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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Digital music distribution in Nigeria/How PayPal stands in the way of the independent artist







Imagine the excitement that comes with finally getting your own songs on the record—you want them on popular stores like iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Spinlet, and Google play etc. The goal is to get your music everywhere, you want to get paid! But you are a Nigerian who lives in Nigeria and a PayPal account with Send-Only capabilities is what you get.

The first problem I encountered when I decided to have my music distributed online to streaming services like Spotify ( Spotify and Pandora are not even available in Nigeria) was the annoying issue with PayPal. Most digital distributors only use PayPal for transactions.


To find out if there are other means to receive funds from different online distributors, I signed up for Band Camp (an online music store/site that showcases artist/profiles, forums and also distributes music) to get my music distributed, but Bandcamp operates exclusively using PayPal. Sad, So... I left Band Camp alone! I found another distributor called Distrokid whose fee to distribute Albums, Ep, and singles to various online music streaming and download stores were attractive and considerate but, your guess is as good as mine.

After having the same problem with Tune Core ( restrictions on Nigerian  PayPal) I went on a search for local alternatives.

Below are Nigerian or domiciled digital music distribution companies that would pay your revenues into your local bank account.

Spinlet


Africori: 

Freeme Digital 

Don’t go uploading your whole album/albums on SoundCloud/Reverbnation and blogs when you can sell it online first...just saying. For promotion purposes, you could upload some samples or few free songs on sites that do not pay you when your music gets played or downloaded but let the people who appreciate your music buy it. SELL IT.

Feel free to add more information to this in the comment section below!
Do you distribute music digitally around the world to online stores and streaming sites?  Tell us better ways Nigerians in Nigeria can distribute music without the hassles of using PayPal. 









19 comments:

  1. we dnt have a culture of buying music here, especially for makers of alternative music like me. The best options are really those international platforms....dey already have dat culture of buying music

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    1. True that, but still have it on the Nigerian sites for publicity purposes!

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    2. True that, but still have it on the Nigerian sites for publicity purposes!

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  3. Thanks for sharing the information.To watch latest nigerian music videos visit Nigerian Online Music

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  4. Great content. Visit www.afromixx.com to download best of Nigerian mixtapes and songs.

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  5. Heard of TheGbedu Distribution? A friend told me about them. They are new and different. There pricing too is cheap. What do you think?

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    1. I will look at that, i already signed with Africori. Thank you!

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  6. this is a great one, thanks for shearing this post.

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  7. Hello, How is Africori distributor like. Never heard of them before now.

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    1. Hey, click on the Africori link in the post or check them out at africori.com

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  8. Distribute your music to mtn music plus , Tecno Boom play music, Itunes, Spotify and others. Contact me on +2348162124564

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  9. Distribute your music on Spotify, Deezer, MePlaylist with www.TuneAfrique.com

    Do It Yourself and get paid in you local bank account in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

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  10. Nice one bro you are on very much on point bro. We equally have such a post on
    https://www.abesija.com/2018/08/top-websites-to-promote-songs-for-free.html . One love.

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