The African Music Library (AML) social initiative, a unified database designed to give the worldwide music business the most accurate and thorough understanding of African music, was announced as being launched by Nigerian music intelligence company Josplay Inc.
The initiative comes on the heels of Josplay Enterprise’s debut last year, which was designed to use AI technology to connect African music with the right audiences and let users make their own playlists that were perfectly suited to their moods by searching through a large collection of African songs using tags.
According to the company, the digital portal indexes factual and archival information on music created in Africa or by Africans living abroad. AML strives to compile, research, and document all musicians who have contributed to music that has been recorded in Africa or by Africans. It does this by compiling data on musicians, bands, record labels, their works, and the processes by which they are created, including the instruments and genres.
Over 3000 artists’ records and more than 10 million data points on recorded musical works are available in the library at launch. Additionally, it records more than 100 genres from various generations.
The absence of a single repository for knowledge and information on music from the continent, claim the founders of AML, served as the impetus for the endeavor.
AML is the culmination of three years of labor, according to Emmanuel Ogala, co-founder and CEO of Josplay. “The library’s information repository ranges from music credits that identify who performed what on any piece of recorded music to the complete audio analysis of these works,” he added.
“World music” cannot ignore the richness of African music. African music has more than 200 genres, each of which has a unique capacity to elicit a wide range of emotions in its listeners. For the greatest possible participation in the digital economy, these genres merit study, preservation, and codification.
The Josplay co-founders envision a time when Africans would be prioritized as consumers of music, media, and information. The company’s initiatives are focused on developing a data foundation for important stakeholders in the future of the African music industry, including sound engineers, researchers, and musicologists.
We want innovators in the African music industry to have the data necessary to create applications that can cater to any African’s innate musical preferences, according to Ogala.
Everyone involved in the African music community is invited to explore, contribute, and share music data from the continent and its diaspora at the library, which is available to the public.