Mvelani, a Malawian music streaming startup, has secured US$57,000 from an unnamed angel investor for the development and launch of mobile apps.
Aside the development and launch of its mobile apps, the funds will be used to expand the service into Nigeria.
“…we are also planning on increasing our footprint in Nigeria. We have to date been focused on the Malawian market and we want to expand from there,” founder of Mvelani, Dumisani Kapanga said in a statement.
The launch of its mobile apps will allows users to listen to songs offline.
Mvelani, which means ‘listen’ in the national language of Chichewa, allows fans at home and abroad to discover music that isn’t otherwise available in mainstream channels.
These music are uploaded on to the platform by music artists who are required to sign up for the service.
Mvelani was launched last year by Kapanga out of frustration – he couldn’t find music from home online to listen to while studying in Scotland and he disliked asking friends and family back home to send local songs to him to keep him up-to-date with the music scene.
Four days after launch, more than 700 tracks from 71 artists across old and new music were uploaded to the platform, which also recorded more than 50,000 minutes of listening time.
In a statement, Kapanga said his dream is “to cultivate the site into the largest music catalogue of its type and to have every song recorded or produced from southern African artists available for download or streaming online and on mobile.”