Def Jam Africa

Def Jam Recordings Africa
GenreAfrobeats, trap, Afro hip-hop
Founded2020; 2 years ago (2020)
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria
Key people
Larry Gaaga (VP & A&R)

Def Jam Recordings Africa (marketed as Def Jam Africa), is the African division of the international record label Def Jam Recordings. The label is owned by Universal Music Africa, a flagship of Universal Music Group. Founded in 2020, and operating in South Africa, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, and Cameroon. Def Jam Africa specializes mainly on African hip-hop, Afrobeats and Trap music.


Def Jam Recordings Africa was founded in 2020, as the African division of Def Jam Recordings, operating in South Africa, and Nigeria. The label has a Johannesburg-based arm known as Universal Music South Africa and a Lagos-based arm known as Universal Music Group Nigeria, both headed by Sipho Dlamini, the Chief executive officer of Universal Music Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa. The label is home to recording acts, such as Boity, Nasty C, Nadia Nakai, Larry Gaaga, Ricky Tyler, Tshego, Ténor, Tellaman, Luka Pryce, Tumi "Stogie T" Molekane, Omzo Dollar, Vector, Lucas Raps, Cassper Nyovest, Suspect 95, and Stonebwoy.

On 13 June 2022, Larry Gaaga, the CEO and founder of Gaaga Muzik, and the former general manager of YSG Entertainment, was announced as the vice president of Def Jam Africa, and the head of the A&R division across the English-speaking markets in Africa.

Vice presidents


African artists signed to Def Jam Africa:

Selected discography

Singles, Albums and Eps, released through Def Jam Africa:


`List of singles released by artists signed to Def Jam Africa
Artist Title Year Album Release date
Cassper Nyovest "Good for That" 2020 A.M.N (Any Minute Now) September 11, 2020
Nasty C, & Rowlene "I Need You" From the Netflix Original series "Blood & Water") May 22, 2020
Ricky Tyler "Thirty K's" Small World July 17, 2020
Nasty C "Eazy" Zulu Man with Some Power August 28, 2020
Tellaman "Practice (Cuebur Remix)" Practice (Cuebur Remix) - Single March 13, 2020
"Cross My Heart (Remix)"

(featuring Alpha P)

Non-album single
Stonebwoy "Therapy" 2022 TBA

Albums & EPs

Incomplete list of album and ep releases for Dej Jam Recordings in Africa
Year Title Artist(s) Details Certifications
2020 Small World Ricky Tyler July 17, 2020
Zulu Man with Some Power Nasty C August 28, 2020
2021 Rhythms of Zamunda Various artists March 5, 2021

See also

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