone across the globe can have access to. Khura Kasts podcast ensures that an artist can listen to an episode and learn valuable insights about the arts industry from the veterans and active players.
The first season of Khura Kasts intends to tackle the common issues that the current generation of Zimbabwean artists are experiencing. From monetising, collaborating, publishing, royalties, taking their art across borders and navigating the internet as influencers. The future of the podcast will see it evolve into including regional guests and Khura Kasts evolving into a platform that will create new audio content that challenges the creativity of local artists.
Mentorship is required for the grooming and growth of the next generation of artists in Zimbabwe. The Khura Kasts Masterclasses are a virtual mentorship for upcoming artists. Artists can take this knowledge and add on their own expertise and new technologies and improve upon what is already existing.
The first season of the podcast includes the following episodes;
#KhuraKasts S1:E1 The Pilot – What’s in store? (ft Thembi Terry)
#KhuraKasts S1:E2 Phil Chard – Collaboration, the Music Business and Pungwe Sessions
#KhuraKasts S1:E3 Raisedon Baya – Getting Booked for More Live Gigs
#KhuraKasts S1:E4 Plot Mhako – Media Relations and PR 101 (ft Thembi Terry)
#KhuraKasts S1:E5 Tswarelo Mothobe – Going Global an an Artist
#KhuraKasts S1:E6 Vusa Mkhaya – Music Distribution and Publishing
#KhuraKasts S1:E7 Larry Kwirirayi – How to Become a Booked Influencer
This program is supported by The British Council Cultural Economy Programme, which supports cultural Organisations, festivals, artists and creatives between the countries SSA* and the UK to create art, build networks, collaborate and develop markets and share artists’ work with audiences.
About Khura Agency
Khura Agency is an A2B AGENCY (artist to business agency) helping artists do business creatively and efficiently. Khura provides the final connection with their audience, the smarter approach in the creative hustle.
About Scripts and Bars
Kay Media Africa and UK-based Reprezent Radio (UK) are collaborating to deliver Scripts and Bars, a digital content creation project that brings together 100 creatives from Zimbabwe and UK to collaborate across the Music and Literature sectors. The project is supported by the British Council in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
This exciting new project seeks to enhance the digital content creation capacity and enterprise skills of creatives and arts organisations in Zimbabwe whilst strengthening their livelihoods, supporting job creation, and increasing their access to networks.
About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English
language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.
About Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The SDC is responsible for the overall coordination with other federal authorities of development and cooperation with Eastern Europe as well as for humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.