MusikBi, a home-grown platform for legal music downloads, has been launched in Senegal to promote African artists, pay them properly and fight Internet piracy – basically killing three birds with one stone.
MusikBi, which draws its name from the word for music in Wolof, a language widely spoken in Senegal and neighbouring Gambia, enables music downloads via text and PayPal.
This is how it works:
- Buy music via text message by sending the code for your selection to the short number shown.
- Your MusikBi account will be automatically created when we receive your first message.
- You will receive a text message containing your login information.
- Every time you make a purchase, you will receive a non-reusable link allowing you to download the content you bought.
- Download the music yourself or send the link to a friend.
- Buy €10, €20 or €30 worth of MusikBi credit via PayPal.
- Your MusikBi account will be created automatically.
- You will receive an email containing your sign-in information.
- Sign in and use your MusikBi credit. You can: Download music at the prices shown; purchase concert tickets covered by TicketBi, and pay for any other services on the MusikBi and TicketBi platforms.
Songs cost between 300 and 500 CFA francs (50-85 US cents) and users can download them using mobile phone credit in a region where few have bank cards.
Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal, internationally famous musicians, are among almost 200 who have signed agreements with MusikBi. Younger rappers, jazz artists, and Christian and Muslim vocalists have also signed agreements.
African music artists find it difficult to live comfortably from their arts as piracy is the order of the day on the continent. MusikBi hopes to help in that regard.
MusikBi does not offer a streaming service because local Internet speeds makes it difficult to offer such service.
Sign up for the service today to download songs from some of Africa’s biggest musicians!
Source: The Guardian.