Posts Tagged: Africa

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 worldwide.

The Meeting Of Minds At Midem 2018


This past week, Cannes opened its arms once again to the global music community as Midem presented its annual conference. With attendees from over 80 countries, discussions were held over the course of four days on the issues we are facing today as well as what’s in store for the future of the music industry. After… 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 »