Sony Entertainment Africa Signs Alikiba
Sony Music Entertainment just announced their 2nd major artist signing in Africa with East African act Alikiba.
Earlier this year Sony announced the signing of West African Pop act Davido,
Alikiba’s signing ceremony was held at the Sony Music Entertainment Sub Saharan Africa Head Offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and will see the Tanzanian recording artist release his sophomore album later this year on the label.
Alikiba is an incredibly popular Bongo Flava artist from Tanzania who has enjoyed a massively successful year in 2015 releasing hits like Checha Chekelua and Nagharamia after returning from a brief hiatus. This is what he has to say on the signing.
"My partnership with Sony Music in addition to my already very successful partnership with my management team at ROCKSTAR4000 now completes the team, and solidifies the most powerful proposition and team to take my music to even greater heights, to new audiences and fans across borders and across the world. I’m really excited in the future of music from the African continent as its now the time for the amazing music and sounds from Africa to take over the world, and I’m excited on where this amazing partnership will be able to take my music now to fans across the continent and across the planet".
Sean Watson, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa says of the development:
“Sony Music Entertainment recently announced several key strategic steps that we’d taken in Africa including new operations in Nigeria and the signing of high profile West African artists. We also mentioned that we’d be making similar inroads in East Africa. Well here we are, at the dawn of our East African journey and who better to start it with than an artist of the stature of Alikiba. We’re very proud of being able to partner with such a talented individual and can’t wait to get started on sharing his music with his fans all over the world.”
Paul Thackwray, Marketing Director for Sony Music Entertainment Africa added,
“Amplifying Alikiba's already significant digital footprint, extending the reputation and impact of this great East African artist career via his music content across the continent and into the world, is a truly exciting opportunity for us".
“We are very passionate and close to Alikiba and his amazing talent, we are very excited about his future and there is no stopping his chart success, his music, his commitment and passion and without doubt no better partner that mirrors these values and objectives than the amazing team at Sony Music”
added Christine ‘Seven’ Mosha, Head of Talent and Music at ROCKSTAR4000.
His current single Aje will be the first single released via Sony