An Exploration Of Top South African Record Labels
An Exploration Of Some Popular South African Record Labels: Record labels are the backbone of thriving and diverse music culture. It is no secret that one of a struggling artiste’s biggest dreams is to get himself signed to a reputable and successful record label. In the South African music industry, there are various record labels that have helped in molding most of the music artistes into what they are today. Although, there are some record labels well known for their controversial nature in their relationships with their signed artistes.
1. Ambitiouz Entertainment
Ambitiouz Entertainment is a South African independent record label owned and founded by Kgosi Mahumapelo. The label was founded in April 2015 and houses notable acts including Sjava and Blaq Diamond. In the first half of 2015, the label signed some artistes 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.
2. Family Tree Records
Family Tree is an independent South African record label established by SA celebrated rapper Cassper Nyovest in 2014. The record label currently has Cassper Nyovest as its C.E.O and it has Nadia Nakai signed under it.
3. The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew consists of B3nchmarQ, MashBeatz, Ex Global, Wordz, Flame (former member), Ecco, IMPTHADON, Krish, Mellow and A-Reece after his controversial departure from Ambitiouz Entertainment.
4. Mabala Noise
Mabala Noise was co-founded by DJ Bongz and Reggie Nkabinde in 2015. Originally, the entertainment label was known as Mabalabala, but was later renamed Mabala Noise.
5. Raplyf Records
Former Cashtime label mate Kid X in collaboration with Kwesta formed a record label called RapLyf Records in 2017. The label signed Kwesta, Kid X, TLT and Makwa6eats who all dropped four brand new hit singles on the same day at the same time.