The Cookout Africa 2021 edition continues to roll out – virtually – across the continent. Following the recent Eastern Africa edition, it’s now time for Southern African singer-songwriters to collaborate with Grammy Award winner Vincent Berry II and add another potential hit to the growing library that includes five songs with over 50 legally recognized African songwriters. With international interest in the songs heating up, all official collaborators stand to be part of African music history.

The Cookout Africa is part of the build-up to the Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) at The Intra-African Trade Fair 2021 (IATF2021) which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 8-14 December 2021. This dynamic programme will bring together Africa’s creatives industries in the most important and memorable creative gathering of the year.

The Cookout Africa series with official IATF Goodwill Ambassador Vincent Berry II, is just one part of an on-going virtual programme that aims to build a transformative way to engage, educate and encourage creatives globally to collaborate. The Cookout Africa 2021 Southern Africa invites all emerging and professional songwriters to register to be part of this interactive masterclass on Tuesday 20 April at 18:00 CAT. Participating songwriters will have the opportunity to create a song in real time, contributing lyrics to locally created beats through a truly collaborative process (creatively & legally). This collaboration with IATF2021 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.

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 had the distinct honour of being part of this 59th Annual Grammy Award-winning Project! Continuing the path of success, Berry has participated in six Grammy-Nominated projects 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.

To take part in this free song writing masterclass, kindly register here: to reserve your spot and. Space is limited, so sign-up now!

Please note: Songwriters from any of the following countries are eligible for this edition of The Cookout Africa 2021: Angola, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia,

Follow-up editions of The Cookout Africa 2021 will roll out for the other regions of Africa: May-Anglophone Western Africa, June- Francophone Eastern, Central & Western Africa, and July – Northern Africa.

All participants will receive an official certificate of participation.