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South Africa is the Africa's biggest music market. Consumer spending on recorded music and live performance as well as royalty collections are significantly higher in the country than in any other market in the region.


  • Despite its geographic location, South Africa is more akin to a Western music market and has far more in common with many countries in Europe and North America than it does its closest neighbors.
  • While this means per-capita spending on music is high compared with other African countries, the same problems encountered in the developed world in the shift from physical formats to digital and, more recently, downloads to access, have been experienced in South Africa.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers all aspects of the South African music industry.
  • Analyzes recorded-music sales, record company market shares, royalty collections, and live music.

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded-music sales in South Africa is generated from streaming?
  • In what ways does South Africa resemble Western music markets?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Digital fails to offset physical format decline
  • Repertoire sales
  • Dominance of major record companies

Music retail

  • Musica increases CD album sales dominance
  • Streaming competition intensifies
  • South Africa's mobile music future

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Copyright law amendments
  • Royalty collections


  • Radio the most popular broadcast medium
  • Well-developed digital TV sector


  • Measuring the South African live music sector
  • Music tour funding


  • Methodology
  • Author

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