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How East African Musicians Are Making Money Today

We speak with star artists and music industry professionals to find out how monetization sources are changing in East Africa.

As the world continues to embrace technology, and with the current state of quarantine in so many countries, musicians are in a constant search for new and better streams of income. In East Africa, artists and companies are looking to tap into a tech-savvy, smartphone-connected population of around 537 million people through several pathways.

Ahead of the MIDEM digital panel conversation on Reinventing Monetisation Sources in East Africa, which we will be moderating, we spoke with the panelists: Tanzanian star Vanessa Mdee, TRACE TV's Head of Music Business East & Anglophone Africa and Swahili nation Founder Cleopatra Mukula, and Mdundo's Chief Operating Officer Wanjiku Koinange, and also hear from insider voices like Nairobi-based Camille Storm to get their takes on income options for artists in East Africa.

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The first edition of the urban beach festival—featuring Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, and many more—looked incredible.

Afro Nation had its very first edition over the weekend in the Algarve region of Portugal.

The newly-launched gathering brought together top talent from across Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica, the U.K. and the U.S. for a 4-day long "urban beach festival."

Over its several days and nights, Afro Nation brought together afrobeats' rising stars with cemented legends for an impressive line-up.

The debut edition of Afro Nation boasted performances form the likes of Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, J Hus, D'Banj, Busy Signal, Buju Banton, Femi Kuti, Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Jidenna, Maleek Berry, Stonebwoy, Vanessa Mdee, and many more.

If you missed the action we've got some of the best moments and pictures from the debut Afro Nation festival below.

Afro Nation will be hosting a festival in Lagoma Beach in Accra, Ghana in December 27-30. Get more info on Afro Nation Ghana here.

See some highlights from the first ever Afro Nation festival below.

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