The ‘Tucheze’ singer signed the deal at Sony Music Entertainment Africa’s offices in Johannesburg, South Africa – the announcement coming ahead of the release of his 18-track album. Dynasty, which is set to launch on March 25.
“I am delighted to announce a partnership with Sony Music Africa,” said Ferre Gola. “This is a great opportunity, not just for me, but for Congolese rumba which I strongly embrace.
“This partnership will be the first in a long series of our country and I am happy to be the flagship artist. Sony Music Africa’s global network will allow my voice and the music I represent, Congolese rumba, to to be taken on a global scale and I am very proud of this step in my career.
Sean Watson, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa, said: “It is a proud moment that an artist of Ferre’s caliber has made the decision to partner with us at Sony. We’re thrilled to partner with him to bring his incredible music to the ears of as many fans as possible.
The singer joins South African artists 25K and DJ Emotionz, among other African musicians, signed to Sony Music.
Ferre Gola, born Hervé Gola Bataringe, began exploring his musical abilities with the legendary group Wenge Musica in the 1990s when he demonstrated the full extent of his talent through the song “Vita Imana”. He then participated in the creation of ‘Marquis de Maison Mère (100 kilos)’ and then joined the Latin Quarter orchestra of Koffi Olomide in 2005.
After collective success, he embarked on a solo career in 2006 and has released four albums in 10 years. His first two albums, No entry (2007) and Who’s Behind You (2009), sold over 100,000 copies. Ferre Gola has won numerous awards at the MTV Africa Music Awards, Kora Awards, Afrika Muzik Magazine Awards and Kunde Awards.