Universal Music buys 70% stake in Kenyan label AI Records
Universal Music Group’s expansion plans are making Africa a priority, with the latest example being UMG’s acquisition of a majority stake in Kenyan label AI Records. According to news site Business Daily, Universal...
March 5, 2018
Music publishing boss Andrew Jenkins: ‘Copyright should be forever’
“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.” Andrew...
June 12, 2017
CISAC and ARIPO launch drive for creator rights in Africa
Information on the size of recorded-music markets in Africa remains hard to come by: even the IFPI only tracks figures for one country (South Africa) in its annual RIN report. However, collecting societies body CISAC is launching...
February 15, 2017
Digital music trends from Russia, China, Africa and Latin America
The music industry is getting even more excited about emerging markets in 2017, from Latin America to Russia, China and India. A panel at our NY:LON Connect conference today explored some of the challenges and opportunities...
January 25, 2017
Shazam targets emerging markets with ‘Lite’ Android app
Shazam has launched a ‘Lite’ version of its Android app, aimed at music fans in emerging markets. The app will launch initially in India, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria and Venezuela, with a footprint of...
October 7, 2016
Mkito boss on digital music’s evolution in East Africa
As a collection of music markets, Africa is a mystery to much of the western music industry. Even global body the IFPI only publishes detailed figures for one country, South Africa, in its annual report. That means an...
September 28, 2016
Nigerian startup Sharebunk to launch music messaging app
We’ve been fairly gloomy about the prospects for music messaging apps, having seen several crash and burn (or, more often, not even get enough speed up to crash).
July 13, 2016
Spinlet launches new family-friendly version
African digital music service Spinlet has added a feature called ‘Inspire’ that will make its content more family-friendly. Launched as a toggle on its website and app, which will switch out certain tracks in favour...
December 17, 2015
Spinlet nears 2m downloads as it sets sights beyond Africa
African music-streaming service Spinlet’s mobile app has been downloaded nearly 2m times since 2013, according to chief executive Nkiru Balonwu. The company is facing growing competition in its home continent thanks to...
October 12, 2015
Google ramps up Android One in Africa
Google is significantly expanding its Android one affordable-smartphones initiative in Africa, taking the program to Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt, and Morocco. Google is working with smartphone maker Infinix...
August 19, 2015
7digital sets sights on Africa with 40-country licensing deal
7digital has signified its latest arena for global expansion: Africa. The company has signed a deal with African collecting society CAPASSO that covers 40 countries on the continent, including licences for downloads and streaming....
July 22, 2015