LONDON, UK (CelebrityAccess) – UMG’s Island Records has signed a distribution deal with Nigerian pop act Tekno.
The news follows the release of the singer’s single “Pana,” via Columbia Records last year.
Of the signing, Alex Boetang, president of Island’s urban division said: “Tekno is special as an artist and music maker. It is an absolute pleasure to now be a part of his journey and help him reach the international status his talent deserves. Island is the best place in the industry for culture and creativity so it is a privilege to provide the perfect home for him.”
“I am extremely excited to sign with UMG as I’m ready to take my music to new heights, have a platform to showcase my versatility, push my music and ideas, and show the world how diverse African music and musicians can be,” added Tekno. “I want the Tekno brand to reach the global stage. Being with a full team in Nigeria, in Africa, and working with Alex and Island UK means that there are machines in place to ensure my music is delivered to my fans and the world with the best quality possible.”
The deal also marks a major move for Universal, which initially announced its intentions to bolster its investments in the African music market back in 2015.