The circulation of gospel music has taken a notch higher with the innovation of a music app known as Minstrels platform, an app that will enable music lovers gain access and download gospel musicals on a daily basis.
From Africa to Europe, Gospel music from Nigerian gospel minsters has filtered into churches, homes and schools via different unaccounted sources; illegal cds, USB devices, monetized digital uploads by
pirates with almost zero revenue coming back to the artistes who have invested time and effort In creating the content.
The Minstrels platform wants to eliminate the use of unconventional means of music distribution tackling piracy, providing a multi-platform solution for consuming content, promoting gospel music
and giving more control to how the gospel minstrels distribute their work.
The platform which has a website and mobile apps for Android and IOS Users was launched to the press at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
Nathaniel Bassey led a team of 16 other Minstrels including Frank Edwards, Sammie Okposo, Aity Dennis Inyang, Glowreeyah Braimah, Enitan Adaba, Victoria Orenze, Olumide Iyun, Nosa Omoregie, Obiora Obiwon, Eben, Joe Praize, Pat Uwaje-King, David Nkennor, Ese Mario, Doris ‘Dumah and Wilson Joel to the press launch.
Backed by a world-class technology team, payments for content is powered by eTranzact’s BankIT which allows users buy directly from their Bank accounts. BankIT TM powers airtime purchase directly from bank accounts on USSD, *444# , *805# and *695# on Airtel , Glo and
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The event hashtag #TheMinstrels trended on Twitter for 5 hours with over 2500 tweets as a campaign to get more Nigerians listening to Gospel music was also launched with all the Gospel musicians using the
Minstrels logo as their profile pictures.
The minstrels platform allows users Purchase, download and listen to spirit lifting music on the go.
Users can enjoy exclusive releases from the Minstrels app ,they can also stream live music performances and get direct access to the minstrels with special themed events and meetups. It allows for sharing of songs and album to friends and family, creating playlist for different occasions and chatting with their favourite minstrels and send m messages.
The Minstrels platform also allows Gospel minstrels gain access to a cloud based repository to store their contents in audio, video and other music formats. It enables them live stream events to a large audience . Artiste can also make personal connections with fans
Subscribers can view pictures, videos from Minstrels and other things from the Press Launch on the official Minstrels pages