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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Just In: Universal Group buys Kenyan music company AI Records

Just In: Universal Group buys Kenyan music company AI Records

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 main article online: Universal Music Group has acquired majority stake in a Kenyan record label in a deal that gives the American multinational access to one of the largest catalogues of East African…continue reading →
The Composers Association of South Africa (CASA) is closing down

The Composers Association of South Africa (CASA) is closing down

After a phenomenal 14 year journey, the Composers Association of South Africa (CASA) is calling it a day. As highlighted by the public statement below, CASA has had some challenges in maintaining sustainability over the long term and it has come to a point where they had to make a decision. END OF AN ERA:This is to inform you that CASA will be closing down.CASA has held an important position in our music industry for many years, representing the interests of music composers and providing information and assistance since 2004. This account will…continue reading →
Breaking: 20 Year Old Ghana Musician, Ebony, Has Died

Breaking: 20 Year Old Ghana Musician, Ebony, Has Died

2018 has unfortunately seen another dark day for African music. Yet to be confirmed reports coming out of Ghana are that star singer, Ebony Reigns, who is known for hits such as Sponsor, Poison and Maam3 Hw3 , has died. It is said that Ebony was involved in a terrible car accident and died in a local Ghanaian hospital. She was just a week away from celebrating her 21st birthday. Ebony had recently rose to prominence over the last couple of years with her catchy music and free expression which gained her a…continue reading →
Just in: Tanzanian producers B’Hitz sign management agreement with Panamusiq

Just in: Tanzanian producers B’Hitz sign management agreement with Panamusiq

Production powerhouse B'Hitz from Tanzania have just signed amanagement agreement with Panamusiq. They duo is well known for producing for some notable names in the African music industry including AY, Psquare, Mwana FA, FidQ, Avril, Vanessa Mdee and Lady JayDee. As a label, after nurturing a multitude of artists, B’Hits has decided to focus on one music group, District 9ine whose sound reflects the full spectrum of urban music. For the music production segment, B’Hitz has built its name around the unique and crispy sound that comes out of its studio thanks to…continue reading →