Mdundo Makes Waves with Unprecedented Artist Payout for 2023/2024


Written By: Branice Nafula

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In a continuous move towards empowering African musicians and promoting fair compensation in the music industry, a leading digital music distribution platform has announced a remarkable projection of a substantial payout totalling between $1.2 to $1.5 million for the 2023/2024 period. is proud to boast of a diverse and extensive roster of over 172,000 content providers, reaffirming its status as the premier platform for music discovery throughout the African continent. Collaborating with esteemed labels across Africa, Mdundo guarantees its 30.8 million monthly active users as of December 2023 access to a wide array of music spanning different genres, styles, and regions.

The innovative payment system implemented by Mdundo has benefitted approximately 156,000 artists in the 2023/2024 period, with a detailed breakdown revealing the distribution across various African countries.

The total amount payable to the content providers  in this period on Mdundo is broken down as follows:

Kenya: 44% for  56,000 active artists 

Tanzania: 19% for 15,200 active artists 

Nigeria: 17% for 25,000 active artists

South Africa: 7% for 7,500 active artists

Uganda: 6% for 19,800 active artists

Ghana: 6% for 6,900 active artists

Read also: Top 5 Kalenjin Mixes to Download on Mdundo

In addition, we have also seen a growth in payment for some major artists in East Africa including Kenya’s Vijana Barubaru at 68%, Tanzania’s Bonny Mwaitege at 64%, and Uganda’s Levixone at 70%.

Wanjiku Koinange, Head of Music & Licencing at Mdundo, emphasised the platform's commitment to empowering African artists, stating, "Our belief extends beyond mere musical creations; we are dedicated to nurturing the essence of African music. The Artist Royalty Payment Program at Mdundo is evidence of our pledge to empower artists, ensuring their voices are heard, and their earnings well-deserved."

"Afrisauti is proud to join forces with Mdundo in rewriting the melody of artist support. As partners, we are harmonizing our efforts to ensure that every musical note translates into tangible success for the creators. Mdundo is not just a platform; it's a stage for transformative change." Mutinda Boniface CEO Afrisauti

Mdundo's impact on the African music landscape extends further with strategic partnerships aimed at expanding artists' reach and monetisation opportunities. 

Another highlight is our collaboration with Kenya's major telecommunications company, Safaricom, introduced in December 2023. This partnership introduced a subscription service exclusive to Safaricom customers, offering DJ Mixes at Ksh5 per day. The collaborations aim to boost the monetization of music for artists, providing a consistent income stream, and supporting sustainable music careers.

As Mdundo looks ahead, the Artist Royalty Payment Program remains a beacon of hope for musicians across Africa. Mdundo's commitment to fair compensation, strategic partnerships, and innovative approaches paints a promising picture of the future of the music industry on the continent. 

Read: Mdundo Expands Hyperlocal Music Reach To the Kalenjin Region

About is Africa's leading pan-African music service, dedicated to providing music easily and legally across Africa. With a vast library of African songs, curated playlists and a focus on low internet usage, is redefining the way people discover, listen to, and engage with African music. 

Currently, over 145,000 artists have accounts with, showcasing the platform's commitment to supporting local talent and driving the music industry forward.

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