Mike Strano

Founder, ONGEA! Africa

My purpose is to Transform the Creative Industry of Africa, into one that is Professional, Transparent and Profitable for All. Since moving to Eastern Africa, from Australia, in 1998, my Phamily & I have Built one of best-known Entertainment Companies in Africa; which The Business Daily and KPMG listed at No.36 of the Top 100 Mid-Sized Businesses in Kenya, during 2016. One of our Businesses – PHAT! Intellectual Property, has represented SHEER Publishing of South Africa, in the Region, since 2012; with local Clients including: Cindy Sanyu, Eric Musyoka, Eric Wainaina, Fena, Gilad, Girum Mezmur, H_Art the Band, Jay A, Kawesa, Kidum, Lady JayDee, Maurice Kirya, Navio, Radio & Weasel, Sauti Sol, Suzanna Owiyo, Swahili Nation, Timwork, Tsedenia, Willy Paul, etc. We also own ONGEA! – The Eastern Africa Music Summit, which completed its 3rd Edition in February (15th-18th) 2018. ONGEA! was created after ten (10) successful Years of KENYA MUSIC WEEK, from 2004 to 2013; and has the same 3 Pillars of Trade, Learn & Showcase. ONGEA! Africa, the Social Enterprise of PHAT! Music & Entertainment, has also Partnered with DISCOP to run parallel Music in Advertising, Film, Television & Gaming programme, entitled: DISCORE, at each DISCOP in Abidjan (May 2018), Zanzibar (July 2018), Johannesburg (November 2018) and Lagos (March 2019). Our other Businesses include PHAT!buzz™ - a monthly Publication since 2000, supplying Content to Safaricom’s sms service of GETiT411, since 2002; and PHAT! Productions - a Founding Member of the Event Managers’ Association of Kenya (EMAK). I'm also a Founding Director of MyChoiceTV™ - a Kenyan of Video on Demand service that will Take the World’s Films to Africa and Africa’s Films to the World. And in 2017, I became a Founding Director of Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE), which is Approved by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) for the Collection and Distribution of Royalties, on behalf of Authors, Composers and Publishers.

Mike is speaking at

February 16, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm



This session (NOT A TYPICAL PANEL!), will focus on international collaboration of the music community, exemplified by the co-sponsors, speakers and Screen X Screen, who together work for all; across country and language differences, for creators, fans and committed music executives in all areas to facilitate international trade and development. It will offer introductions and connections for all participants in a fast paced, informative, networking bonanza. It's a result of 5 years of CAB and Mondo, all with LyricFind support, and 4 years of all of us, including many of the speakers, working closely with Indie Week and with CIMA and many others. In a tragic time for too many, we come together to celebrate the individuals and organizations, including all Indie Week delegates, who continue to network, learn, move forward, solve problems, work together, beyond any perceived differences, always for mutual benefit. It will be fun! Chats and direct messages will be flowing. Just afterwards, there will be a networking afterparty of breakout rooms, as I'm sure you've all experienced on Zoom over the past months.

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