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India Emerges as Global Streaming Powerhouse, Paving the Way for African Music

Discover the rise of India as the second-largest global streaming market, signaling an exciting opportunity for African music to thrive, as the country's streaming prowess challenges the US for the top spot.
Words by Obadiah Ouzts

In a groundbreaking achievement, India has secured its position as the second-largest streaming market worldwide, signaling a promising future for African music. With an impressive record of amassing over 1 trillion streams in 2023, India’s remarkable growth suggests that it could soon challenge the United States for the coveted title of the world’s largest music streaming market.

The Indian music streaming landscape has witnessed exponential growth, fueled by a combination of factors, including a rising number of internet users, affordable data plans, and the increasing popularity of streaming platforms. This surge in streaming activity has paved the way for diverse musical genres, offering a fertile ground for African artists to showcase their talents to a vast audience.

The potential impact of India’s streaming market on African music cannot be understated. As Indian listeners embrace a wide range of international sounds, there is a growing appetite for fresh and unique musical experiences. This presents a golden opportunity for African artists to tap into this burgeoning market and connect with a massive fan base.


As India’s streaming market continues to expand, it holds significant promise for the global music industry and opens doors for cross-cultural collaborations. With India’s affinity for diverse music and its growing influence as a streaming powerhouse, the stage is set for a vibrant exchange of cultural expressions between India and Africa.

The music industry eagerly awaits the next chapter in India’s streaming success story, as it not only cements India’s position as a global player but also shines a spotlight on the immense potential for African music to flourish on an international stage.

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