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Liberia - Why change a working formula? For popular Liberian singer and producer J Slught, mid-length collections have been particularly worthwhile. Buoyed by the huge success of his debut EP Home & Beyond, the ace Liberian singer is keen on consolidating himself as the country's pop sweetheart with the release of its successor, the King...
South Africa - Africa is credited as the progenitor of jazz, not only because the first practitioners of the genre were Africans living in America in the early 20th century, but also in its general approach to rhythm, groove and instrumental improvisation. African artists later combined the jazz styles of the US with...
Nigeria - Nigerian music intelligence company Josplay this week announced the launch of its flagship product Josplay Enterprise. The service, created by a team of software engineers and musicologists, allows users to create their own mood-perfect playlists using tags to search through a catalogue of more than 200 000 African songs. It is engineered to match African music...
USA - Warner Music Group’s (WMG’s) recorded music revenues rose from $907m to $1.059bn, representing 16.8% growth, or a 12.9% uptick in constant currency, in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year. In quarter one last year, the company posted a 1.7% loss in revenue compared to the...
USA - Nigerian Afro-fusion star Burna Boy and Ghanaian alternative singer Amaarae have been confirmed for this year’s edition of New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival at Citi Field in Queens from 24 to 26 September. The festival, which is now in its 10th edition, was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 concerns. It...
Nigeria - Scrolling through the comments made on YouTube on Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s music, one comes across remarks such as: “The greatest unknown musician who ever lived”, “Why isn’t Fela’s music more widely known?”, “His music beats everything I’ve ever heard before” and “Why am I so late to this?” The truth is...
USA - The Music Business Association, in partnership with Ingrooves Music Group, is inviting interested participants to register for a webinar titled Supercharging Streams and Building Long Term Fans, on 4 May at 8pm CAT. The virtual event will feature speakers such as Ingrooves Music Group CEO Bob Roback, who will...
Portugal - Registrations are now open for the 2021 edition of the Worldwide Music Expo (WOMEX) in Porto, Portugal, from 27 to 31 October. The day trade fair and conference will take place at the riverside Alfandega do Porto, and in the evenings the venues will include Casa da Musica, Teatro Rivoli, Porto...
USA - Warner Music Group (WMG) has partnered with virtual entertainment company Wave on a new deal for the label’s global roster of artists. Wave offers fans interactive features including live chats, virtual gifting and voting, as well as real-time audience appearances during artist performances. The deal will create more monetisation opportunities...
UK - English Folk Expo has announced the launch of the Folk Talk Academy, a virtual learning hub that gives artists free access to a broad range of music industry expertise. The first webinar session will be held on 5 May at 4pm CAT. The Folk Talk Academy is courtesy of...