Temple Music (TMPL) is kicking-off an international partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation with a debut album entitled Lokoja by ex-Project Fame West Africa Winner, Jeff Akoh.
The synergy now means that Lokoja will be distributed globally by the American entertainment company which is also home to international music heavyweights like Rihanna, Beyonce and Big Sean among others.
As a foretaste, Temple Music is releasing a new single, “Water + Fire” featuring Jeff and Bisola on vocals and Tee-Y Mix on production. The single is just a small taste of what to expect from The Temple in the near future.
Jeff’s genre bending body of work features production from Tee-Y Mix, Cobhams Asuquo, Team Salut and DJ Coublon, amongst others. This album is for anybody who loves good music. There’s no other way to put it.
Following on Jeff’s project, we can expect a debut album from Bisola in the first quarter of 2018. She’s already in the studio working on her music and getting her features in as well.
In 18 months, the Temple Management Company has established itself as a formidable force in the talent actualization and optimization space.
Identifying a gap in the market, Temple Management Company has established Temple Music for the development, production, promotion and distribution of young African talent. There are six acts signed to Temple Music and they are singers 9ice, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Jeff Akoh and Bisola Aiyeola, Chris Akinyemi, Aaron Monroe and award winning producer Tee-Y Mix and Adey, rave producer.
With an ever-expanding client base that includes veterans (DJ Jimmy Jatt, 9ice, Iyanya) and future stars (Jeff Akoh, MaryLove Edwards) alike, the goal of bringing the best African talent to the world is unwavering and stronger than ever (East Africa).
TMC’s footprint is felt in East and South Africa with a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya and partnership with Sandton-based, urban digital platform Touch HD. In Kenya, TMC now represents some of the country’s best including Blinky Bill, DJ Mix Master Lenny, DJ Adrian, Shaffie Weru, Khaligraph.
The Group Chief Executive of Temple, Idris Olorunnimbe, said this announcement was a watershed in the history of music in Africa. “With the launch of Temple Music, we are now positioned as a uniquely Pan-African label”, he said. “We will coordinate releases to synchronise in unison from Lagos to Lesotho and from Nairobi to Niamey.”
Also speaking, Group Chairman, Mr. Tunde Folawiyo, “Today marks another logical and major step in the journey we began approximately two years ago. Our declared mission to champion excellence for the benefit of our clients (the Temple family) is in its infancy and we strongly believe that with the love and support of our stakeholders across our great continent, success will be ours.
Tbo Touch, CEO of Touch HD and Managing Director of Temple South Africa said he was very excited for the opportunities of a “borderless Africa.”
“I am excited to be part of a movement that is borderless and that exports Africa’s best talents to the world,” Touch said. “The world is about to experience a new superpower.”