The digital music industry in East Africa is growing, as smartphone penetration and internet connectivity improve – should the global music industry be paying more attention?
The app enables artists and retailers to sell products to fans who can pay using bank cards or mobile payments platforms.
Mdundo, the African streaming service that supplies music free of charge, supported by advertising from leading African brands, announced in June that it wanted 50 million users by 2025.
East Africa’s digital music industry might live in the shadow of Nigeria and South Africa but it is growing quickly, thanks to the rise of the smartphone.
Instagram has music licensing deals for user-generated content through parent company Facebook, but even it recently had to clarify its guidelines for people broadcasting music on the platform. The wider question […]
TikTok expects to have 300 million users in India by the end of this year, but now Bytedance’s social app has its sights set on another high-potential region: Africa. Quartz has an […]
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).
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 has bought a 70% stake in the label, whose artists include well-known east African artists like Orchestra Super Mazembe, Afro 70, and Western Jazz. The deal appears focused on UMG giving AI Records’ catalogue better global distribution.
PricewaterhouseCoopers’ latest report includes predictions for how the recorded music market will evolve in several African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. In Nigeria, for example, PwC expects spending […]
Our fortnightly Music Ally Report should have landed in your inbox last night. Its lead feature looks at how artist contracts are changing in the streaming age: where they still […]
Music Ally understands that legal physical music sales in Kenya are insignificant. The sharp growth, however, in mobile penetration during the last decade has allowed mobile operators to carve a significant ringback tone (RBT) market.
In our cover feature, we speak to a number of leading music lawyers about artist contracts, how they have changed, where they still need to adapt and what the main […]