The South African music industry has developed over the years, seeing several artists taking control of their music by starting their own record labels and playing a role in keeping the nation dancing and singing.
These Music Moguls in the making have earned respect in the music scene. Here are five record labels owned or founded by some moguls.
Kalawa Jazmee by Oskido
Kalawa was founded by DJ Oskido Mdlongwa, Jazz singer Don Laka and Bruce Sebitlo in the early 90s and when joined by Mandla Spikiri, Mahoota Sibika and M'jokes, it became Kalawa Jazmee that is known today.
The stable signed the biggest name at that time and made Kwaito the biggest genre in SA. It was the home of the artists, who with their music changed the music scene. The company produced successful groups and artists as Boom Shaka, Thebe, Bongo Maffin, Trompies, Mafikizolo, Alaska and Professor.
In 2015 there were rumours that the bosses did not see eye to eye and that they might sell to Sony Music but they refuted the claims as lies.
Afrotainment by DJ Tira
The Durban based label was founded in 2007 from Tira’s vision to save the genre of Kwaito music, which was seemingly losing popularity, as the masses were taken with hip hop. His first artist was DJ Cndo, who fused house music with some kwaito. Tira formed a group Tzozo and Professor together with Kalawa Jazzmee. He was featured on production of their first album that saw the born of Durban kwaito music
Afrotainment also houses the award-winning kwaito group Big Nuz. Other artists that are signed under the label include DJ Fisherman, Duncan, NaakMusiQ and many more.
Soulistic Music was founded by 2016 BET Awards winner Black Coffee in 2005. The label brings a feverish pitch to the music /dance industry. The label used to be the home of Culoe De Song and Shimza, who both attribute their success to Black Coffee.
The label has had a number of digital releases under different international labels such as Real Tone, Innervissions, GOGO Music and Offering Recordings. Soulistic Music is one of the bestselling labels in the digital era; resulting its artists continually performing around the globe.
Family Tree by Cassper Nyovest
Family Tree is an independent record label started in 2014 by rapper Cassper Nyovest, who currently operates as its CEO and its number one selling artist. The label currently has three in-house producers, Almotie "Alie-keyz" Proclaim, Tshego and Gemini Major. Cassper recently signed female rapper Nadia Nakai after losing Chad Da Don.