The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Kenan Zim to Sign Online Deals With Local Musicians

FORMER Europe Sony Records vice president and Africori boss Yoel Kenan is in Zimbabwe to sign musicians who wish to have their music sold and distributed online. Kenan, who arrived in Harare last week, said the deal would see Zimbabwean musicians giving rights to Africori to upload music online and get 70 percent of the sales while the remainder goes to the company.

The first Zimbabwean artiste to be signed by Africori was "man of the moment" Sulumani Chimbetu.

Speaking after the meeting with Africori boss Sulu described the initiative as the best thing to ever happen to Zimbabwean music.

"I am in, I think it makes business sense, most Zimbabwean musicians get nothing from the record sales and yet their music is beign distributed online.

"We have a number of Zimbabweans living outside the country and this is going to be the legitimate way of accessing our music," he said.

The Africori boss said the company was dedicated to ensuring that its clients benefited from the best deals in the industry.

"We enable independent content owners to reach hundreds of outlets around the world with a comprehensive and unique technology platform that provides distribution and marketing services with efficiency, transparency, and control.

"Our business development team is continually seeking out the best new opportunities for online sales and signs new service deals regularly to expand the reach of your music to more fans around the world.

We bring together technical expertise in the digital music to create a digital distribution partner perfectly suited to guide artistes' business into the digital future.

The comprehensive and secure web application - the rightsholder dashboard - gives musicians complete control over their media and metadata. We speedily encode, transcode and deliver audio and video in dozens of formats," he said.

Kenan said he was hoping to sign as many artistes as possible and would also engage record labels to be given catalogue of yesteryear musicians so that their music could be found online. The company has offices in England, South Africa and Nigeria.

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