AML 130: Oye Akideinde on the Digital Evolution of the Nigerian Music Industry

Oye Akideinde (Oye) (Guest)  is a media, tech and entertainment executive with over 20+ years experience in primarily the media, entertainment, technology, consumer goods, eBusiness, financial, and digital sectors. Currently, he is the General Manager (GM) for ‘Music Services’ for the MTN Group, a multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in Africa, Europe and Asia. As …

AML 129: BEZ Idakula on New Album and How to Become a Successful Indie Artist in Nigeria & Africa

Bez Idakula was born into music. As a young musician and performer, Bez began fine-tuning his sound, drawing inspiration from various genres. Indeed, African beats, hip hop, soul and jazz unified to enrich his music, giving life to a new genre, alternative soul. His sound gained momentum to a wider audience and in 2009/2010 he …

AML 128: Interview with Bizzle Osikoya, Nigeria & Africa’s Top A&R Executive

 Abiodun “Bizzle” Osikoya is a self-proclaimed artist helper, talent developer, respected A&R, music business consultant, digital marketer and co-founder of The Plug, Africa’s leading talent management agency with diverse music services including licensing, distribution and event productions. He has worked with some of Africa’s leading global musicians, and record companies. He joins Ms. Uduak, …

AML 127: Beyonce’s Lion King Album, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Flame v. Katy Perry, Tekno v. Ubi Franklin (Podcast)

Is Beyonce Africa’s music industry’s savior? What’s going on with Wizkid’s career? Why hasn’t he dropped an album since 2017? Has Burna Boy finally proved he is an African Giant? Did the jury get it right with its $2.8 million verdict against Katy Perry for infringing on Flame’s ‘Joyful Noise’ song? Was it necessary for …

AML 126: The Third Wave: Surfing the Emerging Streaming Landscape #MusicBiz2019

I had the pleasure of attending AML super fan Iredumare (Ire) Opeyemi’s panel session held on May 6, 2019, at the Music Biz 2019 conference in Nashville, produced by the Music Business Association. If you have been following this blog and podcast for a while, then you know seven years ago, Ire stumbled on the …