Not a month goes past without some new African digital music platform or service being announced. There are two them in the story below but beneath this constant flow of activity is the sound of the wheels failing to bite the turf. The problem? You guessed it. The mobile operators are stuck with a historic ecosystem that marginalizes the talent and a business they don’t understand. Russell Southwood looks at the good news and the bad news.
Free to Air African TV broadcasters have built longstanding partnerships with live events to the benefit of both. Now more specialist pay TV channels are forging these kinds of relationships. It’s the second year DStv channel [ED] has partnered with DIFF and Afridocs to provide both a news programme and documentaries from the festival. Russell Southwood spoke to Roberto Carletti, [ED] about how the partnership works.