Sony/ATV Music Publishing Signs Hip-Hop Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa
April 23, 2015 at 12:33 PM (PT)
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING has signed a long-term, worldwide deal outside NORTH AMERICA with hip-hop pioneer and “Godfather” AFRIKA BAMBAATAA.
The agreement covers the entire songwriting catalog and future work of BAMBAATAA, who was at the forefront of the development of the hip-hop genre in the late '70s and with “Planet Rock” was responsible for one of its earliest and most defining hits. He is widely recognized as being “the Godfather of Hip-Hop” and his work has influenced countless other artists, including TIMBALAND and THE NEPTUNES.
SONY/ATV U.K. Managing Dir./ Pres. EUROPEAN Creative GUY MOOT commented: “It is great to welcome to SONY/ATV one of the founders of hip-hop and a true music legend. His impact on music over the last three decades has been immeasurable and he continues to remain hugely influential.”
SONY/ATV Catalog A&R YASMIN LAJOIE added: “It’s such an honor to welcome BAM to the SONY/ATV family. We are looking forward to working with him, not only helping preserve his legacy by introducing his songs to a new generation of music lovers, but also setting up collaborations and assisting him with exciting new creative projects.”
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA said: “I am excited to team up with SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING and look forward to the future of many more spectacular, creative, mind-blowing, positive events to happen from being with a company like this. With so many great artists they already represent throughout the world, I will be following the greatness of many MOTOWN groups that SONY/ATV looks after as well as the great SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE, THE ROLLING STONES, THE BEATLES, THE TEMPTATIONS, DIANA ROSS and the SUPREMES, MICHAEL JACKSON and many others. Respect to all the hard workers and staff at SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING and let's rejoice and give the world more peace, unity, love and having fun in music and dance.”