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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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).
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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.
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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,...