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Hosted by California based Fashion & Entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok, The Africa Music Law show provides legal and business commentary and analysis on hot topics in pop culture affecting the fashion and entertainment industries. The show has a focus on empowering African artists and other creative talents. Africa Music Law, your #1 go to destination for celebrity legal drama, music business and industry news.
 
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The "Afrobeats" industry has had a phenomenal year with African artists collaborating with each other and western artists to deliver back-to-back hits; all leading to global dominance. On the 169th episode of The Africa Music Law Show, Ms. Uduak (host, producer and a fashion and entertainment lawyer), breaks down the genre's exciting trajectory and…
 
On the 168th episode of The Africa Music Law, Ms. Uduak (host, producer, and a fashion and entertainment lawyer), takes on some of the key and latest music business and entertainment law news. TOPICS Davido x Puma Brand Ambassador deal. MoAbudu x 50 Cent x Starz deal. Boomplay x Merlin licensing deal. Shizzi v. Teni alleged copyright infringement. …
 
On the 167th episode of The Africa Music Law, Ms. Uduak (host, producer and a fashion and entertainment lawyer), takes on latest and highly talked about courtroom battles in the entertainment industry: Kanye West's Yeezy v. Walmart Inc. and Miramax v. Tarantino NFT lawsuits. Other topics covered include South African musician Charmza The DJ's threa…
 
On the 166th episode of The Africa Music Law, Ms. Uduak (host, producer and a fashion and entertainment lawyer), takes on the Astroworld festival tragedy and the lawsuits filed against defendants Apple, Travis Scott, Drake Live Nation, among others. The tragedy involved the death of at least nine attendees, over 300 persons injured, and at least 23…
 
It's the inaugural launch of 'The Africa Music Law Superfan Lounge' where some of AML's superfans Entertainment lawyers Fawehinmi "Foza" Oyinkansola and Iredumare Opeyemi join host and producer Ms. Uduak (also a fashion and entertainment lawyer) to talk life, law practice, and the global entertainment business with a focus on Africa's entertainment…
 
Hollywood producer Gary W. Goldstein, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and is recognized for his blockbuster movies such as Pretty Woman and Under Seige, joins Ms. Uduak, host and producer of The Africa Music Law Show, on the 159th episode to talk about the business of filmmaking, life's philosophy and finding success i…
 
Ms. Uduak, host and producer of The Africa Music Law Show, breaks down, on the 158th episode, the latest music business and entertainment law news in Africa's entertainment industry. Topics include Wizkid & Tems "Essence" continued global dominance, Drake taking billboard ads in Lagos to announce Tems will be on his new album, Annie Idibia v. 2 Bab…
 
Top media executive Fentselite joins Ms. Uduak, host of The Africa Music Law Show, on the 157th episode for a 1:1 interview to discuss his successful career journey, making a decision to leave one of the top radio stations he worked for at the height of his career, his new tech start-up 'My Sports Book' which is Africa's first and only sports engag…
 
Actor, filmmaker, and spoken word poet David Bianchi, Join Ms. Uduak, host of The Africa Music Law Show, on the 155th episode for a 1:1 interview to discuss his latest project "The Modern Day-Minstrel" and the successful sale of his art works through NFTs. He also drops gems on NFTs, how they work and how all creators (musicians, filmmakers, etc.) …
 
Filmmaker David E. Valdez joins Ms. Uduak, host of The Africa Music Law Show, on the 154th episode for a 1:1 interview to discuss his latest project Los Changuitos Feos aka "The Ugly Little Monkeys." It's a story about how seven Mexican boys in Tucson, Arizona formed a band that helped take and elevate Mariachi music to a global status.…
 
Ms. Uduak, host of The Africa Music Law Show, takes on the hot topic of cultural misappropriation where western brand owners profit through the trademark registration and monetization of African names. The 153rd episode specifically discusses UK retailers trademarking "Yoruba", the name of an ethnic group in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa..…
 
Emem Ema is an artist turned lawyer and now music manager and business owner. She is also the founder and CEO of One Management, a talent and creative management agency in Nigeria managing creatives in music, film, television, theater, sports, and tech. One Management, since its inception, has worked with over 60 clients from diverse industries, he…
 
Artists Jay Trigga, Leo Wonder and media personality Sheifunmi, and entertainment lawyer Iredumare Opeyemi, and Leo Wonder and Jay Trigga join Ms. Uduak, Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer and host of The Africa Music Law Show, on the 150th episode to discuss mental health and substance abuse in the Afrobeats music industry.…
 
Ms. Uduak, host of The Africa Music Law Show, is joined by her esteemed guests: Negus Alemu and Leyla Konjo for a discussion on the business of music in Ethiopia. Negus is the Founder and CEO of Royal Festival, Negus Way, and Negus Entertainment and has produced events in the Caribbean and across the African continent with his largest event having …
 
Music Executive and Lawyer Temi Adeniji is a guest on the 147th episode of The Africa Music Law Show with host Ms. Uduak. Temi Adeniji has been appointed to the combined role of Managing Director of Warner Music South Africa and SVP, Strategy, Sub-Saharan Africa. Adeniji will assume this position in September, reporting to Alfonso Perez-Soto, EVP, …
 
Joy Tongo (U.S Manager and Booking Agent representing Yemi Alade and Rude Boy), and Nigerian hip-hop artists Eva Alordiah and Weird Mc; join Africa Music Law Show host, Ms. Uduak, on the 146th episode to discuss “Women in “Afrobeats” Music.” The panelists address the state of women in the “Afrobeats” music genre, challenges that prevent women from …
 
Africa’s Music Industry heavyweights from across the continent gather for this informative roundtable to discuss Burna Boy and Wizkid’s recent Grammy wins, western major labels’ continued expansion into the continent, global licensing deals, and what it all means for Africa’s music industry, among other topics. They are also joined by a few “Afrobe…
 
This is a throwback LIVE STREAM panel now in podcast format with a few leading human rights lawyers (Funke Adeoye and Osai Ojigho) in Nigeria at the front lines of the battle to end police brutality in Nigeria. Host Ms. Uduak and the panelists dive straight into the facts leading up to the #Endsars protests, the realities of the criminal justice sy…
 
Too often, there is much discussion about Africa and its exploding music industry, with the exception of North Africa. The 142nd episode of The Africa Music Law Show begins to put a stop to that with its first-ever AML Middle East/North Africa Music Business Roundtable. Hosted by Ms. Uduak, producer of the show, and along … The post AML142: The Bus…
 
Angela “Camille Storm” Kariuki, (Guest) is the founder of Camille & Co. Distro, a distribution company that brings an efficient digital music distribution and marketing platform to emerging and established artists in Africa. C&C Distro is partnered with some of the major digital stores internationally including Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Audioma…
 
A few months ago, the African Diaspora’s business and entertainment communities were rocked when Black women at Okay Africa and Essence Magazine accused the CEOs, Abiola Oke and Richelieu Dennis, respectively, of inappropriate behavior, and labor and employment law violations including sexual harassment. The allegations were extensive and went vira…
 
A panel of industry insiders break down Beyonce’s Black is King (BIK) musical and visual album from the angle of the business of African fashion, music, and artist royalties. (Edited version) Guests Elfonnie Anusionwu: Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Style Rave, one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and fashion platforms in the Diaspora. Eji Benson: Cr…
 
Adesoga Titilayo, (Guest) is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Royalties, Ledgers & Reports Limited where she has devoted over ninety(90) percent of her practice to creative accounting and finance for the last three years. She has extensive knowledge of finance and royalty analysis and is a graduate of Accounting at Babcock University.…
 
Leyla Konjo, (Guest) Born in Ethiopia to a very entrepreneurial family, Leyla Konjo always knew she would have her own business. Leyla herself enjoyed the arts and was a performer in her local city’s Cirque du Soleil like circus shows. However, little did she know that her passion for business would result, after migrating to … The post AML 137: Me…
 
Cherie Hu (Guest) is an award-winning music writer and researcher, passionate about propelling innovation in the music industry using a combination of in-depth business acumen and data-driven storytelling. She takes a particular interest in how emerging music markets, technologies, leaders, and taste makers make their dent in the status quo. In add…
 
Bond Stanley Ebigbo, (Guest) is the founder of Grounded Promotions and a seasoned artist manager responsible for guiding the professional careers of Nigeria’s leading artists including hip-hop artist Phyno. Ebigbo, for example, guided Phyno’s career from 0 to over 10 million combined fan base on social networks (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapch…
 
#Throwback podcast epsiode from the archives of AML. Is Tiwa Savage gambling her career away? Nigerian artist Tiwa Savage releases a controversial music video titled ‘Wanted’ that has fans reacting with a strong backlash towards her. We discuss and offer tips on how artists can avoid gambling their careers away.…
 
Peter Lentini, a trailblazer, influencer and household name among the African Diaspora in the United States, especially in California, joins host of the Africa Music Law, Ms. Uduak, on the 134th episode to discuss how to build diverse streams of income to handle life’s seasons. It’s a must-listen and must-share interview. Listen, enjoy and share. ……
 
This concludes our three-part series with Isioma Idigbe, a top entertainment lawyer in Nigeria on the business of entertainment. In this 133rd episode, Ms. Uduak, founder and host of the Africa Music Law Podcast Show, addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, and then continues with her interview with Isioma. In the interview, Isioma shares her insights on …
 
We continue to part two of our three-part series with Isioma Idigbe, a top entertainment lawyer in Nigeria who is known for filing a historic copyright infringement lawsuit against top Filmmaker Omoni Oboli for the movie ‘Okafor’s Law’ and top movie distributor, Film House Cinema. Her suit and the injunction she obtained to temporarily shut … The p…
 
On Friday, March 24, 2017, a large audience gathered for the premiere of Filmmaker Omoni Oboli’s movie ‘Okafor’s Law’ at the Film House Cinema in Lekki Lagos. The event, however, came to a screeching halt because Isioma obtained an injunction, ex-parte (on an emergency basis), and put a stop to the premiere. That moment was so monumental … The post…
 
Oye Akideinde (Oye) (Guest) is a media, tech and entertainment executive with over 20+ years experience in primarily the media, entertainment, technology, consumer goods, eBusiness, financial, and digital sectors. Currently, he is the General Manager (GM) for ‘Music Services’ for the MTN Group, a multinational mobile telecommunications company, ope…
 
Bez Idakula was born into music. As a young musician and performer, Bez began fine-tuning his sound, drawing inspiration from various genres. Indeed, African beats, hip hop, soul and jazz unified to enrich his music, giving life to a new genre, alternative soul. His sound gained momentum to a wider audience and in 2009/2010 he … The post AML 129: B…
 
Abiodun “Bizzle” Osikoya is a self-proclaimed artist helper, talent developer, respected A&R, music business consultant, digital marketer and co-founder of The Plug, Africa’s leading talent management agency with diverse music services including licensing, distribution and event productions. He has worked with some of Africa’s leading global musici…
 
Is Beyonce Africa’s music industry’s savior? What’s going on with Wizkid’s career? Why hasn’t he dropped an album since 2017? Has Burna Boy finally proved he is an African Giant? Did the jury get it right with its $2.8 million verdict against Katy Perry for infringing on Flame’s ‘Joyful Noise’ song? Was it necessary for … The post AML 127: Beyonce’…
 
I had the pleasure of attending AML super fan Iredumare (Ire) Opeyemi’s panel session held on May 6, 2019, at the Music Biz 2019 conference in Nashville, produced by the Music Business Association. If you have been following this blog and podcast for a while, then you know seven years ago, Ire stumbled on the … The post AML 126: The Third Wave: Sur…
 
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) releases an annual report that provides a comprehensive state of the global recorded music industry, which includes data and analysis. However, historically, Africa has not appeared on the radar of this report. In 2016, it did. IFPI gave a nod to the recorded music market in … The pos…
 
Last month, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced they were bringing a pro league to Africa, The Basketball African League. According to the duo, the initial plan is for a 12-team league from across the continent to begin playing in January 2020. To create awareness for the new league…
 
Music streaming and artist royalties are at the forefront of conversations in the global music industry. On the 123rd episode of the Africa Music Law Show, Graeme Gilfillan (copyright lawyer and forensic expert) and Iredumare Opeyemi (Director of Legal and Content Acquisition at Boom Play Music) join Ms. Uduak, host and producer of the show … The p…
 
On the 122nd episode of The Africa Music Law Podcast show, Lydia Agu of New York-based The Agu Firm, and the attorney for Faith Rodgers, an alleged sexual abuse victim of R.Kelly’s, discusses ‘Surviving R.Kelly,’ the neglected cases of sexual abuse of women in the entertainment industry, and redesigning an industry where abuse is prevented … The po…
 
In the 121st episode of the Africa Music Law show, entertainment law roundtable guests discuss the latest multi-million dollar deal partnership between Mavin Records and Kupanda Holdings, Nigerian artists Ycee, and Reekado Banks leaving their record labels, and the infamous scoff between Davido and Kizz Daniel’s ex-manager. This is part two of a th…
 
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