Universal Music France (UMF), a company of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, discloses a recently signed partnership with The Aristokrat Group, a prominent African entertainment company known for discovering & developing one of the biggest acts in the African Music industry today – Burna Boy. With over a decade of experience in developing young African talents, Aristokrat Represents the spirit and The Sound of New Afrika.
This strategic partnership consists of a label deal and a publishing deal. The label deal intends to discover and develop African talent, and allow them to reach a global audience, thanks to the worldwide network of Universal Music Group companies. The first signings of the label deal are Kel P, Jujuboy Star and Tneeya. Kel P is a Nigerian producer, who worked with Burna Boy on his Grammy-nominated album African Giant, and recently worked with Wizkid on his Starboy, The Soundman Vol 1 EP. Jujuboy Star, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer. Tneeya, is a Cameroonian singer and songwriter. All Aristokrat Records artists will be signed via Caroline France, a Universal Music France label.
The publishing deal intends to discover and develop African artists, songwriters and producers, to allow them to access the global market. The first publishing signings are Kel P, Jujuboy Star and Saszy Afroshii.
In announcing the partnership, Olivier Nusse, CEO, Universal Music France, said, “I am very proud that Aristokrat Group has chosen Universal Music France as its strategic partner to reach a global audience!”
Bertil David, MD, Universal Music Publishing France, said, “Aristokrat is one of the most important voices in Africa right now. The quality of their A&R, their vision and entrepreneurship are both unique and progressive. We are very proud at UMP to be able to give Aristokrat the global presence they deserve.”
Piriye Isokrari, Founder and CEO, The Aristokrat Group, said, “This is an exciting time for African musicians, producers and companies such as ours. Over the last decade, we’ve been at the forefront of cultivating the sound and building sustainable structures locally. We are happy to be able to bring our music and culture to the global market through this partnership with the Universal Music Group. ”