Sony Music is latest major label to license Boomplay in Africa
African music-streaming service Boomplay now has a full set of deals with the global major labels, with Sony Music the third and final major to strike an agreement. Sony’s catalogue of both African and international artists...
November 20, 2019
Most Wanted: Music report – Scott Cohen, diversity, Africa and more
In Berlin, talk around music usually takes two paths: techno or the blockchain, and both involve a lot of earnest nodding. At the Most Wanted: Music 2019 conference, conversation was nudged towards the creation of new value...
November 8, 2019
CISAC report reveals growth in global music collections
CISAC, the global collecting-societies body, has published its annual 'Global Collections Report' setting out the collections of its 239 members in more than 120 countries. As ever, it's a useful counterpart to the IFPI's...
November 7, 2019
African streaming service Playfre expands to 13 more countries
Playfre is still in its early days for user growth: the African music-streaming service has just over 5,000 registered users, although people don’t have to register to use its app. Having launched at the start of May 2019,...
October 29, 2019
Wizkid plans his own streaming service
Nigerian star Wizkid says he is planning his own music streaming app – done in partnership with the United Bank For Africa. “We intend to create a streaming platform for people to be able to market their music, put...
October 11, 2019
African music-streaming service Boomplay now has 53m users
Boomplay has become one of the most prominent music-streaming services to have launched in Africa, and now it has announced a new figure for its growth. It now claims to have more than 53 million users, up from 42 million...
August 30, 2019
WizKid sets record for African artists with 8m Spotify listeners
Nigerian artist WizKid came to prominence for many people beyond the core Afrobeats community in 2016, when he was a featured guest on Drake’s track ‘One Dance’. But WizKid’s digital popularity predates that collaboration,...
August 21, 2019
African telco MTN has high hopes for MusicTime music service
MTN in Africa has been one of the telcos most engaged with music in recent times. It started offering Tidal to its customers in Uganda through a bundle partnership announced in August 2018, then in November it acquired...
August 19, 2019
African streaming service Playfre wants to raise $500k-$1m
Nigerian music-streaming service Playfre launched earlier this year, although rather than licensing music directly, it was more of a curatorial/social layer on top of YouTube, from which its music is sourced. CEO Chika...
August 12, 2019
Gojë Music distributor wants to help African artists go global
There’s a lot of excitement in 2019 around the digital-music ecosystem that’s being built in Africa, both in terms of streaming services for people to listen there, and the business infrastructure required to help African...
July 29, 2019
YouTube and Mr Eazi team up to help emerging Nigerian artists
YouTube is already the most significant digital platform for Afrobeats artists looking to build their global audiences. Now the service has teamed up with Nigerian artist Mr Eazi and his emPawa Africa incubator to provide...
July 25, 2019
East African streaming service Smubu has 200k active users
As the big global music-streaming services continue to mull their strategies for sub-Saharan Africa, local players are springing up to stake their claim to a piece of the nascent streaming market. The latest is Smubu, a music-streaming...
July 11, 2019