Most statistics on illegal downloading average out to about 95% percent since at least 2008. Subsequently, online music streaming services started popping up, such as spotify.com, that offer subscribers a menu of music from a range of major and independent record labels at a nominal monthly fee (about $10 dollars in the US). Spotify was a Swedish start-up company in 2008, and by 2010 had 2.5 million paying subscribers. As of May 2012, there are more than 20 million monthly users on the Spotify platform, with between 15 17 million tracks and 500 700 million playlists to choose from. Something about downloading CDs, singles, and streaming music from the Internet, though, doesnt work well for radio shows (and DJs) so I went on a hunt for still-standing record stores that carry African music. I followed a path to Sterns Music located, as I rememberedin central London, which used to be the #1 retailer for African music in the world.
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BuJazzO return from Africa, much music in tow
Once the instruments were put down, English was rarely spoken. French and Portuguese ruled communication. “And who can speak those languages anyway?” Seidler said with a chuckle. “But some sign language always comes in handy. And, of course, music – music was the foundation for bringing people together.” Four Senegalese and three Mauritanian musicians accompanied BuJazzo members on their tour from Saint-Louis to Dakar in Senegal, and on to the city of Bissau in Guinea-Bissau.
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Kaakie, R2Bees, Sarkodie, FUSE ODG, D Black, E.L For 2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards On Saturday
Madlingozi explains, I used to drum when I was young. In fact, I used to bash out rhythms on anything I could get my hands on; thats what my mother tells me. And when I was a kid, The Beatles were real big. So people started calling me Ringo after Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr. Madlingozi mixing new music in his Johannesburg studio But to this day, Madlingozi hasnt had even one second of formal musical training. I make music using my ears and heart, through passion and perseverance. Through experience I have learned that if I do something over and over again, it becomes part of me, he says. I am entirely self-taught. Hes convinced the roots of this desire that drives him presently are to be found in his past. Because there werent many opportunities for black musicians during apartheid, I was forced to teach myself and to work much harder to progress which in the end has proved to be a good thing! Mistakes become sonic success. Madlingozi concentrates as he tries to perfect a mix on a new song in his studio in Johannesburg Madlingozi prides himself on his powers of improvisation, insisting that he often turns his musical mistakes into sonic successes. Some of the mistakes are beautiful stuff! he exclaims. He bemoans the fact that some record producers want everything polished and perfect. They tell me, No, Ringo, that note its false. Then I tell them, No, its meant to be there.
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South African Virtuoso Makes ‘Music from the Heart’
This year, the annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will confirm its standing as Africas leading and most consistently exciting music awards event with a superb line-up of live acts. Among those taking to the stage on Saturday night will be, Victoria Kimani, Wizkid, Burna Boy, The Soil, Buffalo Souljah, Aka featuring Da L.E.S., KCee, Lizha James, Cassper Nyovest featuring Okmalumkooklat, Khuli Chana, and Mafikizolo. In the host hot seat is the one-two star-studded combination of Nigerian muso Naeto C and South African hip hopper AKA both artists already having proved their popularity with Channel O viewers over the past few years. The only category not voted for by Channel O viewers is the Special Recognition, which this year is being awarded to Nigerian R&B duo P-Square. Twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye, are being honoured for their significant artistic contributions to music, which have helped place African music and its artists firmly on international stages. They follow in the footsteps of the likes of Oscar Oskido Mdlongwa (2012); Nigerias Koko Master DBanj (2011); Somalian born KNAAN (2010); South African Brenda Fassie (2009) and Ghanas George Lee (2008).
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