Independent label, distributor, and publisher EMPIRE has launched EMPIRE Africa.
Spearheading EMPIRE’s growth in Africa is Ezegozie Eze Jr. as Vice President Market Development, Kareem Mobalaji as Regional Head West Africa, and Titilope Adesanya as Project Manager.
EMPIRE was founded by Ghazi Shami in 2010.
In their new roles, Eze, Mobolaji, and Adesanya will broker new talent partnerships and promote artists in Western Africa and the entire continent.
Based in Lagos, Nigeria, they will support EMPIRE’s roster of artists in music markets such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and the Ivory Coast.
The announcement comes after a series of recent releases in Africa from EMPIRE artists including Fireboy DML’s hit single Peru with remixes by Ed Sheeran, 21 Savage and Blxst, Olamide’s Carpe Diem, Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall (Distributed by EMPIRE in African continent), Wande Coal’s Realms and Kizz Daniel’s King of Love
EMPIRE reports that its releases “blanketed the top 35 songs” on Apple Music’s Nigeria Top Songs chart in 2021.
Wrapping up the year, EMPIRE says that it became the top distributor in Nigeria according to TurnTable Charts.
Eze joins EMPIRE from his role as General Manager of Universal Music Nigeria, where he was instrumental in developing UMG’s key growth strategies and artists in Western Africa.
In his role as General Manager, Eze established the Anglophone West Africa regional office, developed the first Canal Olympia venus in Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria and led UMG to become the first major label to partner with local digital service providers, Boomplay and uduX.
Previously, Mobolaji worked as a marketing executive with mobile technology company MTech and founded his own digital marketing agency – Ingle Mind – where he developed and worked with Nigerian superstars Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, WizKid, Olamide, Fireboy DML and many more.
Through his work with the aforementioned artists, Mobolaji is regarded as the top A&R and development executive in Nigeria. Adesanya joins EMPIRE with prior journalism and marketing careers in the music industry.
Most recently, she worked at digital music distribution company, Africori, in product management and communications.
Together, the trio’s expertise will bring a wealth of experience to EMPIRE’s global team, both in Western Africa and abroad.
In February 2021,EMPIRE opened a division in the US to focus on West Asia, North Africa and its diaspora.
To head up the territory, EMPIRE hired Suhel Nafar as Vice President of Strategy & Market Development.Music Business Worldwide