Simphiwe Dana joins Universal Music

Simphiwe Dana joins Universal Music

Jan 24, 2019, 04:17 PM

It's becoming quite clear that Universal Music Group is on a mission to position itself as a record company that has signed a lot of local artists.

In February 2018, Universal Music Group confirmed that Nasty C was officially signed under the label, after the 21-year-old rapper left his former label, Mabala Noise
Instagram/@NastyC_SA
In November, 2018, the internationally recognised label also confirmed that Abuti Fill Up, Cassper Nyovest, had signed a partnership with them. Again, just to clarify, the partnership was a distribution deal and not a contract deal.

Two months later, Universal has announced the exciting news that afro-soul singer, Simphiwe Dana has official joined the Universal family as one of its artists.
Instagram/@SimphiweDana

Simphiwe admitted that the contract took a while to sign as it involved a long negotiation process that took months. She shared on Instagram: 

"In the past year there was so much I couldn’t talk about. Everything seemed to be taking forever and I had to trust the process. And write and write and write. To offset how heavy my spirit can get, my songs are testimony to this, I try and keep life light around me. I love to joke and laugh to keep that ever present depression away. I’m happy to say on my birthday that I have finally signed that contract which took me months and months to negotiate."

Instagram/@SimphiweDana

She also shared that she not only signed a record deal, but also an artist development partnership with the label. 

 "I also have some other surprises for you in store. But I’ll say, this contract does not only enable me to deliver a stellar album, but we also are doing a separate partnership where I will identify, develop and groom new artists plus those artists who never got a proper chance during the production of their work. So in a sense I’m about to become a big aunty to a few choice artists of my own choosing."

Here's to an amazing 2019 for Simphiwe and her music career. We have no doubt that this deal will open up even greater opportunities for the singer.

Main image credit: Instagram/@simphiwedana
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Zee Dladla

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