Senegal is home to the first African homegrown platform for music downloads legally. The platform, MusikBi was launched in Senegal to promote African artists, pay them properly and for the fight against cyber piracy.
According to the project developer while speaking at the launch yesterday, Moustapha Diop, the name MusikBi was derived from the word for music in Wolof, a language which is reportedly widely spoken in Senegal and Gambia.
Information also available on the internet indicates that songs on the platform are expected to cost between 300 and 500 CFA Francs, it is also reported that users can download the songs on the mobile phone using credit and bank cards if available.
He lamented the high incidence of music piracy in the continent while highlighting how artists cannot live comfortably by the proceeds of their work. He called on for support for the platform as it offers a chance for promotion and a source of income.
According to the statement released by Siop, which is Diop’s company, “It is the first platform of its kind enabling music downloads by text or PayPal.”
We expect that by the time this platform grows beyond the borders of Senegal, it will be well embraced by citizens of the African continent.