Universal Music Group just announced its Def Jam Africa, which is right on time with the recent Billboard cover stars Mr Eazy, Tiwa Savage, and Davido, and Ebro’s ‘Africa Now’ playlist. The label’s roster includes Larry Gaaga, Boity, Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Nasty C, Tshego, Tellaman, Ricky Tyler, and Vector. Check out a statement from Sipho Dlamini, the Managing Director of Universal Music’s Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa division, below.
Many of us in Africa grew up on music from legendary labels under the UMG umbrella. From Blue Note for Jazz fans to Mercury Records, which was Hugh Masekela’s first US label and Uptown Records, the home of Jodeci and Mary J Blige and many more. For those into Hip-Hop, no label has such cultural and historic relevance as Def Jam. From Run DMC to LL Cool J, Disturbing tha Peace, JAY Z, Big Sean and Kanye West, Def Jam has always been the ultimate destination for Hip-Hop and urban culture worldwide. It is a historic achievement that we’re now able to bring this iconic label to Africa, to create an authentic and trusted home for those who aspire to be the best in Hip-Hop, Afrobeats and trap. Together, we will build a new community of artists, that will push the boundaries of Hip-Hop from Africa, to reach new audiences globally.