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Universal Music Group signs licensing deal with Mdundo A/S has signed a licensing agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG) that will increase the Universal Music Africa’s (UMA’s) reach within the African market.

Sipho Dlamini, CEO of Universal Music South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa

According to UMG, the deal is in line with Mdundo’s ambitions for rapid market growth across the continent and will strengthen its music offering for fans by giving them access to the world’s most comprehensive music catalog. “The deal covers key African territories,” UMG said.

Mdundo CEO, Martin Møller Nielsen explains, “Our focus is to provide a relevant service to the hundreds of millions of potential users in Africa that are getting online. In recent years, has reported explosive growth, from 5 million monthly users in June 2020 to an expected 19-20 million monthly active users in June 2022 and a +225% growth in revenue for the year ending June 2022. As the leading music company globally, we are extremely pleased to work with Universal Music within Africa towards our vision of providing Africa with an easy and legal solution to accessing music that fits the local consumers”.

With over 17 million active monthly users across Africa, Mdundo has grown significantly in Nigeria, with additional growth occurring in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana. In the past year, the music service has announced partnerships with top telecommunications firms like Vodacom Tanzania, MTN Nigeria, and Airtel Nigeria, while it primarily focused on securing music rights for local African catalogs.

Over the past decade, UMA has also expanded and grown its reach on the continent and has two established regional headquarters facilities in Africa – in Johannesburg, South Africa and Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire – with additional offices in Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Kenya, and Morocco.

UMG has also launched a series of labels dedicated to supporting the continent’s rich talents, including Def Jam Africa, Blue Note Africa and Motown Gospel Africa. UMG is committed to helping build out the continent’s entire music ecosystem, helping artists succeed locally and regionally, whilst also introducing African music culture and content to new audiences around the world.

Ulrik Cahn, UMG’s Executive Vice President for Africa, the Middle East and Asia (AMEA) region said, “Martin and his team have built an impressive platform for African artists, and we look forward to working together to expand the footprint for our African and international talent within the continent.”

Sipho Dlamini, CEO of Universal Music South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa said, “We welcome Mdundo as a partner, and are excited for more fans across Africa to have greater access to some of Africa’s most exciting musical talent, as well as UMG’s unrivaled catalog of international artists.”

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