Africa’s Boomplay announces licensing deal with Warner Music

The partnership will allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s to its listeners in ten countries. [Photo: Courtesy]
NAIROBI, KENYA: Boomplay, the largest music streaming and download service in Africa, has signed a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the record company’s diverse global roster of music to the region.

The terms of the partnership allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s extensive catalogue of more than one million songs to its community of listeners in ten countries: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The deal will provide Warner Music’s artists with direct access and exposure to Boomplay’s millions of users in the region, while bringing Boomplay one step closer to its goal of bringing all music from around the world to Africa.

“Major deals with internationally recognised partners such as Warner Music continue to push us closer to our aim of building the largest and the most reliable online music distribution platform in Africa. We want every music lover in the region to be able to access any song or video, anytime and wherever they are. We are looking forward to a successful partnership and business continuation with WMG in what are truly exciting times for the African Music Industry,” Joe He, CEO of Boomplay said.

Martha Huro, Boomplay‘s General Manager in Kenya said, ‘’We are extremely excited about this new partnership and the possibilities it will inevitably offer. We continue to work towards bringing the most enhanced and extensive music catalogue to the Boomplay Users in Kenya and beyond.’’

Alfonso Perez Soto, EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Warner Music said the company was happy to partner with Boomplay to bring artists’ music to millions of listeners across Africa.

“The streaming service already has tremendous reach across the continent, yet they continue to expand exponentially. It’s an opportunity that can’t be missed for our artists to make a whole new legion of fans.” He said.

Soto thanked Warner Music’s Charlie White, Marc Latilla and Reni Adadevoh for their unstinting support in helping pull the deal together and get it over the line.

“In the past year, Boomplay has been on the crest of a wave, announcing landmark deals with global major labels, acquiring millions of new users monthly and releasing an iOS version in December 2018,” he said.

With major labels coming on board, Boomplay is now in a strong position to further improve its service offerings and defend its leading position in Africa. Boomplay, which has more than 42 million users as of February 2019, boasts an expansive catalogue consisting of five million songs and thousands of videos from local and international acts.

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