American artist J Metro will lead a workshop on intellectual property rights in Byo

The Chronicle

Mbulelo Mpofu, showbiz journalist

US artist Barraque Monfils-Evangelista is set to lead a workshop on intellectual property (IP) tomorrow at Nust American Space in Bulawayo.

This was announced by Acting Ambassador Thomas Hastings, Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy.

“In commemoration of World Intellectual Property Day, the Embassy will hold IP workshops in Harare and Bulawayo. We invited an American artist, Barraque Monfils-Evangelista, to share his own experience in protecting his intellectual property and lead workshops with local musicians,” said Ambassador Hastings.

J Metro who will give a parallel to intellectual property in his country’s creative space will be complemented by a representative from the Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (Zimura) and other companies involved in intellectual property in Zimbabwe.

The workshop is aimed at musicians and music managers, with the aim of raising awareness of intellectual property legislation and policy in Zimbabwe; as well as to promote the adoption by artists of online content distribution platforms as an alternative source of income and to create a platform for networking and collaboration among artists in Zimbabwe.

Artists chosen from the list of nominees for the Zimbabwe Music Awards 2021, alumni of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs and the Mandela Washington Fellowship as well as musicians who are not USG alumni will also participate in the workshop.

The event is part of the commemoration of World Intellectual Property Day and is organized by the Public Diplomacy Section of the United States Embassy.

To top off the day, J Metro is set to offer a free musical concert entitled “Soul Music with Barraque Monfils -Evangelista and Friends” at the National Art Gallery koBulawayo. He will be accompanied by local artists including Mawiza, Msiz’kay, Madlela Skhobokhobo, Lee Mchoney and Qeqeshiwe.

J Metro is a singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and poet based in Houston, Texas. He began his musical training at the age of five when he learned to play the trombone and participated in concerts and marching bands.

He joined several university and community choral ensembles which resulted in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition with Principal Instruments in Piano Performance and Vocal Performance. He graduated from Morehouse College and earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix under the former legal name “Jimmie L. Moore Jr.”

The “Midnight Dreams” singer has established a global presence and regularly tours the United States and has performed in Burkina Faso, France, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Switzerland, Germany and Hawaii. He headlined the Jazz A Ouaga music festival in Burkina Faso and was a guest speaker, panelist and performer at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland at the invitation from the American embassies and consulates of the two countries. – @eMKlass_49

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