Top 5 Hottest Record Labels Right Now 2019 – Musicians need record labels for funding and promotion.
Record labels have more clout, than individual musicians, and radio stations will likely agree to play an artists song if a record label is promoting them. Artists who choose to self-promote, instead of signing onto a record label will have a harder time doing so. Now with that being said and done.
These are the top 5 hottest record labels we have observed that are producing artists that are making an impact in the entertainment industry, especially in the year 2019.
1. Universal Music Group (South Africa)
Established in 2017, under the guidance of several of the country’s top booking agents and record label executives, UMG Live is rapidly positioning itself as one of South Africa’s leading entertainment facilitation companies.
This new division of Universal Music is based in Johannesburg and will serve as the touring and live facility for all artists currently in a 360 deal with the record company. 2018 sees the inclusion of Nasty C, Lady Zamar, KO, Ard Matthews. Craig Lucas (Winner of The Voice SA S2) and more to the growing roster of talent.
2 Ambitiouz Entertainment
Ambitiouz Entertainment is a Mzansi independent record label owned and founded by Kgosi Mahumapelo, a brother to the South African politician, Supra Mahumapelo. The label was founded in April 2015 and houses notable acts including Sjava and Saudi. The label was birthed in first half of 2015 boasting of 3 unknown acts, namely Emtee, Fifi Cooper and B3nchMarQ. In just a few months, these acts were considered some of the biggest names in the South African music industry, thus cementing Ambitiouz Entertainment as one of the most sought after record labels in South Africa.
3. Kalawa Jazmee Records
Our very own Kalawa Jazmee (“KJ Records”) is a self-sufficient South African record label that pioneered in the launching of the musical genre, prominently as “Kwaito”. It was formally established in 1992 & prior titled Kalawa, it has produced acts such as Boom Shaka, with their debut album It’s About Time released in 1993. Amalgamating forces with Trompie’s label Jazmee in 1995, it then became known as Kalawa-Jazmee Records. The label continues to flourish under Oscar Mdlongwa, Bruce Sebitlo, Zayne ‘Mahoota’ Sibiya, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng, and Emmanuel ‘Mjokes’ Matsane, with Gao Mokone assuming the task of Label Manager. – Lakuti
DJ, Producer and record label founder DJ Tira on Thursday also announced that the Afrotainment has partnered with Universal Music Group Africa.
Having introduced the world to artists like Big Nuz, Tipcee, DJ C’ndo and Dladla Mshunqisi; DJ Tira has an eye and ear for talent that has characterized the landscape of South African Dance Music-making for a fruitful relationship with UMG Africa.
The first instalment from the partnership is Tipcee’s brand new album Snyper which is out on pre-order today with Ematarven as the lead single as we enter into this year’s festivities.
5. Gallo Record Company
One of the massive record labels in South Africa, also the label was able to produce some predominant groups like Ladysmith Black Mambaso, who emancipated their first music by a black musician in Apartheid South Africa to elevate to gold status. We cannot exclude the late Lucky Dube, South Africa’s biggest-selling reggae artist and political activist, I mean with classics records like “I’m A Prison” radiated on the savage, bloodthirsty regime in amid the apartheid. They are responsible for talents natured from one of the biggest music competition in the country Idols SA 2019.