The global web operator Opera teamed up with Mdundo, an African music sharing platform, as part of an agreement that will allow its users to access, listen to and download free of charge the music listed on the platform.
Opera Mini web browser users will have access to music of different genres and artists from Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Opera Mini users will have access to Mdundo’s music library, which features the 100 most popular songs from each country. Opera Mini is a data-saving browser with around 100 million users worldwide.
“Mdundo has changed the way people listen to music on their smartphones. Now with Mdundo support in Opera Mini, music lovers can access a catalogue that includes the best local artists, the most popular songs in their country, and the fastest-growing independent local artist platform,” said Product Director of Opera Mini Africa, Michael Gray.
Opera plans to use this partnership to extend the functionality of its browser. Mdundo is a music streaming service in Africa founded in Kenya six years ago and offers the largest catalogs of independent African artists. The platform allows musicians to easily download their songs, manage their catalog and market their music themselves.
“We love when African artists create new songs or produce new albums, and at Mdundo we are taking the side of the artists. At Mdundo we enable artists to keep track of their fans and we split the revenue generated from the site fairly with the artists,” said Martin Nielsen, Mdundo’s chief executive.