Author Archives: Ben Oldfield

African Music Business On The Move

The African continent represents a massive potential market for music consumption in the streaming era. The sheer volume of smartphone users on the continent could equate to a great additional source of audio streams -- outdoing some current usage figures w...

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 a...

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...

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 ...