After singing him, Universal Music Group (UMG) label divisions Def Jam Recordings, 0207 Def Jam, and Def Jam Africa released Stonebwoy’s first single.
‘Therapy,’ the song, was released on May 3, 2022.
This comes after they officially announced Stonebwoy’s global signing to the label.
Def Jam Africa will represent his music throughout Africa, while Def Jam Recordings will become his label home in the United States, with 0207 Def Jam promoting the record in the United Kingdom.
We are buzzing as we welcome Ghanaian Afro-pop legend @stonebwoy to the Def Jam Recordings Africa Family.
— Def Jam Recordings Africa (@defjamafrica) May 3, 2022
This label collaboration exemplifies UMG’s global commitment to introducing Stonebwoy’s eclectic sound and Ghanaian music culture to new audiences worldwide.
Listen and Stream: https://stoneb.lnk.to/TherapyID
Stonebwoy is an award-winning African artist who has been firmly putting the continent on the musical map since 2012 through international touring, standout collaborations, and massively popular singles.
Therapy follows an already illustrious career that includes four albums, countless hit songs, and movie roles, not to mention his philanthropic work as part of the ‘Livingston Foundation,’ which educates young Africans and elevates the youth of Ghana.
Dlamini, Universal Music’s CEO for South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, is thrilled to welcome yet another African megastar to the Def Jam roster.
“Stonebwoy is a true African talent,” he says. He strives to uplift the hearts and spirits of those around him while creating new sounds that continue to blow the world away. We’re excited to see what 2022 has in store for him.”
“I’m thrilled to welcome Stonebwoy to the Def Jam Family in collaboration with Sipho and 0207,” said Tunji Balogun, chairman and CEO of Def Jam.
“The Def Jam brand is recognized all over the world as a stamp of excellence in black music, and as we continue to strengthen our musical bond in important markets like Africa and the UK, dynamic, talented artists like Stonebwoy will lead the way,” he added. This is fantastic music from a unique artist who deserves to be heard everywhere.”
“Stonebwoy is one of the great Ghanaian-based modern music artists and ambassadors,” said Alec and Alex Boateng, co-Presidents of 0207 Def Jam. The opportunity to amplify his outstanding talent with Def Jam Recordings alongside Sipho, Def Jam Africa, and Tunji is very exciting, especially with him becoming a member of our world-class Def Jam artist family. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of many more collaborative projects.”
The single Therapy will be available on all streaming platforms on May 3rd, and the accompanying hot video, shot in Ghana, will be available on May 13th. The track, which is essentially a love song, kicks hard with a driving beat and all the right flavor for dance floors all over the world.
Livingston Satekla, aka Stonebwoy, is no stranger to success. In his career, he has been described as the king of ragga and dancehallin’ for Africa, having received numerous acclaimed awards such as Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards, Artist of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards, and two Billboard plaques.
He has collaborated with international artists such as Keri Wilson, Sean Paul, Trey Songz, Burna Boy, Alpha Blondie, and many more – and has rocked stages from the United Kingdom to the United States, Australia, Italy, Puerto Rico, and Amsterdam, making his electrifying touring an integral part of his career.
Stonebwoy is also active and engaging on social media, with 4 million Instagram followers and another 3 million on Facebook, making him one of Africa’s most followed performers. In 2022, Stonebwoy’s potential is limitless.