Zimbos are preparing to develop a music distribution platform

At the end of this month, JACARANDA Media Group will start an on-demand digital music distribution service for both local and continental artists.

Artists and record labels can use the platform to publish their music in minutes, from cover art to tracklists.

Jordan Link Mangwiro and Charles Guvamatanga, the owners of Jacaranda Media Group, claimed in a joint statement that around 400 artists from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa have signed up for the service ahead of its launch.

The Distrohive Music platform is a one-stop-shop that provides international assistance and infrastructure to Zimbabwean and African artists and labels while allowing them to keep complete control over their work through a bespoke artiste or label dashboard,” according to the release.

“We understand African music’s heartbeat and evolution. For many years, we have worked in the international music arena to recognize that African music should be heard all over the world. Those independent labels and artists should be able to share their music globally on conditions that are financially advantageous to them and in a transparent manner.”

The owners described the debut as the first Zimbabwean-owned digital music distribution business.

“When we first launched Jacaranda Media Group, we realized that Zimbabwean music needed a global platform and international listenership.

“Distrohive Music is simply an extension of Jacaranda Media Group’s ongoing improvement efforts and expansion goal for the Zimbabwean music industry,” they explained.

“This is also a result of younger artists’ requests for more control and openness over their music.”

The owners described the debut as the first Zimbabwean-owned digital music distribution business.

“When we first launched Jacaranda Media Group, we realized that Zimbabwean music needed a global platform and international listenership.

“Distrohive Music is simply an extension of Jacaranda Media Group’s ongoing improvement efforts and expansion goal for the Zimbabwean music industry,” they explained.

“This is also a result of younger artists’ requests for more control and openness over their music.”

Zimbos are preparing to develop a music distribution platform

The platform, according to the duo, also eliminated the old-style distribution players’ unfavorable distribution terms and conditions.

“We believe we have created a platform that is stronger, better, and more efficient than our worldwide competitors. Go to www.Distrohive.com to register with Distrohive Music and start selling your music worldwide while expanding your music career, listenership, and keeping 100% of your revenue streams and copyrights,” they said.

According to them, the platform optimized everything from payment to data analysis.

“All royalties and streaming revenue received are sent directly to the artiste’s or label’s bank account.

“Through its relationship with financial remittances business Senditoo.com, Distrohive Music can bring your earnings straight to your doorstep,” they claimed.

“Best of all, there are no intermediaries, no perpetual rights, no restrictions on how you express your creativity, and no agent handling royalties and stream revenue, and the pricing system is simple and fair to the artists.”

Labels and artists, according to Mangwiro and Guvamatanga, kept 85 percent of their distribution projects.

“Distrohive Music offers two cost structures: the first is a one-time lifetime payment fee, and the second is an annual subscription fee that is more favorable for new artists and labels,” they explained.

“Distorhive Music premium services such as regional and international playlisting to iTunes and Spotify, international chart registrations, artiste growth plans, and special webinars and workshops are removed 15 percent of your potential revenue.”

The platform, according to the duo, also has a royalty split feature designed specifically for collaborative artists, composers, producers, labels, and financiers of the artists’ music, ensuring that all parties involved in the creation of music, as well as the rightful copyright beneficiaries, are paid their dues.

“An associate program is offered only by application or invitation for labels with more than ten artists.”

Garry Mapanzure, a multi-award-winning Zimbabwean RnB singer, was enlisted as a poster boy for the service, according to the couple, who said that the singer and his business partner Silvaa King of Team One Love Entertainment would also take on executive responsibilities at Distrohive Music.

“After being courted by numerous major record labels, the R&B sensation chose Distrohive Music through his relationship with Team One Love music to release his music,” they claimed.

“Like many young artists with a dedicated fan base and an international vision, Garry Mapanzure saw it as beneficial to his musical journey to align with Distrohive Music, so that his music could be entered and registered into international music charts like the Billboards, United Kingdom, and Australian music charts.”

Jusa Dementor, a seasoned producer, was also claimed to be joining the Distrohive Music family as an investor with executive operational responsibility.

“The addition of a diverse range of industry talent to the Distrohive family demonstrates that the platform is poised to establish itself as a legacy creator in the Zimbabwean and African music and arts communities,” they stated.

“Nama winner Ti Gonzi has also enlisted the help of Distrohive Music, which has assisted him in establishing the organizational frameworks for his new record label, HipuHopu YekuGhetto Records.”

Dancehall crooner Freeman, Gary Tight, 8L, Mcknife, China-based Zimbabwean 5Nine, Diamond Boyz, Dino Munondo, Niceboi, Mbida Dee, UK Indie, pop crooner Farai and the Forest Dawn, Huby Blakes, and Oskid, among others, have joined or moved their legacy and old music catalogue to Distrohive Music, according to the pair.