Sylvain Music Notes
Tuesday,  June 27,  2017                                                    For Immediate Release
South Africa's Apiwe Bubu-making waves in Los Angeles 
Apiwe Bubu
Apiwe Bubu: Producer/Songwriter, Engineer, DJ
Musician Spotlight: by Kaelin Bass, New Orleans Agenda, Dillard University Student Intern
NEW ORLEANS (Updated - June 27, 2017) - Apiwe Bubu, now a California resident in Los Angeles, is "pursuing a path of relentless and rigorous music making consisting of songwriting, music production, mixing and dj'ing." as he puts it in a recent interview.

Apiwe Bubu was born and raised in South Africa. In high school, he began classical piano training at St Barnabas College in Johannesburg. Apiwe Bubu went on to graduate (cum laude) from Berklee College of Music in Boston where he earned a dual major bachelor's degree in Contemporary Music Writing , Music Production and Engineering, with a minor in Writing Music for TV and New Media.

"Berklee College of Music has put him in a unique position with a command of professional and creative techniques key to the success of any business in the entertainment field", says noted Grammy Award winning record producer/engineer Tony Maserati (Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke)

Apiwe Bubu has worked in television media as a junior music composer and has written for music libraries such as the Urban Rhythm Factory(SA). His first original theme song was viewed on the popular TV show How To (Wenza Kanji) on SABC1 in 2004 his first TV theme song sync. In addition he has worked in radio sound design and production at Sonovision Studios as a sound engineer/designer focusing on the creation of radio jingles/adverts.

Apiwe Bubu also wrote and produced music for the SAMA (South African Music Award) 2011 winning (Best Adult Alternative African) album "Nomisupasta" by Nomsa Mazwai, and has traveled and performed with various theatrical and musical groups in countries such as Spain, Norway, the US, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

He's also recently worked as music producer and audio engineer under the renowned mix engineer/producer Tony Maserati under his umbrella production company Mirrorball Entertainment in which he was a critical component of Maserati's's mixing work on Grammy winning/nominated albums such as Beyonce's Lemonade, Keith Urban's Ripcord and Gallant's Ology.

One thing that makes Apiwe Bubu's skills,style and taste unique also is the jazz piano tutelage he received for four years whilst in South Africa from the respected and award winning South African jazz pianist Andile Yenana who has made an indelible mark on many South African and international artists, including hip hop star Joey Badass who has sampled his work.

Apiwe Bubu is currently working on a few projects, mixing and/or producing music for Bridgit Mendler, Adam Friedman, Kate Fay, and Taz Zavala. Of these he says "working on these projects is exciting as some are nearing completion for release or released already, seeing and being a part of their development is great."

"I am also constantly DJ'ing in and around LA at private events/parties, such as Snoop Dogg's thanksgiving celebration in his home, to venues in Hollywood like St Felix, Mama Shelter, and Silverlake's Tenants of the Trees." said Apiwe Bubu.

Apiwe Bubu performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival headlined by Stevie Wonder, this past April 28, on keyboard with the musically renowned Batiste Fathers and Sons on the Acura Main Stage. That show was followed by a featured performance on the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler in along with his sisters, international folk soul and jazz singers Pilani Bubu and Ezile Bubu under the theme 'South Africa Meets New Orleans on the Mississippi'.

When Apiwe Bubu isn't booked for a dj gig, he's in his music studio songwriting, recording, producing and/or mixing. Sounds like he has a lot on his plate and a lot to offer.

Editor's Note:  Learn more about Apiwe Bubu @  He may also be reached at 347-216-3914 or via email at

Kaelin Bass
Kaelin Bass
Kaelin Bass is a Mass Communication student at Dillard University in New Orleans studying in the area of Multi Media Journalist.  Bass is also a news reporter for  Dillard's schools' newspaper; The Courtbouillon.  Learn more about Dillard University by visiting


25th Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events
Entertainment Law Seminar Updates, NOLA Downtown Artists Events, Who's Speaking?
UPDATE: Approved for 17.5 hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits, including 1 hr of Ethics, 1 hr of Professionalism and 1 hr of Legal Practice by the Louisiana Supreme Court MCLE Committee.

Cutting Edge 2017 CLE II

Sponsored CLE Events:
Washington Report: Inside the Beltway Update - Sponsored by Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Tribute to Vernon P. Thomas, Esq. (1953 - 2016), Cutting Edge CE Co-Founder, CLE Coordinator - Sponsored by the Entertainment Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association

Coming Soon...
Business Sessions - Educators Forum - Film and Interactive (Music Innovation Hackathon) - Roots Music Gathering

2017 Showcase Artists Schedule

New Orleans: The 25th installment of the Cutting Edge CE Conference is getting "back to its roots." Cutting Edge will reaffirm its commitment to enhancing the careers of artist and entertainment professionals, emphasizing the importance of establishing the right team of lawyers, managers, talent developers, producers and PR specialists. Professionals who can help an artist navigate and negotiate the complicated tasks of signing contracts, developing an artist's performance and stage presence, working with producers and engineers, preparing and launching tours; and working with publicists and branding experts to present a saleable public image.

Cutting Edge is an intimate portrayal of the music and entertainment business, it tells a story of what you have to know and whom you should know. Both speakers and presenting artists portray important parts of music and entertainment world. Our goal is to achieve the right mixture of speakers with the expertise, professionalism and generosity to share their insights and perhaps finding business reasons to include an attendee in their business network. Cutting Edge provides attendees increase knowledge of the music and entertainment business and an opportunity expand their network of business contacts.

NOLA DOWNTOWN music and arts festival 2017

Cutting Edge's NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival will present important and emerging artists in various performing formats over four days in venues in and near New Orleans' Downtown. The NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival is a showcase performance opportunity event featuring artists selected because they personify what the music and entertainment industry values, stage presents, songwriting and musicianship. These artists are ready for new and renewed attention. In a city where music is a cultural asset, not an entertainment byline, we honor the past by presenting artists in an atmosphere where their artistry is more important than beer sales. 

2017 speakers (partial list see entire list HERE)

Thomas Barsoe
Keynote Speaker, Platinum selling, international recording artist, owner of OC Hit Factory, a Sony Music Group record company, specializing in production and artist management
Linda Septien
Talent developer of stars , Septien Entertainment Group (i.e., Selena Gomez, Demi Lavato, Jessica Simson, Kacey Musgraves)
Ralph Murphy
The man who literary wrote the book on songwriting (Murphy's Laws of Songwriting) former VP of Membership for ASCAP
Scott Billington
VP, A&R, Rounder Records, a producer with over 100 records to his credits, 28 of them nominated for a Grammy
Michael Dixon
Manager (Ron Sexsmith, Sacha Skarbek, James Blunt's producer)
John Tovar
Manager (Marilyn Manson, The Mavericks, Nuclear Valdez)
Jeri Goldstein
Author of the groundbreaking DIY book "How to be Your Own Booking Agent"
Marcia Groff
Entertainment Enterprises, a publicist with both film and music experience
Fiona Bloom
Branding expert, The Bloom Effect has produced over 1,000 shows, consulted on 200+ album projects and has been a part of over 300 artists careers.
Bonny Dolan
Managing Director/Executive Producer, Comma Music, the international, music production and licensing company, working with Apple, Nintendo, Nike, as well as artists Cyndi Lauper, Cheap Trick and Julian Lennon.
Joel C. High
Film industry music supervisor, producer, Creative Control Entertainment, has worked on over 100 films, such films as, "Saw," "Girl with a Pearl Earring," "Crash."
Entertainment Law Attorneys:

Kenneth J. Abdo, Esq.
Fox Rothschild LLP
Jeffery Brabec, Esq.
Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG chrysalis (representing the catalogues of OutKast, David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Sherl Crow to name a few).
Todd Brabec, Esq.
Seasoned entertainment law experts brothers, former Executive Vice President for ASCAP
Jeff Becker, Esq., Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Will discuss his work with Chance the Rapper
John F. Bradley, Esq.
Bradley Legal Group
David Bercuson, Esq.
Miami, FL
Brian Caplan, Esq.
Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY
Darryl Cohen, Esq.
Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen
Wallace Collins, Esq.
New York, NY
David Dalia, Esq.
New Orleans, LA
Judith DeFraites, Esq.
New Orleans, LA
Nicholas C. Ferrara, Esq.
Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC
David Fink, Esq.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Martin Fischman, Esq.,
NFLPA Contract Advisor, New Orleans
Allen E. Frederic, III, Esq.
Jones Walker, Partner film industry
Edgar "Dino" Gankendoff, Esq.
Provosty & Gankedorff LLC
Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Esq.
Co-Director, Tulane Center for IP, Media & Culture
Lesli D. Harris, Esq.,
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann
Scott Keniley, Esq.,
Keniley Kumar Law, work with the James Brown estate is ground breaking
Thomas R. Leavens, Esq.
Leavens, Strand, & Glover, LLC
Sabrina Ment, Esq.,
LaPolt Law, P.C.
Nadine Ramsey, Esq.,
New Orleans Councilmember, District C
Jay Rosenthal, Esq.,
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp Partner, former Senior VP and General Counsel at the National Music Publishers' Association
Rhodes Spedale, Esq.
New Orleans, LA
Suzette Toledano, Esq., (Becker),
Toledano Entertainment and Arts Law

Coming Soon...

Business Sessions - Educators Forum - Film and Interactive (Music Innovation Hackathon)

2017 Showcase Artists Schedule

Cutting Edge - 2017 Music Conference


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