A simple guide to key points of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for record labels, music companies, podcasts and musicians

A simple guide to key points of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for record labels, music companies, podcasts and musicians

What is GDPR? There has been a major shift in internet data and privacy laws in the European Union over the last few years. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It addresses the collection and use of personal data outside the EU. In most normal cases, why would you concern yourself with all this internet hullabaloo when you are in the music business? That only affects ‘other’ organisations in different industries, right? Even…continue reading →
Nyasa Music Awards 2018 (Malawi) – And the winners are…

Nyasa Music Awards 2018 (Malawi) – And the winners are…

As you might already know especially if you follow our work, it is music awards season in Africa! Malawi had its Nyasa Music Awards 2018 on on May 4th at the Comesa Hall in Blantyre, Malawi’s capital. Below is a full list of winners or the 2018 Nyasa Music Awards ALBUM OF THE YEAR Lawi - Sunset in the Sky - [Winner] Sangie - Painless David Kalilani - Fore runner Lucius Banda - Crimes BEST HIP HOP ARTIST Fredokiss - [Winner] Gwamba Suffix Macelba Martse BEST R&B ARTIST Bucci Kell Kay - [Winner]…continue reading →
Headies 2018 Awards (Nigeria) – And the winners are…

Headies 2018 Awards (Nigeria) – And the winners are…

Here is the full list of winners at the 2018 Headies awards. Nigeria's Grammys as they say! 2018 HEADIES WINNERS LIST BEST POP SINGLE MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN ALL OVER – TIWA SAVAGE YEBA – KISS DANIEL ISKABA – WANDE COAL AND DJ TUNEZ IF – DAVIDO [Winner] FIA – DAVIDO   BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG MONEY – ADEKUNLE GOLD RADIO – NONSO AMADI ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE PONMILE – REMINISCE FUN MI LOWO MI – ARAMIDE FT. SOUND SULTAN £& KOKER [Winner] LAGOS BARBIE – BANTU   BEST RAP SINGLE…continue reading →
African Weekend Playlist

African Weekend Playlist

A weekend is THAT much better with African music! Nelson Freitas - Mariana (Cape Verde)   MsVee - I Don’t Know (Ghana)   D’Banj - Action (Nigeria)   Senzaa - Mbongo Chobi ft Magasco (Togo)   Davido - Assurance (Nigeria)   Manal - Taj (Morocco)   ExQ - Tsvigiri (Zimbabwe)   Cassper Nyovest - K’sazobalit (South Africa)   Daphne - My Lover (Cameroon)   Otile Brown & Sanaipei Tande - Chaguo La Moyo (Kenya)continue reading →
Suzy Eises – ‘Suzy Eises’ (2018) Album Review NAMIBIA

Suzy Eises – ‘Suzy Eises’ (2018) Album Review NAMIBIA

Young, gifted and African, Suzy Eises has a very mild demeanour. Almost unassuming to an extent. It doesn’t understate her presence yet you could take it for granted. Until she starts to showcase what she can do and the goosebumps will tell you all you need to know. Her debut, self titled ‘Suzy Eises’ shook the Namibian industry upon release. Although I gave this album a listen before, I was influenced by Suzy Eises’ Namibian Annual Music Awards 2018 ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ wins to give this body of work…continue reading →
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 →