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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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. …

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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 …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

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 …

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

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 …

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Friday, April 20, 2018

A decade doing anything is a milestone worth celebrating. To mark a cool decade in the music industry, Kenyan rapper Octopizzo dropped his fourth studio album titled ‘Next Year’. The album is available on all major streaming services so you get a chance to hear what 10 years deep sounds like. Congrats Octopizzo!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

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 …

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Monday, April 9, 2018

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 …

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Monday, April 2, 2018

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 …

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Many know her as the younger sister to the talented Vee Money a.k.a Vanessa Mdee but Mimi Mars is a talent in her own right. Besides a law degree, she has been gracing our TV sets and radio with her music for the last year or 2 now. The limelight has been kind to her and she continues to grow …

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Monday, March 5, 2018

It is no secret that Africa is on a new trajectory in the music industry and is seen as a developing market with potential significance worldwide in years to come. With that, comes a new wave of deals impacting artists, record labels and more. One such deal takes us to Kenya this time around. Below is an excerpt from the …