Defected Records has shared plans to launch an Afro house sub label whose profits will go entirely to South African charity Bridges For Music. Sondela Recordings will inaugurate on February 5th with the release of “Ezizweni” featuring DJ Tira and Luke Ntombela by anonymous artist Hyenah.
Sef Kombo and Louie Dunmore will work as A&Rs for the new imprint, which will join sub labels such as Classic Music Company, Glitterbox Recordings, and DFTD under the Defected Records umbrella. A single by Hyenah makes for a fitting debut release as the masked DJ and producer has championed African music in his RISE residency at Berlin’s Watergate Club.
“I’ve been really happy being part of Sondela, I’ve always wanted to be a part of shining the light on the amazing talents from my home continent, bridging the worlds together to new listeners and also to release amazing future classic records,” said Kombo in a statement. “Even at this early stage in my A&R journey, I’ve learnt so much and so keen to learn more at Sondela.”
“I am so excited to begin my journey with Sondela Records and to be working alongside Sef Kombo,” added Dunmore. “Aligning with Bridges For Music will help me in my own personal development while providing an excellent opportunity to discover creative talent and dig deep to source new music.”
A premiere of Hyenah’s “Ezizweni” featuring DJ Tira and Luke Ntombela can be streamed via Groove Cartel.