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Introduction

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Broadcasting

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

Live

  • Mapping the South African live music scene

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author

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