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Akon To Buy 50% Of African Music Download Service

Senegalese-American singer Akon has announced  he would purchase 50 per cent of African music download service Musik Bi, as the platform struggles to gain a foothold after its launch 18 months ago.

Africa's first home-grown platform for legal music downloads, Musik Bi launched in Senegal in February 2016 with a mission to promote African artists, pay them properly, and fight internet piracy.

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Akon announced in Dakar yesterday that he would become the majority shareholder in the service, describing Musik Bi as "the platform of the future".