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Music business and entertainment law news, exclusive interviews, legal commentary and analysis by California based entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok, with a focus on U.S. and Africa music markets.

The Africa Music Law™ Show | Music Biz & Entertainment Law Uduak Oduok: Entertainment Lawyer, Business Strategist, Speaker, Entrepreneur

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Music business and entertainment law news, exclusive interviews, legal commentary and analysis by California based entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok, with a focus on U.S. and Africa music markets.

    AML142: The Business of Music in North Africa

    AML142: The Business of Music in North Africa

    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 with guests Ahmed Soultan, Hicham El Kebbaj, and Karima Damir, the roundtable demystifies North Africa, explains its music business, challenges, growth, and opportunities for collaborations to help move the entire African music industry and continent forward. The panelists also discuss what ‘Afrobian music’ means, which is a term coined by Ahmed Soultan. It is a must listen and must share.

    GUESTS

    AHMED SOULTAN is an Afrobian multi-award winning artist. He is also a four-time MTV EMA ‘Worldwide Act’, and three-time AFRIMA ‘Best African Album’ recipient.

    HICHAM EL KEBBAJ is a veteran music event producer known for his role in helping to produce popular music events in the MENA region like Festival de Casablanca, Gnawa Festival of Essaouira, and Festival Boulevard. He is also a respected talent manager with connections across the continent and currently represents some of North Africa’s top acts including Maalem Hamid El Kasri, Mehdi Nassouli, and Hindi Zahra.

    KARIMA DAMIR is currently the A&R director and marketing executive at Sony Music Entertainment Middle East. Prior to joining Sony, she was an A&R and PR consultant for MBC & Rotana groups, some of the largest media companies in the Middle East. Prior to MBC and Rotana, Karima worked as a talent and music manager for MTV Middle East, Viacom International Networks, Dubai.

    Uduak Oduok, (Host) founder of Africa Music Law, is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. For almost two decades, as an attorney, she has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa and Asia including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She can be reached via email (africamusiclaw@gmail.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

    Episode Preview







    * Why does it seem that the North African music industry and artists are often ignored in the west and continent?

    * With the entrance of western digital distributors, retailers and labels will it become easier to take North African music to the world?

    * How do we foster more collaborations between East, West, South, and North Africa?

    * What exactly is Afro-Arabian music

    * Career pathways of all guests

    * Suggestions on encouraging more cross-cultural exchanges and collabos.







    Where to Find Ahmed Soultan

    https://www.instagram.com/soultanahmed/

    Where to Find Hicham El Kebbaj

    https://www.instagram.com/instahicham/

    Where to Find Karima Damir

    https://www.instagram.com/kukulicious/

    Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

    Facebook: @msuduak

    Twitter: @msuduak

    Instagram: @msuduak

    Website: www.msuduak.com

    Follow AML

    Facebook: @africamusi...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    AML 141: Meet Camille Storm, Founder of C&C Distro, a Kenyan Music Distribution Company

    AML 141: Meet Camille Storm, Founder of C&C Distro, a Kenyan Music Distribution Company

    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, Audiomack, Tidal, Youtube Music, and more.

    Through its active international partnerships, C&C aims to secure premium playlist placements and support from major digital streaming platforms. According to C&C, Every artist that works with C&C is a priority. Furthermore, they offer add-on services such as digital marketing and promotions strategy and consulting, media plugging, and PR on both Radio and TV (West, East, and South Africa) and publishing and legal admin services.

    In the 141st episode of The Africa Music Law Show, Camille joins host Ms. Uduak to discuss how she broke into the industry as a music journalist, writing for local and international publications, curating Apple’s Music playlist for Africa, and deciding to launch her own music distribution company. It is a must listen to episode. Listen and share.

    Uduak Oduok, (Host) founder of Africa Music Law, is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. For almost two decades, as an attorney, she has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa and Asia including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She can be reached via email (africamusiclaw@gmail.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

    Where to Find Camille Storm

    Instagram: Camille and Co.

    Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

    Website: www.msuduak.com

    Facebook: @msuduak

    Twitter: @msuduak

    Instagram: @msuduak

    Follow AML

    Facebook: @africamusiclaw

    Twitter: @africamusiclaw

    Instagram: @africamusiclaw

    • 1 hr 18 min
    AML 140: Abiola Oke & Richelieu Dennis Sexual Harassment Claims: Lessons for Employers & Executives

    AML 140: Abiola Oke & Richelieu Dennis Sexual Harassment Claims: Lessons for Employers & Executives

    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 viral, forcing both CEOs to resign from their positions. Since then, in recent times, Dennis claims that the independent law firms hired by Essence Magazine to investigate the allegations, have exonerated him, and found no merits to the harassment claims. Notwithstanding his claim, the alleged victims are yet to recant their stories against both executives.

    In this 140th episode of The Africa Music Law show, Ms. Uduak, host and producer, invites Employment and Civil Rights lawyer Michelle Reynolds to discuss the lessons for employers and top-level executives, so these types of situations can be avoided. It is a very engaging, educational, and informative episode. Listen to the podcast episode on your favorite platforms and share.

    Michelle Reynolds (Guest) – Ms. Reynolds uses her legal acumen to advise and represent predominantly private sector employees and employers in all areas of employment/labor law compliance and litigation, including discrimination; harassment; leave laws; retaliation; wage and hour violations, including the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA); misclassified independent contractors; employees misclassified as exempt from overtime and meal/rest break laws; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices; wrongful termination; and unfair competition.

    Ms. Reynolds also advises and represents clients with any unemployment/payroll tax law issue, including Employment Development Department (EDD) tax audits, unemployment insurance and state disability income (SDI) appeals before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB), and administrative writ(s) of mandate opposing California’s Attorney General Office. Ms. Reynolds represents employees and employers through arbitration, mediation, pre-litigation negotiations including demand letters, reinstatement, settlement, severance, bench trial(s) and appeal(s). Additionally, Ms. Reynolds counsels employer clients through all stages of the employment relationship, from hiring to firing, layoff or quit, including through discipline to separation, and compliance throughout.

    Ms. Reynolds advises her clients in effort to retain good employees and avoid legal claims. However, when the inevitable charge or complaint is filed, Ms. Reynolds either zealously, yet effectively, defends employers, from the initial filing through resolution, or Ms. Reynolds files complaints against offending employers to make her employee clients whole. In addition to representing clients in small claims appeals to unlimited and complex civil litigation, Ms. Reynolds also represents clients before such agencies as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DIR-DLSE) i.e. Labor Commission, Department of Labor (DOL), Employment Development Department (EDD), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA).

    Uduak Oduok, (Host) founder of Africa Music Law, is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. For almost two decades, as an attorney, she has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa and Asia including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the Natio

    • 1 hr 11 min
    AML 139: Beyonce’s ‘Black is King’: Merch & Music Royalties for the African Artist

    AML 139: Beyonce’s ‘Black is King’: Merch & Music Royalties for the African Artist

    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: Creative entrepreneur and fashion manufacturer. Eji’s portfolio of work includes Oprah, Serena Williams, Bill Blass, Vera Wang, Bibhu Mohapatra, Harrods, Saks, & Neimans.

    Bond Stanley Ebigbo: Talent Manager & Author. Bond’s portfolio of work includes taking one of Africa’s biggest recording artists, Phyno, from ground zero to global recognition.

    Uduak Oduok, (Host) founder of Africa Music Law, is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. For almost two decades, as an attorney, she has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa and Asia including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She can be reached via email (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

    Where to Find Elfonnie Anusionwu

    Instagram: @elfonnie

    Where to Find Eji Benson

    Instagram: @ejibenson

    Where to Find Bond Ebigbo

    Instagram: @bondgrounded

    Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

    Website: www.msuduak.com

    Facebook: @msuduak

    Twitter: @msuduak

    Instagram: @msuduak

    Follow AML

    Facebook: @africamusiclaw

    Twitter: @africamusiclaw

    Instagram: @africamusiclaw

    • 53 min
    AML 138: Meet Adesola Titilayo, the Woman Simplifying Royalties Collection for African Artists

    AML 138: Meet Adesola Titilayo, the Woman Simplifying Royalties Collection for African Artists

    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.

    At the inception of her career, Titilayo worked briefly at an e-commerce store as a finance analyst where she gained valuable insight into account preparation, fixed asset schedule, bank reconciliation, statutory audit, and other accounting services. She has detailed multiple years’ experience in the financial service sector, and telecommunications sector.

    Titilayo provides a full spectrum of traditional tax, accounting and assurance services; advisory, valuation, and litigation support; managed accounting services; and an extensive range of specialty and niche industry practices.

    She serves both privately held and publicly registered companies, as well as non-profit and social entities.

    Her goal is to build a process of simplifying royalties’ collection and disbursing to African right-holders.

    She is a guest on the 138th episode of The Africa Music Law Show with producer and host Ms. Uduak, where she delves in-depth into royalties and accounting for African artists. Get your pens and paper out. It is insightful and a must listen and share interview.

    Uduak Oduok, (Host) founder of Africa Music Law, is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. For fifteen years, as an attorney, she has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa and Asia including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She can be reached via email (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

    Where to Find Leyla Konjo

    https://www.instagram.com/konjo_leyla/

    Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

    Website: www.msuduak.com

    Facebook: @msuduak

    Twitter: @msuduak

    Instagram: @msuduak

    Follow AML

    Facebook: @africamusiclaw

    Twitter: @africamusiclaw

    Instagram: @africamusiclaw

    • 1 hr 25 min
    AML 137: Meet Leyla Konjo, Africa’s Music Industry Top Booking Agent (Interview)

    AML 137: Meet Leyla Konjo, Africa’s Music Industry Top Booking Agent (Interview)

    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 United States and over a decade later, in her becoming one of the most prominent booking agents in Africa’s music Industry.

    The founder of Leyla Entertainment, Leyla has booked Africa’s global superstars like Davido, Shatta Wale, Tekno, and many more for nationwide tours in the U.S. and around the globe.

    She is a guest on the 137th episode of The Africa Music Law Show with producer and host Ms. Uduak, where she talks about her humble beginnings, her big break into the industry, the challenges and peculiarities of Africa’s booking agency industry, the challenges in booking shows for African artists in the Diaspora, the need for more women in the business, among so many topics. It is a must listen and must share.

    Uduak Oduok, (Host) founder of Africa Music Law, is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. For fifteen years, as an attorney, she has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa and Asia including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She can be reached via email (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com) or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the @msuduak handle.

    Where to Find Leyla Konjo

    https://www.instagram.com/konjo_leyla/

    Where to Find Host Ms.Uduak

    Website: www.msuduak.com

    Facebook: @msuduak

    Twitter: @msuduak

    Instagram: @msuduak

    Follow AML

    Facebook: @africamusiclaw

    Twitter: @africamusiclaw

    Instagram: @africamusiclaw

    • 1 hr 20 min

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