Glasgow Graduate From Malawi Launches Mvelani Music Sharing Service for Southern Africa Artists

GLASGOW graduate Dumisani Kapanga launches first music streaming platform for Malawi to feature African performers.

Dumisani Kapanga launched Mvelani to introduce music and artists from throughout southern Africa

Dumisani Kapanga launched Mvelani to introduce music and artists from throughout southern Africa

A MALAWI-born entrepreneur who studied at two Glasgow universities has launched the African nation’s first music streaming platform.

Mvelani was developed by 29-year-old Dumisani Kapanga and launched in the last few days to introduce music and artists from throughout southern Africa.

Now working at an international bank in London, Mr Kapanga came to Scotland in 2003 for studies at Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde universities.

The site – which means “listen” in the national language of Chichewa – is aimed at allowing fans at home and abroad to discover music that isn’t otherwise available in mainstream channels.

Mr Kapanga said: “This project is extremely personal to me as the idea for the site originated through my own frustration at being unable to find music from home online. I hated having to constantly rely on asking my family to send it on to me and keep me up to date.

“I knew I couldn’t be the only person in this situation and so I came up with a way I could help make it easier for others. I also realised there was great potential for introducing the talented artists of my home country to a new international audience.”

Mvelani already holds more than 700 tracks from 71 artists across old and new music, and recorded more than 50,000 minutes of listening time in just their first four days.

Mr Kapanga added: “I am surprised the idea hasn’t been tried already but I am delighted with its success so far.

“The site already hosts the biggest concentration of Malawi music in the same place online and interest from artists wishing to add their tracks is growing.

“It’s my dream to cultivate the site into the largest music catalogue of its type and to have every song recorded or produced from southern African artists available for download or streaming online and on mobile.”

Mr Kapanga is working with the Malawian authorities as the site grows to establish the chance for featured acts to receive payment per play, similar to larger music sharing platforms such as Spotify.

Source: Tristan Stewart-Robertson|

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