Music In Africa Portal

Music In Africa is an information and exchange web portal dedicated to the African music sector. The portal responds to the need for reliable information and networking between music professionals in Africa. It also aims to contribute towards improved collaboration among artists on an international level, as well as to enhance awareness of African music scenes.

Use the portal 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

The portal comprises five main content sections: a Directory section (where you can find and connect with professionals who operate in the sector, including musicians, institutions, record labels etc); a Magazine section (featuring dynamic content such as news, overviews of African music scenes, feature articles, reviews etc); an Education section (dedicated for educational content); a Resource section (where one can read and learn more); and a Music Discovery tool that allows users to discover and listen to African music.

As a pan-African portal Music In Africa is supported by professionals from all over the continent, including music journalists, musicians, publishers, festival organizers, researchers and many more.

The History of Music In Africa

In August 2011, the Goethe-Institut in partnership with Siemens Stiftung organized a music conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, where a dynamic group of music professionals from across Africa discussed and developed 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 non-profit company, Africa Culture Technologies. In September 2012, two more important events were held concurrently with the Moshito Music Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa: the Music in Africa Online Journalism workshop and the Music In Africa third partner meeting. The partner meeting established an approach to create a pan-African organization that would own and govern Music In Africa, while the journalism 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 at the Heron Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. At this meeting the Music In Africa constitution was adopted and the Music In Africa Board of Management was elected, leading to the formation of the Music in Africa Foundation, which owns and governs the Music in Africa portal. At the same meeting, Eddie Hatitye was appointed director of the Music In Africa Foundation.