In a bid to further the international recognition and appropriate compensation for their artistes, Nigeria’s leading record label Chocolate City Music and Entertainment Company has signed a deal with Pan-African music company Africori to handle worldwide digital distribution.
Africori Music Group (AMG) is the leading pan-African digital music company on the continent, with offices in Johannesburg and London and representation in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda.
Founded in 2005, Chocolate City is widely regarded as one of the biggest and most successful record labels in Africa and has pioneered Nigerian hip hop in West Africa and around the globe. The label has released music from acclaimed recording artistes including; M.I., Femi Kuti, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, DJ Lambo, DJ Calse, Victoria Kimani, Dice Alles, Koker and Pryse to name a few.
Africori provides digital music solutions and services to artists, producers, publishers and record labels in Africa. Their key activities are digital distribution of African music, licensing of African catalogue music to advertising agencies, film and TV production companies, and worldwide revenue collection.
Africori represents a range of prestigious African artistes including Sauti Sol (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) (Becca (Ghana) and Sean Tizzle (Nigeria), and a number of key record labels in the shape of Essiebons (Ghana), African Cream Music and Family Tree (South Africa).
Founder and CEO of Africori, YoelKenan, “Chocolate City is undeniably one of the most influential labels in Africa. We jointly aspire and share common visions and goals. The digital music business in Africa is evolving rapidly. Therefore it is only a natural progression that key industry players join forces to improve and leverage the best opportunities for the artistes. We look forward to working with Jude ‘M.I.’ Abaga and his dynamic team in promoting and distributing the best music from Africa around the world.”
CEO of Chocolate City, Jude Abaga said, “African music is blowing up and in order to fairly compensate our artistes in terms of royalty payments etc. it is necessary to put appropriate structures in place; Africori’s proven track record is that structure”.