The most popular mobile browser and music service to provide free downloadable music in nine African countries.
Opera and Mdundo, a leading African music sharing platform, has announced that Opera Mini users can now, for free, listen to and download their favourite songs from the most recognized artists in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Through this partnership, Opera seeks to expand the functionalities of Opera Mini and bring African music fans closer to their favourite songs.
“Mdundo has changed the way people listen to music on their smartphones,” said Michael Gray, Product Director of Opera Mini Africa. “Now with Mdundo support in Opera Mini, music fans can access a music catalogue that includes the best local artists, the most popular songs in their country, and the fastest-growing independent local artist platform.”
“The Opera Mini browser is among the most popular browsers in Africa,'' said Martin Nielsen, CEO Mdundo. “Through this partnership, we are expanding the reach of our popular music service to make it even easier to use.”
Opera Mini is a popular and fast lightweight browser used by more than 100 million people around the world. Its success builds upon its great ability to speed up browsing while also saving up to 90% of data when browsing with its unique compression feature enabled.
Opera Mini users can start listening to their favourite music with Mdundo as soon as they open the browser, with Mdundo displaying the 100 most popular songs in the country according to the geographical location of the user. This lets users switch between music and news faster and easier.
With Opera Mini and Mdundo, users can decide between streaming music or download their favourite songs. Thanks to the hybrid advertising model of Mdundo, users can download their favourite songs for free. Those who choose to download music through Opera Mini will also benefit from the file-sharing feature capabilities of the browser, as they will be able to share music at no data cost.
Supporting local African artists
Mdundo became one of the leading streaming music services in Africa after its release in Kenya in 2013. The music platform has one of the largest catalogues of independent African artists, who can easily upload their songs to Mdundo’s platform, manage their catalogue and commercialize their music themselves. Additionally, they become part of the fastest growing online music catalogue of independent artists in Africa.
“We love when African artists create new songs or produce new albums, and at Mdundo we are taking the side of the artists,” said Martin Nielsen, CEO of Mdudno. “At Mdundo we enable artists to keep track of their fans and we split the revenue generated from the site fairly with the artists.”
“With the inclusion of Mdundo’s music catalogue in Opera Mini, African artists will also increase their chances of being discovered among the massive Opera Mini user base in Africa,” continued Martin Nielsen, CEO Mdundo. “This will bring them more streams, more downloads, and the opportunity to get new fans”.
Finally, Opera Mini users who choose to listen to their favourite music through Mdundo’s music catalogue can be sure that they will be supporting their favourite artists. This means that songwriters, recording artists, producers, and publishers, will be able to continue working and producing the music that people love the most.
Opera is a global web innovator. Opera’s browsers, news products and fintech solutions are the trusted choice of more than 350 million people worldwide. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA).
Mdundo is Africa’s leading mobile-web based music service providing music lovers in Africa with easy access to music. The company works directly with thousands of musicians across Africa and has license agreements major international music companies.