Nandos is hosting its annual Music Exchange for the fourth year running, maintaining its continual support and commitment to emerging talent across arts and culture.

2018 marks Australia’s second year participating in the workshop, and this year’s program is extending to incorporate Australian-based workshops open to a wider group of young musicians.

The workshops were held in Melbourne and Sydney and included industry coaching around management, promotion and branding, panels of renowned local experts and artists, as well as small group music mentoring from successful Australian artists such as Andy Bull, British India, Ecca Vandal, Alice Ivy and and Pez.

From these workshops, seven handpicked Australian up-and-coming-talents are headed to London to participate in the Music Exchange. They are Erika Fedele, Jack Wieseler, Paul Dyason, Tamara Gavran, Nyasha Dzingai,  Frances Castley and Hubert Hakizimana. Tkay Maidza, a red hot emerging Australian rapper who was lined up as of yesterday to perform at Triple J’s One Night Stand festival alongside Vance Joy, will be setting off with the group of young talents to London on the 4th of July.

With Tkay as their mentor, the students will get the opportunity to take the next step in their careers. The program aims to connect young up-and-coming musicians from South Africa, Canada, the UK and Australia, bringing them together for a 4-day workshop where young artists will get to meet and engage with celebrated artists and industry panellists, past artists involved in the program include the likes of Stormzy and Dope Saint Jude. They will also spend two days creating a unique track combining the sounds and styles of South Africa, Canada, the UK and Australia.

The songs which come out as a product of these exchanges are teeming with soul and culture, you can listen to their 2017 exchange products here:

The event will once again be held at the iconic London establishment, The Roundhouse, whose halls have seen the likes of artists from Amy Winehouse to The Rolling Stones. A fitting venue to host these young artists who, with the support of the Music Exchange program, we can expect to become the faces of the new music industry.