Denga Tshisikule, popularly known as Renneth, is the founder and director of The Independent Music Exporters South Africa (IMEXSA), a South African based export organisation whose focus is to develop and increase the number of music exporters in South Africa by identifying trade opportunities globally and assisting African music companies and independent musicians to take advantage of those opportunities. She’s also the founder member of one of South Africa’s biggest talent search projects for export, The SA Indies Music Week which was in its 4th edition in 2017.
She started her music career in 1998 as an artist. She also got involved in development of young women in the music business while working together with a label called GTP-Productions. Her aspirations to grow her music globally saw her join forces with an organisation called Gauteng Growth Development Agency (GGDA). It was this partnership that led to her forming IMEXSA back in 2010, an organisation she has now been running for over eight years. Through IMEXSA and the SA Indies Music Week, she has helped over 100 African Unsigned and Independent Music Professionals present their talent and products at various conferences like Popkomm, Womex, Primavera Pro, Canada Music Week, Midem, CMJ, Africa Festival and South by South West.
In 2017 she was appointed by Midem, one of the world’s largest music trade shows held annually in France, as one of the members of its Artist Accelerator Committee. The programme is designed to support managers, agents, labels and publishers as they look to grow their artists’ profiles globally. The programme has been running for a few years and in 2015 included the well-known L.A Reid on its artistic selection committee.
Denga was born in Limpopo and grew up in a village called Ha-Rabali. Her life was not an easy life and to be were she is today is by God’s grace. Her story it’s an inspiration to any young women who is currently leaving in difficulties. Through her new TV show “Unmask With Denga” she will open all closed books and reveal the truth behind a strong successful women and men. The main aim of the show is to empower and create positive mindset of youth while building a network of great entrepreneurs. Being in this jungle of the music industry, Denga knows it all when it comes to being a women in a male dominated industry. A Mother, strong and invisible, fighter and unstoppable is how best the South African Indies Artists describes her.
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