American artist Barraque Monfils-Evangelista “J Metro” to host Intellectual Property Rights Workshop in Bulawayo
Correspondence- American artist Barraque Monfils-Evangelista is expected to facilitate an Intellectual Property Workshop at the NUST American Space, in Bulawayo today (May 19 2022). Barraque will give a parallel to IP within the creative space in his country; he will be complimented by a representative from Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (ZIMURA) and the Companies Intellectual Property of Zimbabwe.
The workshop is targeted at musicians and music managers, with an objective to raise awareness of intellectual property legislation and policy in Zimbabwe, to promote artists uptake of online content distribution platforms as an alternative revenue stream and to create a platform for networking and collaboration among artists in Zimbabwe.
Artists have been drawn from the nominees list of the 2021 Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA), alumni of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs and Mandela Washington Fellowship as well as musicians who are non –USG alumni.
The event which is being done as part of commemorating World Intellectual Property Day is being hosted by the Public Diplomacy Section of the US Embassy.
Barraque is also set to deliver a musical concert dubbed Soul Music with Barraque Monfils –Evangelista and Friends at the National Art Gallery Bulawayo. The free event is set to run from 5PM -7PM.
James Barraque Monfils-Evangelista “J Metro” is a singer, songwriter, composer, multi-Instrumentalist and poet based in Houston Texas. “J Metro” began his musical training at the age of 5 with individual piano and voice lessons. Group musicianship skills were also learned at a young age when in middle school he learned to play the trombone participating in concert and marching band as well as joined several academic and community choral ensembles culminating in the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition with primary instruments in Piano performance and Vocal Performance from Morehouse College and a Masters of Business Administration at University of Pheonix under former legal name “Jimmie L. Moore Jr.”
J Metro has established a global presence and audience touring consistently in the United States and having performed in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso, Paris France, Toronto Canada, Liyang China, Nanjing China, Geneva Switzerland, Berlin Germany and Honolulu Hawaii. J Metro toured West Africa as the headlining American artist in the Jazz à Ouaga Music Festival located in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso and was a guest speaker, panelist, and performer at the 2015 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva Switzerland at the invitation of the U.S Embassies and Consulates of both countries