Posts By: Ben Oldfield

Midem Thrives In The Cannes Sunshine


I enjoy the Midem conference each year and feel that the event continues to be a valuable point of contact for certain parts of the ever-evolving music business. In many ways Midem has mirrored the changes in our Industry`s evolution and mindset moving away from a throwing of money to a much leaner relationship with newly emerging market forces and players geared… Read more »

In Uganda: Discovering Local African Music in Kampala


As part of my longstanding relationship with African music, I’ve covered topics such as consumer issues and solutions, the monetization of music in Africa and the scope of the country’s influence on music. I have always been lucky enough to mix business and pleasure and since these previous pieces, the interest I have for sourcing great African music has… Read more »

Back to Africa: The Spread of Music Across the Atlantic


It was yet another business week of meetings in the Cape Verdean capital of Praia. It started with a celebration of traditional hip-shaking (to put it mildly), which you can witness in our most recent viral African Dance hit video by Maahlox Le Vibeur. The Orquestra Nacional de Cabo Verde followed by getting all Funana and playing the highest… Read more »

Being Ben in Benin: The Orchard Awards African Artist John Arcadius


Over the course of the last few decades, one of the main threads sewn into my life’s rich tapestry has been propagating the spread of music from the African continent to the rest of the world. I’ve spent countless years selling works by artists like Cesaria Evora and Manu Dibango in “musical containers,” transferring them… Read more »