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International symposium examines how Africa’s music industry is faring in the global marketplace

Centre International de Recherche et de Documentation sur les Traditions et les Langues Africaines (CERDOTOLA) presented an international symposium in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on November 15 and 16, 2012, to explore how Africa’s music industry is faring in today’s global marketplace.

The international initiative attracted some 50 music industry experts from nine African and European countries (South Africa, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, France, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania) as well as representatives from three nongovernmental organizations (African Council of Music (ACM), International Council for Music (ICM), and Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA)).

Symposium discussions and conclusions focused primarily on the following needs:

  • To implement policies that will improve access to African culture-related products in world markets;
  • To better educate various stakeholders in the music industry production chain;
  • To combat piracy;
  • To develop networks of experts in the African music industry;
  • To document best experiences in the music industry;
  • To motivate those who are able to provide support and sponsorship;
  • To promote self-financing capabilities;
  • To develop use of new technologies without losing sight of production methods traditionally found in the continent’s markets and festivals.


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