Music Linguist – Specialist at Digital Divide Data (DDD)

Digital Divide Data (DDD) is a US-based non-profit, mission-driven enterprise with the goal of using technology and digital skills to bridge the divide between economically and socially marginalized youth and employment opportunities that lead to a sustainable and viable future. DDD identifies talented but underserved youth in Africa and Asia (Kenya, Cambodia, and Laos are the main centers) to enter formal employment, undergo professional training and skills development, and pursue tertiary education. Our headquarters are in New York, and we have over 1,500 employees across our operations in Kenya, Cambodia, and Laos.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Music Linguist – Specialist

Location: Kano, Nigeria
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Description

  • DDD is seeking individuals that have a passion for popular music and the artists who drive the craft.
  • We are seeking candidates also be involved in transcribing lyrical content in their target language in line with project and industry priorities.
  • It is your role to evaluate the quality of both internal and external partner content to ensure the quality and standards of the finished products before they reach the user.
  • We are looking for candidates with strong music, lyrics, metadata, data analysis, and translation backgrounds.
  • In this role, you will be responsible for analyzing Music Lyrics Content – transcribing lyrics, proofreading/editing/QC-ing lyrics, and analyzing music/artist metadata.
  • Excellent linguistic skills, and music knowledge.
  • You will need a passion for technology and a will to question the current workflows with the mindset to improve tools and processes.

Roles and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Transcribe lyrics for high-priority content
  • Verify lyric accuracy on content sourced from partners, ensuring it meets the provided standards
  • Maintain time-sync coverage for the top 80% of plays

Music Curation:

  • Polish top albums in the local market each week
  • Polish albums/tracks featured in campaigns
  • Maintain polishing coverage for the top 80% of plays
  • Make edits to the metadata when needed

Artist Curation:

  • Curate top artists in the local market each week
  • Polish artist pages featured in campaigns
  • Make edits to the metadata when needed


  • University Degree preferably in Linguistics, Journalism, or Mass Communication
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken, in a wide range of registers)
  • Fluent in either Afrikaans, Yoruba, Igbo, Swahili, or Twi (with an understanding of conversational and easy-to-read and write Afrikaans,Yoruba, Igbo, Swahili, or Twi plus excellent spelling and grammar of standard Afrikaans,Yoruba, Igbo, Swahili, or Twi
  • Passion for languages, specifically in Afrikaans, Yoruba, Igbo, Swahili, or Twi,
  • Passion for the world of technology

Application Closing Date
30th September, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Note: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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