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Artist transitions after two years with independent label Mabala Noise



Johannesburg, February 15, 2018 — South African rap superstar, Nasty C, announced today that he has signed an exclusive recording deal with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music-based entertainment company.


This transition comes after two successful  years signed to independent label Mabala Noise, where he racked up a gaggle of awards for his critically acclaimed debut album, Bad Hair.  Last year he took home four Metro FM Music Awards, was nominated for five South African Music Awards (winning Song of The Year) and nabbed a BET Award nod for Best International Act: Africa.


Nasty C joins the ranks of UMG’s unrivalled artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake, The Weeknd, Post Malone and Kendrick Lamar to name a few.  The rapper will partner with Universal Music to take his career on to new levels including extending his global presence.


“At Mabala Noise, our goal as a local label is to position our artists for global success.   It has always been my dream that African artists make it to the global marketplace. This transition to Universal Music will set the stage for Nasty C to command international attention.” commented The New Mabala Noise Boss Sikhulule Nzuza.


Nasty C stated: “It’s definitely an exciting time in my career and I’m fortunate to have been given the creative freedom to make the best decision possible for my career. I’m confident that the road ahead will be a fruitful one.”


Universal Music’s live division, ULive Africa, will invest in Nasty C’s touring activity and in addition, UMG Live will become his exclusive booking agency.



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