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Beth Achitsa: How Ongea promotes East African musicians to festival bookers

Beth Achitsa, Ongea talks about: what music industry event Ongea is and what it does; her role as a tour booker and the acts she's been booking this year (2017); the relationship between pop music and the roots of African music; the rise of Nairobi Underground and promoting women DJs. ... read more
January 20, 2018

Artist manager Sarah Jane Nicholson on Mi Casa, , digital platforms and working with brands

Sarah Jane Nicholson, SJN talks about: what SJN does; what the artist manager helps artists do; her work with Micasa and their creative collaborations with Sauti Sol and Eddie Kenzo; the ringback tones sales for Micasa's last single; digital platforms and the success of Early Hours' single on Sound Cloud; and which artist not on her label that she finds exciting. ... read more
April 26, 2017

Gillian Ezra and Phil Moore, Deezer on how music streaming needs to change in Africa

Gillian Ezra and Phil Moore, Deezer talk about: the extent of Deezer's roll-out in Africa; how it makes sure it carries local music and the percentage of it; who its users are; and two ways in which the models for music streaming in Africa need to change. ... read more
March 27, 2017

Warrick Percy, Capasso on the switch to digital music and being the African mechanical rights hub

Warrick Percy, Capasso talks about: what Capasso does and how African songwriters and composers benefit; the increases in its collection revenues over the last 3 years; the split between analogue and digital revenues; why Capasso calls itself the African Mechanical Rights Hub; and its spiky relationship with the mobile operators. ... read more
February 28, 2017

Gallo's Tsholo Moraba on its label acquisitions and how tech is increasing royalties collection

Tsholo Moraba, General Manager, Gallo Music Publishers talks about: the label and publishing acquisitions Gallo has made; the opening of a rights office in Kenya; selling rights across the continent; his involvement on the board of SAMRO; its implementation of a digital rights management system and the increase in revenues achieved through it. ... read more
April 27, 2016

Amil Shivji on his latest documentary film Wahenga about Tanzania's Zilipendwa music

This video opens with a clip from the documentary Wahenga and then director Amil Shivji talks about: what Zilipendwa music is; the connection between the music and the socialist policies of the 1970s and 1980s; and the state of the film industry in Tanzania. ... read more
March 29, 2016

Amaru da Costa, Soulistic Music on the digital success of Black Coffee's album Pieces of Me

Amaru da Costa, Soulistic Music talks about: how he became Black Coffee's Manager; the artists on Soulistic Music; the digital success of Pieces of Me; what Black Coffee has been doing since his last album; the barriers to people buying digital music; and what it will look like in 5 years time. ... read more
January 30, 2016

Julian Von Plato, PockitTV on putting video on every mobile in Africa

Julian Von Plato, founder, PockitTv talks about: the video services it's currently offering on mobile in South Africa; its expansion into the rest of Africa; its Nigerian music service; why hyper-local works; data bundling plans; its business model; and the type of content it's looking for. ... read more
January 9, 2016

Deon Maas, Meerkat Productions on its new doc Punk in Africa

Deon Maas, Meerkat Productions talks about:how punk made its way to Southern Africa; the problems punks faced under the Apartheid regime in South Africa; and the influence of Ska on the music ... read more
July 20, 2015

James Brown & Michael Jackson live in Lagos - Andrew Eborn Octopus TV on performing holograms

Andrew Eborn, Octopus TV talks about: the origins of holograms; creating a live experience with a hologram; examples of performing holograms; the business model; potential in Africa; and the cost of doing them. ... read more
April 27, 2015

Emma Kaye, Bozza on raising GBP0.5 million for its African content marketplace

Emma Kaye, founder, Bozza on: how Bozza has pivoted; the number of artists and users of the current platform; how users make payments and a more favorable revenue share; the wide range of music, video and poetry content on the platform; and its current equity crowdfunding campaign with ... read more
April 27, 2015

Dumisana Kapanga on taking his Malawian music platform Mvelani into Nigeria & other African markets

Dumisana Kapanga, founder of Malawian music platform Mvelani talks about: how he got the idea for the platform; the level of traffic it's getting; the kind of music on the platform; the recent deal signed for Nigerian music; how it will roll out mobile apps; its discussions with mobile operators and the poor deal terms; and its ambition to be a Pan-African platform. ... read more
April 20, 2015

Stephen Lee, Tigo Music on organising the biggest music concerts ever in Ghana and Tanzania

Stephen Lee, Tigo Music talks about: the success of its Latin American mobile music operations; the differences in mobile music terms between Africa and Latin America; the increasing use of smartphones; the countries Tigo Music has been rolled out in and its future plans; its mega-concerts in Ghana and Tanzania ("a bit like the Woodstock of Tanzania"); and its different competitors. ... read more
April 20, 2015

Nigerian Afro-Fusion/Urban RnB artist Jay Bleeng on how he makes a living in the USA and Africa

Nigerian Afro-Fusion/Urban RnB artist Jay Bleeng talks about: why he's living in St.Louis, Missouri; his musical influences; his plans to visit Nigeria; how he makes a living from his music; and the digital platforms his latest single One time is available on. ... read more
April 20, 2015

Hypolite Bouabre on the public launch of Ivorian music producer David Monsoh's BeBlack TV

Hypolite Bouabre, Sales Manager, BeBlack TV on: what BeBlack TV is and what it's trying to achieve; where it's available; and the investor behind it, Ivorian music producer David Monsoh. ... read more
April 10, 2015

Martin Nielsen on Mdundo, a mobile music platform for Kenya and East Africa

Martin Nielsen, Mdundo talks about: why it launched Mdundo; the number of users on the platform; the types of music it features; the payment strategy it will use; and the music magazine it offers. ... read more
March 29, 2015

Sune Mushendwa, Mkito on adding an SMS music service to its downloads and its growth since launching

Sune Mushendwa, founder of Tanzanian music downloads service on: the growth in the number of its users since its launch in July 2014, the proportion of free to paid-for downloads; how is ad-funded free model works; the attitude of users to the adverts; the advertisers it works with and the launch of its new SMS service. ... read more
February 19, 2015

Arun Nagar on Mziiki, a music and video streaming service for African content

Arun Nagar, CEO, Spice VAS Africa, the company that has launched Mziiki talks about: its initial launch into East Africa; the artists available on the platform;the number of regular users of the platform; the business model it will develop; and its launch into Southern Africa and video in 2015. ... read more
February 1, 2015

Eban Oliver, Skyroomlive on livestreaming top African music acts in concert to the world

Eban Oliver, Skyroomlive talks about: the size of the live music touring circuit in South Africa and the acts that play it; its portal for livestreaming concerts; the different models it's using for livestreaming; livestreaming 3D footage; and the 3D viewers it's selling. ... read more
January 18, 2015

Olivier Laouchez, Trace: Launching world's largest music talent competition - Target? 2 m entrants

Olivier Laouchez, CEO, Trace Group talks about: the global reach of the group's music and sport channels; how his Caribbean background gives him a unique position to understand global music; its expansion into radio in Africa in 2015; giving a voice to the young African generation through radio; its massive African talent competition launched in partnership with Airtel; and its soon-to-be launched digital offering. ... read more
November 23, 2014

Michael Akindele on Solo's new mobile film and games offer and its new Android app

Michael Akindele, Director of Experience Planning and Head of Digital Media, Solo talks about: Solo as a start-up device manufacturer and digital content company; its new Android app and where it will be available; the kind of movies users can watch on a pay for basis and its pricing; its download hot-spots at dealers; how it plans to extend its content offer to games; and the handsets it offers in its range. ... read more
November 9, 2014

Harael Salkow, Soul Candi Records on the House Music scene in SA and digital downloads

Harael Salkow, CEO, Soul Candi Records on: how the label came out of selling records; the roster of artists and DJs on the label; what sales numbers are; the scale of the House scene in South Africa; digital downloads and the slow pace of take-up; and who it competes with. ... read more
October 18, 2014

Michael Odiong, Premier Records on celebrating 50 years of the greats of Nigerian music

Michael, Special Projects Manager, Premier Records on: how the label was founded in 1953; the artists on the label; the 50th anniversary of the label; the number of records sold by artists; how many digital downloads sold; and the label's future expansion plans. ... read more
October 4, 2014

Nkiru Balonwu, CEO, music platform Spinlet on how mobile operators take most of their revenues

Nkiru Balonwu, CEO, music streaming and downloads platform Spinlet talks about: how many people use Spinlet; the music it offers; how it offers both streaming and downloading and what it costs; payment methods and the deal with the mobile operators; and the barriers to success. ... read more
August 18, 2014

Gillian Ezra, Simfy Africa on launching a music streaming service with MTN in South Africa

Gillian Ezra, COO, Simfy Africa talks about: how Simfy Africa emerged from the decline in the ringtone market; its operations in Nigeria and South Africa; the cost of the service to the consumer; the size of the catalogue and its local content; the players in Africa's digital streaming apace; and its expansion plans. ... read more
July 15, 2014

Antos Stella, CCA on the impact of digital on the music business in Africa

Antos Stella, Managing Director and shareholder in Content Connect Africa (CCA) talks about: what CCA does as a music agency; its country coverage across Africa; the deals it does with artists, including recording them; international music platforms coming to Africa; the investment by MTN; and whether subscriptions or live streams are the best business model. ... read more
June 11, 2014

Jason Njoku, iROKO on why its online music platform iROKING will grow in Nigeria

Jason Njoku, CEO, iROKO talks about its online music platform will be making a transition in the next couple of years. He talks about: iROKING going from being a content aggregation service to being the "sound cloud for Africa"; the scale of music downloads on the platform against the number of film downloads on iROKO TV; and the current level of downloads and his predictions for future growth ... read more
March 23, 2014

Yoel Kennan, Africori on buying South African independent record label Cool Spot Records

Yoel Kennan , Africori talks about: why it bought Cool Spot Records; the music catalogue the company has; the growth strategy for its music investments; moving Cool Spot to Maboneng; the re-launch of online music platform Tavoom and its user numbers; and the role of the major record labels in Africa. ... read more
September 13, 2013

Jim Chuchu, The Nest on its online fashion week and its planned online music event

Jim Chuchu, The Nest talks about the the Virtual Fashion Week it ran and the upcoming online music event. ... read more
July 14, 2013

Jane Lewisohn - the Flowers radio show and the renaissance of Iranian music and poetry it encouraged

Jane Lewisohn, Research Associate, Department of Music, SOAS, University of London and Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University talks about: the Flowers (Golha) radio show which ran in Iran from 1956 until the start of the Islamic revolution; the founder of the programme Davoud Pirnia; the success of the programmes with the public and their impact on Iranian culture, particularly music and poetry; the flowering of a Persian identity; and the changes in the programme when Davoud Pirnia retired. See: ... read more
April 29, 2013
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