Namibian Annual Music Awards 2018 – And the winners are….

Namibian Annual Music Awards 2018 – And the winners are….

The list of winners for the 2018 Namibian Annual Music Awards is in. Big winners included Chikune, Sally Boss Madam, Kalux and Suzy Eises. BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Suzy Eises for the album ‘Suzy Eises’ BEST MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Kalux for the album ‘Tuhafeni’ BEST FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Sally Boss Madam for the album ‘My Black’ BEST DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR - Paradox for ‘The Known Unknown II’ BEST NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Suzy Eises for the album ‘Suzy Eises’ BEST AFRIKAANS - Reeziana…continue reading →
Streaming now tops music revenue – Africa take note

Streaming now tops music revenue – Africa take note

Streaming Now Tops A few weeks ago I wrote about why African musicians should take streaming platforms more seriously and sure enough, IFPI released a ‘State of the Industry’ report last week stating that streaming now accounts for the majority of music revenue. African musicians need to take note and make the necessary moves to take advantage of this shift. Let’s look at some key 2017 stats from the report: Music Streaming revenue increased by 41.1% and, for the first time, became the single largest revenue source. Digital revenues now account for more…continue reading →
South African artist Serati Maseko releases her EP “Rapture”

South African artist Serati Maseko releases her EP “Rapture”

Serati - Rapture EP (2018) Rapture /ˈraptʃə/ a feeling of intense pleasure or joy. This is what you should expect after listening to Serati’s first EP release. Serati is a young and upcoming singer, songwriter, guitar player, model and a blogger. She hails from Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, South Africa. Rapture is a short collection of Serati’s musical styles that blend African sounds with folk and soul melodies. Released one month after her debut original single, “Why do you tempt me?”, this EP project aims at putting Serati on the map of African…continue reading →
Wizkid’s Coachella Performance That Didn’t Happen

Wizkid’s Coachella Performance That Didn’t Happen

You and I like many other Africans especially in the diaspora were looking forward to Afrobeats and Nigerian star, Wizkid, gracing the stage on one of the biggest live performance concert on the globe - Coachella. The first weekend of April 14th, Coachella promptly released a statement apoogising for Wizkid's absent but confirmed a rescheduling for April 21st. We are sorry to announce that Wizkid is unable to make it into the country to join us this weekend but will be performing next weekend.— Coachella (@coachella) April 14, 2018 Wizkid himself tweeted this:…continue reading →
Takura – Someone Had To Do it (2018) album review ZIMBABWE

Takura – Someone Had To Do it (2018) album review ZIMBABWE

2018 is on a great trajectory in terms of Zim music. Encouraging signs are everywhere and I managed to get my hands on the brand new project by the man around town: Takura. Soul Afrika was Takura’s door into the music industry but now Takura has fully found his own voice following his solo introduction 2 years ago. To see him release a full length album so soon after the very successful Relationship Goals EP was a bit of a surprise. In its own way it shows the kind of work Takura is…continue reading →
The Music Modernization Act – Why It Is Important

The Music Modernization Act – Why It Is Important

Licensing reform for the 21st century music industry is expected to take a step forward Tuesday with the introduction of a new Music Modernization Act that combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid. A key provision of the bill is for Congress to establish the equivalent of a SoundExchange for songwriters to track credits and distribute royalties when digital services use their work. The switch to a market-based rate standard for…continue reading →
African Musicians Can No Longer Afford To Ignore Music Streaming

African Musicians Can No Longer Afford To Ignore Music Streaming

Roughly 13 years ago, African music was very difficult to find if you were not on the African continent. The few artists you could find with music available online were those that were managed by or signed to western labels. A lot of independent online music stores also popped up around that time often selling physical CDs that could be shipped to buyers. At the time I thought “If we find a way to quickly get new releases from Africa to the diaspora, it would be good business.” Oh how things have changed.…continue reading →
Botswana Has A New Songstress – Mpho Sebina

Botswana Has A New Songstress – Mpho Sebina

The name Mpho Sebina may not immediately ring a bell to many but for those in the know, her unique style of neo-soul, mellow music is winning people over. I came across her music on Spotify and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Botswana has long been a country that doesn't put out much music beyond its boarders. In simple terms, music from Botswana is very hard to find on the internet for someone like me that collates the best music for a show. So when I come across someone of Mpho…continue reading →