Universal Music Africa

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Universal Music Africa is a key subsidiary of Universal Music Group (UMG).

Although there isn’t yet a singular leader of Universal Music Africa, the company is made of regional heads across the continent.

Those regional heads include Sipho Dlamini, who was promoted to CEO of Universal Music Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa in January 2021.

Chinedu Okeke, Managing Director, Universal Music Nigeria, reports to Dlamini.

Elsewhere in the Universal Music Africa setup, the company’s French-speaking operations on the continent – including Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Cameroon – are led by Franck Kacou, Directeur General, Universal Music Africa.

In 2020, UMG also agreed a strategic partnership between Nigeria’s Aristokrat Records and Universal Music France.

It also launched Def Jam Africa as a standalone label on the continent, with resources across five countries, “dedicated to discovering the best in African hip-hop, Afrobeats and Trap music”.Music Business Worldwide

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