Def Jam Recordings, a global American musical company, has announced the signing of Adekunle Gold, a Nigerian Afropop singer and composer.
The CEO and chairman of Def Jam Records, Tunji Balogun, remarked in an interview with Billboard, “I’ve been following Adekunle Gold since I first heard his album ‘Sade’ in 2016. Everything about AG has improved with time: his composition, his range as an artist, his voice, his style, and especially his ability to put on a concert.
He feels confident in being himself now that he has achieved fame on his own terms.
As soon as I began working at Def Jam, I knew I wanted to expand the label’s musical offerings to include Afrobeats, but I wanted to do it in a classy way by partnering with the appropriate musicians. I knew that if Adekunle and I joined forces, we could grow his audience to even greater proportions than what he had achieved on his own.
“I think AG is a truly global artist, and a rightful ambassador for Nigerian music and the emerging Afrobeats scene,” Tunji Balogun continues. “He has the talent, virtuosity, focus, work ethic and temperament required to be a worldwide superstar. I’m excited to work with him and the Def Jam team to bring more fans into his world.”
Speaking on his latest achievement, Adekunle Gold says; “The track record is there. The history is there. They break artists, and they have niche, unique artists like me, so I think it’s the right move for me. All of the things that I’ve done for myself already, they know already and that’s why they’re on board.”