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Davido’s Performance at Idris Elba’s Wedding Over the Weekend Shows how Far Nigerian & Afrobeats Music has Come

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Once upon a time, it didn’t matter whether you were an American or British celebrity (even of African heritage). During your wedding, if you decided to hire a performer to serenade your bride, you most likely were not looking to hire an African artist. You often and most likely opted for an American musician. In 2019, we have seen the …

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Warner Music Group Signs Partnership Deal with Nigeria’s Chocolate City – What it Really Means

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Last week Thursday, Warner Music Group and Nigeria’s Chocolate City Record Label announced an “innovative (partnership) deal”. You can read the press statement below but before you do, here are my thoughts on the deal: 1. Nigeria’s music industry has been open for business for a long time, and this partnership deal reaffirms the obvious. As I have said before, …

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Waje says she is tired and ready to quit music, but has she really done enough to make her tired?

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Nigerian R&B singer Waje recently released a short reality tv styled documentary where she declared that she is “tired,” and ready to quit music. She explains that she has invested her monies in the music industry but is yet to see a true return on her investment. The video has since gone viral, and many have questioned and even blamed …

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Boomplay, Africa’s Largest Music Streaming Service Announces Licensing Deal With Warner Music

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In February of this year, I brought you exclusive news on the music streaming licensing deal to be brokered by Boomplay and Warner Music Group. Actually, you heard it on the Africa Music Law Podcast show directly from Iredumare Opeyemi, Boomplay’s Director of Legal and Business Affairs. Last week Friday, the news officially hit the press and made global headlines. …

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Top 10 African Dance Styles That Went Viral in 2018

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Can you copyright dance moves? The foregoing question was one the 2 Milly vs. Fornite lawsuit brought to the forefront in an American federal court. While that case raised issues about copyright protection for choreographic works, African dance creators created dance moves that went viral, globally. Here are the top 10 African dance styles that went viral in 2018 compiled …