May 2016 theme: Women in music

The global music industry unfortunately remains a largely male-dominated one. Although female singers often front top bands or provide backing vocals to stars, the fairer sex has traditionally been poorly represented when it comes to playing instruments and largely excluded from senior positions in the industry (such as record label executives, producers, engineers, managers and promoters).

Gabon’s Arielle T and Zimbabwe’s Selmor Mtukudzi in studio. Photo: www.one.org
Gabon’s Arielle T and Zimbabwe’s Selmor Mtukudzi in studio. Photo: www.one.org

In Africa, women are slowly starting to take on a more prominent role in previously male-dominated fields within the industry, overcoming numerous obstacles on their way. For this reason we have chosen to focus on women as our theme for the month of May 2016. Music In Africa has compiled a selection of relevant reading: including overview texts on women in the music industries of Eritrea, Senegal and Nigeria, interesting features celebrating women making a difference in the African music sector, as well as news of initiatives aimed at promoting the role of women in music.

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