Nicknamed “Leko”, Creole for echo, the platform is accessible via the online applications Paradise FM or Radyo Sesel. (SBC YouTube)
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The Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), the country’s public broadcaster, has opened its archive to the world, allowing subscribers to listen to locally produced music and radio programs on its new Audio on demand (DOA).
Nicknamed “Leko”, Creole for echo, the platform is accessible through Paradise FM or Radyo Sesel online applications which can be downloaded from Play Store for Android users and App Store for Apple users.
Launched on May 30 to mark the 25th anniversary of SBC’s Paradise FM, ‘Leko’ denotes the past and present cultural heritage of Seychelles that will resonate in every corner of the world. A person who is already using one of these apps just needs to update it to get access to ‘Leko’.
The platform offers a balance of retro, traditional, and current songs that listeners can listen to at their leisure and convenience.
SBC Chairman of the Board, Gérard Lafortune, said at the launch that the platform will help fight local music piracy that prevents many local artists from enjoying their art form.
|In addition to accessing music, people will also be able to listen to radio shows broadcast on SBC such as “Granmoun I Dir”, “Portre” and “Dan Kanton”. (SBC YouTube) Photo License: All Rights Reserved|
“Local artists put a lot of resources into their work. It’s sad to see that some people buy a CD just to copy it and share it with their friends. This kind of piracy destroys creativity. The app we’re launching today now help fight piracy, as all the music will be available on the archive, which they can access by paying a small fee,” said Lafortune.
He pointed out that SBC will record how often a song is listened to and through the Seychelles Authors and Composers Society (SACS), which is a collaborator in the project, part of the revenue collected through subscription will go to the artist. to help him continue. to create and produce music.
A subscriber can choose to subscribe for a month, 6 months or a year.
Lafortune added that the platform will provide more visibility for local artists as it is accessible worldwide.
“We know that our Creole music has a big market in the region. This will allow fans in the region to access music from local artists, pay a small fee and contribute to their favorite artists. This applies also to other countries outside the region and it will help the artists to develop and allow them to enter the international music scene,” said Lafortune.
In addition to accessing music, people will also be able to listen to radio shows broadcast on SBC such as “Granmoun I Dir”, “Portre” and “Dan Kanton”.