QUICK HITS: Kobalt • The Orchard • Berklee • Rolling Stones + UMG • Global Citizen Festival
Kobalt Music has hired Rian Liebenberg as Chief Technology Officer. Kobalt’s current CTO, Richard Thompson, is stepping down, but will continue to advise as Emeritus CTO. Liebenberg previously held CTO positions at Schibsted ASA and Schibsted Media Group.
• Berklee Provost Larry Simpson presented an honorary doctor of music degree to legendary jazz, fusion, and world music guitarist, composer, bandleader, and producer Al Di Meola during the commencement ceremony for the master’s degree programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain.
• Beyonce, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Eddie Vedder are among several headliners scheduled to perform at this year’s Global Citizen Festival in South Africa this upcoming December. The December event, which will take place in Johannesburg, is the culmination of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela; a series of global events honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year. (CelebrityAccess)