LyricFind has entered a deal with South African mechanical rights organization Composers, Authors and Publishers Association (or CAPASSO). The blanket deal will see songs fully licensed and monetized by LyricFind’s lyric licensing platform across 38 countries in Africa. The agreement also covers legal lyric translations into and from African dialects.
The countries covered in the deal are Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina-Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congafrio, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
“I am pleased that this deal has finally been closed because global income for lyrics is on the rise and it is now an important part of the Songwriter and Publisher’s revenue streams,” said David Alexander, a board member of the South African Mechanical Rights Organization.
Global music companies have been slowly bringing their services to African countries. Universal Music Group licensed its library to African streaming service Boomplay Music this November, and Warner Music Group signed a licensing deal with Mdundo last November.