The advent of the Internet and the exponential development of new technologies have drastically changed our lives.For the music industry, especially in Africa, the Internet has brought with it a deep and progressive change that is affecting every aspect of the sector. Are these current and future developments beneficial to all the actors in the industry, especially musicians? And what are the prospects for African music-makers,promoters, broadcasters and consumers in light of these technologies?
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Peter Pedroncelli, 8:23 am AFKI Original
Africa is fast becoming a key global tech market, and many of the tech leaders of tomorrow are emerging from the continent. Well-educated, innovative and with leadership qualities that make them stand out among their peers, Africa’s current crop of young tech influencers are impressive. From techpreneurs to investors, business leaders to top innovators, this list of African tech personalities who are under 40 years of age is testament to the growing influence that Africa has in a global context.
Tom Jackson, 1:51 am AFKI Original
The African tech accelerator space and the continent’s fashion industry might seem as far apart as any two spaces could possibly be, but this is changing. There are even accelerator programmes now – one such being Metta in Kenya – for fashion designers to apply tech to their businesses. Tech in fashion is helping to prepare the next generation of designers, assisting them by using information and communication technology to sell more of their products while gaining better visibility.
Staff, 6:54 am
Senegalese start-ups are testing the market for online music platforms in West Africa, where interest in digital entertainment is growing but a lack of credit cards has prevented big players from making inroads.Long celebrated in Europe for their contribution to “world” music -with Mali’s Salif Keita, Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour and Benin’s Angelique Kidjo household names in trendy bars – West African musicians struggled to make money back home, where poverty is widespread and music piracy rampant.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:42 am
South Africa’s largest mobile carrier, Vodacom, is set to undergo a massive rebranding of the company in an effort to open up additional business opportunities with regards to an increasingly digital future. The update in branding is a global effort, with parent company Vodafone leading the change with a new logo (pictured below) and tag line which states: “The Future Is Exciting, Ready?”. The new logo enables 2D visualisation, with 34 countries set to experience the change.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:57 am AFKI Original
South Africa is a country where smartphone usage is high, and downloaded android mobile apps form an important part of the experience for these users. The android market is the biggest among the smartphone competitors in the country, and as such this segment of the market is an indicator of the popularity of apps in general and the types of mobile applications that South Africans are using. Here are the 10 most downloaded android mobile apps in South Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:40 am AFKI Original
Africa loves sport, and the popularity of numerous top sports such as soccer, rugby and cricket has inevitably attracted tech companies that are interested in funding sport in the form of sponsorship deals to be associated with the various teams, competitions and players. Numerous global and local tech brands benefit from this, while the sports themselves require the finances provided by these deals to survive and thrive.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:57 am
A specialized version of the the Google-owned online video service, called YouTube Go, has been made available to Nigerian users through the launch of a mobile app in the country. The U.S.-based company announced that the YouTube Go app is now available for initial public download in Nigeria. Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria in July to unveil a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds.
Dana Sanchez, 5:07 am
Tanzanian American Kay Madati is headed to Twitter to try his hand at growing sales and marketing opportunities to media companies. Named head of content partnerships, he is taking over from Ross Hoffman, who stepped down in May as Twitter’s vice president of global media after seven years. Madati is no stranger to the entertainment side of social-media giants. Before BET, he was head of entertainment and media global marketing solutions at Facebook.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:45 am
The new dotAfrica internet domain continues to attract interest, with thousands registrations taking place for the top-level domain. The dotAfrica top-level internet domain attracted over 8,000 registrations since its launch in July this year, displaying a popularity for the domain among businesses, organisations and individuals, with brands such as banks and media companies ensuring that they captured a domain for themselves.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:14 am
Malaysian subscription streaming video service iflix, which is focused on emerging markets, has officially launched its services in Ghana as part of the company’s expansion into Africa. Customers in Ghana will now be able to sign up for the video-on-demand services from the Netflix competitor, which is focused on the lower end of the streaming market, launching its operations with mobile networks as partners.
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