Spotify launches in the Middle East and North Africa (interview)
Rumours about Spotify's impending debut in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been bubbling for weeks. Today, the streaming service launched in 13 countries in the region. Spotify's free and premium tiers are...
November 13, 2018
African music service Boomplay had 17m monthly users in July
Earlier this week we reported on African streaming and downloads service Boomplay’s licensing deal with Universal Music, and its claim to have more than 36 million users across the continent. Here’s an update...
November 8, 2018
Spotify is (almost) ready for launch in the Middle East and North Africa
Spotify appears to be making the final preparations for its long-anticipated launch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on an invitation-only basis. News site MENAbytes reported this weekend that Spotify...
November 5, 2018
Deezer launches across Middle East and North Africa
Streaming service Deezer clearly signalled its intentions in the Middle East and Africa with its $185m funding round in August. Saudi Arabian investment fund Kingdom Holding Company and media firm Rotana Group were among...
October 22, 2018
IFPI head talks EU Copyright Directive, China, Africa and if labels are still necessary (spoiler: she thinks they are)
IFPI CEO Frances Moore has been in the job for eight years now and spoke to Billboard about the organisation’s biggest concerns (yes, the “value gap”/EU Copyright Directive is high among them) and where the next waves...
October 15, 2018
Study outlines internet-access growth in sub-Saharan Africa
The music industry’s excitement about the potential of countries in sub-Saharan Africa is underpinned by the awareness that internet access – particularly through smartphones – is growing rapidly in those markets. Now...
October 10, 2018
Black Coffee ready to launch GongBox streaming app in Africa
At the Midem conference in June, South African artist Black Coffee talked about his plans to launch an app that included music-streaming and social-networking elements, called GongBox. “For the longest time we’ve been...
October 8, 2018
Spotify debuts ‘Global Cultures Initiative’ for music diversity
Spotify has announced a new scheme that will focus on music from the Middle East, Africa, India and Latin America. It’s called the Global Cultures Initiative, which Spotify describes as “promoting and advancing culturally...
October 1, 2018
MTN Uganda says Tidal deal part of telco’s ’do or die’ strategy
Music Ally recently reported on Tidal’s latest deal with a telco: MTN Uganda, representing its first move into Africa. Now the telco’s chief marketing officer Olivier Prentout has been talking to Reuters about how the...
September 3, 2018
Kenyan streaming service Songa offers cheaper subscription
Songa is the streaming service launched in Kenya by telco Safaricom. It has just changed its pricing, dropping the cost of its daily subscription to 5 Kenyan Shillings (around $0.05).
August 24, 2018
Tidal enters Africa with telco MTN, starting with Uganda
Tidal is the latest global music-streaming service to target Africa as its next region for growth. The company has announced a partnership with telco MTN, kicking off with a bundle deal in Uganda.
August 23, 2018
Universal Music doubles down on Africa with Nigeria division
Shortly after expanding into French-speaking African countries with a new division, Universal Music is further extending its activities on the continent. It’s launching a Universal Music Nigeria division, based in Lagos,...
July 18, 2018