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TIDAL Is Launching in Africa Through a Partnership with MTN

The streaming platform will start in Uganda before it's rolled out to Nigeria and the rest of the continent.

TIDAL, the streaming site founded by Jay-Z, recently launched in the continent. The first country to get TIDAL is Uganda through the country's largest mobile network, MTN.

Nigeria will be the next country in which the streaming service will be rolled out to. The rest of the continent, especially countries in which MTN operates, will come next.


MTN's Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Prentout told Quartz yesterday:

"Uganda offers an opportunity to not only provide this exclusive entertainment content to a youthful population in partnership with MTN Uganda but also builds a long term approach to improving opportunities with its young and talented artists."

A TIDAL subscription will be available to MTN users as part of their subscription package and will be paid for using MTN money. Customers will have a choice of how long their membership on TIDAL will be. The options available are three, seven and 30 days after a free trial.

International streaming sites are steadily tapping into the African market. Apple Music launched in South African in 2015, while Spotify launched in March of this year.

The biggest challenge to streaming in the continent is the high price of bandwidth. So, hopefully TIDAL collaborating with MTN means we will pay less for data to stream the music we love.

Read: Black Coffee is Creating a Streaming App for African Artists Shut Out of the Music Industry

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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