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This update provides a detailed analysis of all of South Africa's main music industry sectors.


  • South Africa is 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.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers all aspects of South Africa's music industry.
  • Focuses on music retail, live, royalty collections, and copyright protection.

Key questions answered

  • What is the biggest revenue generator for South African record companies?
  • Which music service in South Africa dominates digital sales at the moment?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Subscription gains unable to offset CD slump
  • Repertoire sales
  • Major record company dominance

Music retail

  • Musica the leading music retailer
  • Apple dominates digital sales
  • South Africa's mobile-music future

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Copyright law amendments
  • Royalty collections


  • Radio the most popular broadcast medium
  • Multichoice dominates well-developed digital TV sector


  • Measuring the South African live music sector


  • Methodology
  • Author

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