Def Jam Africa appoints Larry Gaaga as Vice President, A&R.

  • Larry Gaaga made Vice President, A&R for Def Jam Africa

  • Larry Gaaga appointed as Vice President of Def Jam Africa’s A&R department.

Def Jam Africa appoints Larry Gaaga as Vice President, A&R.
Def Jam Africa appoints Larry Gaaga as Vice President, A&R.

Larry Gaaga has been named vice president of A&R at Def Jam Africa, a Universal Music Group division (UMG).

The artist, producer, composer, and record label executive will report to Sipho Dlamini, CEO, Universal Music South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa, assumed the position in 2016.

Larry Gaaga will in charge of the A&R division in English-speaking markets in his new position.

His team will to identify and sign African continent talent that “speaks to and resonates with the defining culture and artistry of the Def Jam legacy”, says the company.


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Def Jam Africa launched in May 2020 and is now home to performers and artists such as Boity, Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Tshego, Tellaman, Ricky Tyler, and C, has subsequently signed to Def Jam Recordings in the United States via a joint venture with Universal Music Africa.

The Ghanaian Afropop, and reggae artist also recently signed a global deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) label divisions Def Jam Recordings, 0207 Def Jam and Def Jam Africa.

Gaaga began his career in the music industry back in 2010 after joining YSG Entertainment, and was later promoted to General Manager. He has gone on to forge a career as both a performer and a manager of the rapper Vector.

In 2020, Gaaga was one of Def Jam Africa’s “flagship signings”, says the company, and his appointment “reaffirms the label’s belief and respect of Larry’s artistry and creative vision.”


Larry Gaaga, said: “I’m excited at the opportunity I’ve been entrusted with here at Def Jam Africa.

“My experience as an artist and manager at the label, not only gives me a unique perspective to share with our talent, but means I’m well versed in the spirit and culture of this legacy label.”

Sipho Dlamini, added: “Larry is a talented creative, astute A&R and strategic executive, expanding his relationship with Def Jam is an exciting next step in Africa’s hip hop story and a big move for the culture.”

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