All aboard! MERLIN hits on the Roach


Let’s get this out of the way: MERLIN is essentially the international coffee shop of independent record labels.

“[MERLIN represents] its members in new media deals that can’t be easily negotiated locally or individually or are not covered adequately by existing arrangements.” It’s struck digital deals for members with Spotify, Catch Media, MUZU.TV, i-Mesh and others.

Altogether, the members now proudly lay claim to about 10% of the international music industry. The general goal is to give genuine legitimacy, community and legal clout to indies (the final frontier of musical innovation, the guinea pigs of the entertainment industry). Whine, whinge, moan.

Now then. While some whinge on, others make moves. The proverbial brains of this African Dope operation has done just that, having just been elected to the board of this pioneering musical enterprise as the only African representative. Nuff said. National becomes international, independent becomes co-dependent, African Dope is on the front line. 

Posted by on 09/07 at 09:49 AM






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