Join #TheCookOut With Vincent Berry: Masterclass In Collaborative Song-Writing

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Multi-Grammy Award-nominated composer and producer Vincent Berry, invite East African songwriters to the first in a series of engaging songwriting masterclasses.

On Thursday 30 July 2020, at 19:00 EAT, the Intra African Trade Fair (IATF 2021) is excited to present 6-time Grammy-nominated composer Vincent Le Carl Berry II in a Songwriting Masterclass, specially designed for the music industry of Eastern Africa.

Promoted by Afreximbank, the Masterclass #TheCookout is a live collaborative songwriting experience, designed to engage participants and encourage creative writing, group function, reflection, peer learning, peer interaction, and practice.

Vincent Berry II is personally inviting upcoming & professional songwriters, from Eastern Africa to sign-up for this unique interactive and educational experience that will see a song written in real-time, through a truly collaborative process (creatively & legally), between East African based songwriters and himself.

Vincent Berry II is most celebrated for being the Lead Writer of ‘Sandcastles’, on Beyonce’s highly acclaimed project “Lemonade”.

“Lemonade” instantly became a pop culture phenomenon. The album and film provoked an intense worldwide discussion about race, feminism, social media, and the music industry. Berry has the distinct honour of being part of this 59th Annual Grammy Award-winning Project! Continuing the path of success, Berry has participated in six Nominations in the past eight years.

Most recently participating with J. Cole & Dreamville on the “Revenge of the Dreamer III”, a 62nd Annual Grammy Award Nominee for the Best Rap Album of the Year.

Berry has also written for Akon, Ari Lennox, Babyface, Brandy, Chris Brown, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Migos, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Ty Dolla Sign, and Usher, to name a few.

#TheCookout is a resource that empowers influencers and institutions to highlight their community’s creativity, as well as promoting team building and collaboration.

This collaboration with IATF 2021 will enable the creative industry of the future to continue to produce fresh, conscious, and emotionally available content in a sustainable and cutting-edge manner.

While the 2021 edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) may only be taking place next year, the dynamic programme for Africa’s creatives is ready to commence.

Africa’s creative industries will be a major focus at the event and #TheCookout, with the official IATF Goodwill Ambassador Vincent Berry II, is the start of a programme that aims to build a transformative way to engage, educate and encourage creatives globally to collaborate.

Follow up version of this Masterclass will be held for other regions of Africa, over the next 12 months as part of the on-going build up to IATF 2021.

To take part in this free song-writing Masterclass, you must register here:

and fill out the application in order to register and reserve your spot. Space is limited, so sign-up now!

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