Nigeria: Franklin David lands the lead position in Chocolate Metropolis

The transfer is a part of the label’s efforts to broaden its presence in North Africa and produce its catalog to a worldwide viewers. Chocolate Metropolis was based by Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo and operates as a 360 media and leisure firm whose companies embrace music licensing, administration and consulting. The corporate has workplaces in Lagos, Abuja and Nairobi, in addition to within the UK, USA, South Africa and Ghana.

Based mostly in New York, the previous head of expertise administration for gaming and esports firm Unanimous Video games takes on his new position with greater than 20 years of business expertise underneath his belt, together with as a supervisor. of artists and dealing on initiatives for American bands Fabolous and Mariah Carey.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have the chance to hitch a legacy African leisure firm like Chocolate Metropolis,” stated David. “The label has introduced us a few of the most wonderful content material from Africa, the latest being CKay’s ‘Love Nwantiti’.”

David added that his new place will see him guaranteeing that the releases on Chocolate Metropolis’s roster are “fully amplified via the precise partnership, the precise collaborations and the publicity of the model in the US.”

“I’m proud to work alongside an unimaginable forward-thinking administration staff in Chocolate Metropolis, and grateful to have the chance to make use of my entry and community in order that these nice African platforms can compete with the perfect on the earth. worldwide degree.”

“Having David on board is basically thrilling for us as we search to broaden our base in North America and export our tradition to the world,” stated Abuchi Ugwu, who was appointed CEO of Chocolate Metropolis in April 2021. David additionally has expertise within the sports activities business, working with NFL gamers Dwight Freeney, Pierre Garcon and Amobi Okoye, in addition to NBA athletes Carmelo Anthony, Baron Davis, Joakim Noah and Pascal Siakim .

“The market stays key territory in our development plans because the world opens up extra to Afrobeats and the completely different sounds popping out of Africa. David has the wealth of expertise, nice fame and perception for the large music that are all important to the execution of our general imaginative and prescient.

Chocolate Metropolis is residence to four-time Grammy nominee Femi Kuti, rapper and producer MI Abaga, CKay, Blaqbonez, Younger Jon, and Sweet Bleaks, amongst others. The corporate is at the moment in partnership with Warner Music Group.

In the meantime, earlier this month, fellow Nigerian label supervisor Larry Gaaga was appointed vp for A&R at Common Music Group, Def Jam Recordings Africa. Larry Gaaga, who moonlights as a musician, might be tasked with scouting out African expertise that “speaks and resonates with the tradition and artwork that defines Def Jam’s legacy.”