Spotify for Africa? Senegal launches homegrown music download service

(CNN)Music fans in Senegal can now access their favorite songs at the touch of a fingertip thanks to a brand new service.

MusikBi, which bills itself as the first legal music sales platform in Africa, allows customers to buy songs by sending an SMS with the code of their chosen song. An account is automatically created, and users receive a download link via text message.
Developers say MusikBi - which means "music" in the Wolof language widely spoken in Senegal and neighbouring Gambia - was created with the aim to promote local artists, help them get properly paid for their work, and protect them from widespread piracy.
"The idea came because there was a very big need from artists for a way to show their music," says Moustapha Diop, CEO of Solid, the Dakar-based IT company which launched the service.