Music In Africa

Music in Africa ©

a music information platform

Music In Africa is an information and exchange web portal dedicated to the African music sector. Initiated by the Goethe-Institut together with Siemens Stiftung and partners from across the African continent, Music in Africa’s vision is to be the leading source of information in and for the African music sector.

Music in Africa

Music in Africa will focus on current trends in contemporary sub-Saharan African music, while emphasizing the diverse aspects specific to each country or region. The portal will comprise a directory section with biographies, photos, ratings, and contact details of musicians and various music-related services; a magazine section featuring up-to-date features and reviews; overview texts written by experts offering practical advice on a variety of music-related subjects for specific African contexts; as well as various educational resources and a music discovery tool that will allow users to search and listen to African music.

With Music in Africa you will be able to:

  • Enhance your knowledge of the African music sector
  • Find music operators and service providers from across the continent
  • Profile yourself or your business and promote your work seamlessly
  • Share your information about the sector
  • Discover and listen to African music
  • Access practical tools
  • Collaborate and help build a reliable information resource

Everyone can contribute

A community-driven portal, Music in Africa will offer innovative tools to allow all informed users to contribute and moderate content in a professional way. Musicians and music operators will be able to enlist and create their own profiles. More importantly, Music in Africa will not be for music professionals only but for all interested in the African music sector. Anyone interested in becoming a contributor or moderator will be able to register and produce content for the site in seamless ways.

With support from the Goethe-Institut and Siemens Stiftung, Music in Africa is in the process of becoming an independent foundation (Music in Africa Foundation), run by a board of experts from around the continent. Regional offices have been established in South Africa (Johannesburg), DRC (Kinshasa), Kenya (Nairobi), Senegal (Dakar) and Nigeria (Lagos). Each office is tasked with gathering and compiling information for its region. Following the launch, the first phase of the site will see coverage of South Africa, DRC, Kenya and Senegal. Music In Africa will soon spread to other countries, with the aim of covering all of sub-Saharan Africa in the next three years.

Background information

In August 2011, the Goethe-Institut in partnership with Siemens Stiftung organized a music conference in Johannesburg, where a dynamic group of music professionals from across Africa discussed a basic idea of a music information portal. The idea was developed further at a follow-up meeting held concurrently with the Sauti Za Busara Festival in Zanzibar in February 2012. A few months later, in May 2012, a project manager, Eddie Hatitye, was appointed. In June 2012 a contract to develop and design the portal was awarded to Senegalese company, Africa Culture Technologies. In September 2012, two more important events were held concurrently with the Moshito Music Conference in Johannesburg: the Music In Africa Online Journalism workshop and the third Music In Africa partner meeting. The partner meeting established an approach to create a pan-African foundation that would own and govern Music In Africa, while the workshop gave the Music In Africa team a chance to engage potential content providers from different African countries. On 27 July 2013, the first Music In Africa Annual General Meeting was held in Nairobi, Kenya. At this meeting a constitution was adopted and a Board of Management elected, leading to the formation of the Music In Africa Foundation, which will own and govern the Music In Africa portal.

The Goethe-Institut and Siemens Stiftung support the establishment and development of the portal. The goal of the cooperation is to establish a sustainable structure with local partners that contributes to a vibrant music scene on the continent. The Goethe-Institut and Siemens Stiftung have a long-standing partnership and have worked on complex cultural projects on both national and international levels.