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South Africa is the biggest music market in Africa. Recorded music sales, royalty collections, and spending on live music events are higher there than any other market in the region.


  • According to figures provided to Ovum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), trade revenue fell 15.4% in 2013, to ZAR540.9m ($56.3m), from ZAR639.4m in 2012.

Features and Benefits

  • The report provides a detailed study of all aspects of the South African music industry.
  • The report covers recorded music, music retail, intellectual property rights, broadcasting, and live music.

Key questions answered

  • How big is South Africa's recorded music sector?
  • Where are the growth sectors in the South African music industry?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Digital transition spells market contraction
  • Repertoire sales
  • Major record companies are dominant

Music retail

  • Musica dominates CD album sales
  • Download sales dominated by iTunes
  • International services lead the streaming charge
  • South Africa’s mobile music future

Copyright protection

  • Controlling physical format piracy
  • Copyright law amendments
  • Royalty collections


  • Radio is the biggest broadcast medium
  • Well-developed digital TV sector


  • Mapping the South African live music scene


  • Methodology
  • Author

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