Boomplay, a Spotify-style music and video streaming service for African music and Africa, raises $20M

While Spotify dukes it out with Apple and other big tech names to target high-end users in mostly developed markets, a startup out of China has raised some money to expand its music streaming business in the massive but still nascent market of Africa. Boomplay, a service founded by Transsnet — a joint venture between Chinese phone maker Transsion and Chinese consumer apps giant NetEase — has raised $20 million in outside funding as it looks to break into more sub-Saharan countries and continue to build up its database of music tracks. The company currently has some 5 million music tracks and videos on its platform — with a huge emphasis on African artists — with 42 million monthly active …

As the credits roll on Algerias dictator, a timely reminder of why history must not be repeated

The screening of a 1966 film about their countrys bitter colonial conflict has seen Algerians unite in peaceful protest More than half a century since it was released and promptly banned by French authorities The Battle of Algiers, depicting the bloody struggle for Algerias independence from France in 1962, still has the power to shock. On Friday night, the black-and-white, 1966 film relating Algerian anti-colonial guerrilla warfare and its brutal repression by the French military was screened in Paris. London-based musical activists Paris-Londres Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific