I used Spotify from 2009. I previously talked about Ethiopian songs on Spotify. The list has probably grown since then (although at times I have noticed songs that used to be available were no longer). As most users of Spotify, I was annoyed by their decision to force people into paying. I liked the songs-followed-by-adverts model. The adverts weren’t too long and a good number of them were local adverts, and unlike many adverts I see everywhere some of them were actually of interest to me (eg. live music shows in Scotland).
Last week I forgot my Spotify running overnight and burnt my ten hours quota (at least that’s my explanation for why my quota was all gone the next morning). I had a deep thought about it and went to their website to pay for membership expecting to pay the pound equivalent of 5 dollars, only to find out 5 dollars translate to 5 pounds in Spotify Land.
So I looked elsewhere for songs. I am now hooked up with afropop.org. I love the presenter. The songs are awesome songs, mostly African and Latin. The Cumbia genre, Fidel Nada’s feel good reggae, Toubab’s Krewe‘s electrified Mali music, the possibilities are endless.
I have to thank Spotify though. Thanks to it I have discovered great songs and musicians. The polish band Novika, the Malian Ali Farka Toure, more great songs of Salif Keita, Imogen Heap and Armin Van Buuren, to name some.