Through a solid interaction and working relationship between the founders of ZOJA (Artist managers and PR personnels), they realized and understood the struggles of many artists from townships, villages and mostly underprivileged areas. Permanent distribution of their music to all digital streaming platforms was one of the main challenges, as these artists cannot afford annual renewals of their subscriptions on other digital distributors and as a result, their music would be removed when they fail to renew. It was when the founders Zolani Jama & Siviwe Yuyu, decided it would be beneficial for underprivileged artists to have a company that will understand their background and vision, either than just making money through subscriptions and ZOJA was born.
ZOJA is abbreviated from Zolani Jama who is a major shareholder of the company.
The company have since appointed Thinati Nombewu as a CEO in an industry dominated by men. Thinati has served as Music & Life’s head of news, a local blog from Cape Town which confused on pushing the culture forward.
ZOJA operates as a digital music distributor and with a dream to help their artists become international stars, says Zolani Jama. The Company offers a platform that enables musicians to distribute their music to the world through a vast amount of digital streaming platforms. At a once off fee and 20% share from sales generated. The 20% excludes the masters, therefore the artists/label will still own 100% mechanical rights and as well any sync deal acquired. Should it be sync received through ZOJA, a percentage negotiation will be made.
ZOJA seeks to grow and offer a wide variety of other services that will help artists to grow.
We are excited to see what ZOJA will bring to the rapidly growing music distribution market as they promise to take it to the world.