Nigeria-based music distribution company Freeme Digital is launching a new platform called Freeme+ to provide A&R, marketing, sync licensing and publishing services for independent African rightsholders.
The platform will operate under Freeme Digital’s new premium label services and distribution arm Freeme Music, working in tandem with the company’s other divisions — Freeme TV, The Freeme Space and FM Publishing.
The company says that Freeme+ is designed to identify and support the most promising African independent artists and labels with investment and deeper levels of support.
Successful applicants will be provided with free distribution to all DSPs locally and globally, with a dedicated team managing artist accounts and delivering marketing campaigns for their releases.
The first signings to Freeme+ are sibling duo The Cavemen, Nigerian comedy legend Basketmouth and up-and-coming artist NINETY.
The Cavemen have accumulated more than 10m worldwide streams via Freeme since opening for the Big Brother Naija Grand Finale show in September 2020.
Meanwhile, Basketmouth’s soundtrack album Yabasi has been streamed more than 15m times since its release in November 2020.
Freeme Music has also partnered and integrated with Revelator – a provider of distribution and data services with offices in the UK, US and Israel – to power its digital distribution and data management dashboard, KORA.
This was designed specifically for the African market with a mobile-first operating system.
As well as enabling track upload from mobile, the new platform integrates with local mobile payment partners.
“As the pace around the world picks up for African music, Freeme Music and Freeme+ will be at the forefront of finding new artists and future global stars.”
Michael Ugwu, Freeme Digital
Michael Ugwu founder and CEO of Freeme Digital, former General Manager of Sony West Africa and current Merlin board member said: “As the pace around the world picks up for African music, Freeme Music and Freeme+ will be at the forefront of finding new artists and future global stars from the continent and bringing them to worldwide recognition and success.”
“Revelator enthusiastically looks forward to deepening its partnership with Freeme in their new ventures.”
Bruno Guez, Revelator
Bruno Guez, founder and CEO of Revelator added: “Revelator enthusiastically looks forward to deepening its partnership with Freeme in their new ventures.
“We are proud to be providing the protocols, platforms and management systems that will help and support new and established African artists realise their full potential on both the local and international stage.”Music Business Worldwide