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A billboard in Nairobi for Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile service provider, featuring veteran rapper and producer Jua Cali. Andrew J Eisenberg

How African countries are doing in ballooning digital music revenues

The political economy of music distribution goes unchecked. Despite increased digital revenues, also across Africa, music markets remain characterised by bottlenecks between musicians and audiences.
Papa Wemba’s coffin at a memorial in Kinshasa on May 3 2016. EPA/Habibou Bangre

Papa Wemba: active ambassador for Congolese urban music

Papa Wemba was one of the most active ambassadors of Congolese urban music on the global stage. He did this by fusing international musical styles with authentic Congolese grooves.

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