Senegalese artist Youssou N'Dour will be featured on MusikBi, Africa's first music download service. (Google Images)
Senegalese artist Youssou N'Dour will be featured on MusikBi, Africa's first music download service. (Google Images)
Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour will be one of the musical artists featured on MusikBi, Africa’s first music download service.
(Google Images)

The Guardian is reporting Africa’s first homegrown platform for legal music downloads has launched in Senegal with a mission to promote African artists, pay them properly and fight internet piracy. The author writes:

“Internationally famous musicians such as Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal are among almost 200 who have signed agreements with MusikBi, along with younger rappers, jazz artists and Christian and Muslim vocalists.

The platform draws its name from the word for music in Wolof, the language widely spoken in Senegal and neighbouring Gambia, said project developer Moustapha Diop at the launch in Dakar on Wednesday.

Songs cost between 300 and 500 CFA francs (50-85 US cents) and users can download them using mobile phone credit in a region where few have bank cards.

‘It is the first platform of its kind enabling music downloads by text or PayPal,’ said a statement released by Diop’s company, Solid.

Solid noted that many African music artists ‘cannot live comfortably by the proceeds of their work’, adding the platform offered a chance for ‘promotion and to allow them to make a living from their art.’”

Read more at The Guardian.

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