Johannesburg – Gallo Music Publishers (GMP) has signed a deal with Sony Music Publishing Company (SMP) that will put iconic South African music and songwriters on the world stage.
The deal was confirmed by SMP president Guy Henderson, who said the agreement would give South African songwriters and copyrighted catalogue material an international profile.
According to Henderson, the company will also provide its administration services to collect, distribute and expedite royalty payments.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Gallo Music Publishers to the Sony Music Publishing family. With its tremendous roster of writers, the history of Gallo is the history of South African music. Having started my career at Gallo many years ago, I’m thrilled to be reunited with celebrated works from the likes of Lucky Dube, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Stimela, Sipho Mabuse, Caiphus Semenya and so many others. Together, with Sony Music Publishing’s great roster of writers, we look forward to taking the best of African music to the rest of the world,” said Henderson.
The general manager of GMP, Rob Cowling, said they have been working to establish the deal for a long time and he was hopeful it will go a long way in promoting South African music and uplifting the lives of artists.
“We are very excited to announce this partnership which has been a long time in the making. We feel our vast catalog and administration of this rich AFRICAN heritage of songs outside of Africa’s borders is in good hands with Sony Music Publishing. Their extensive network of professionals and systems as well as a UK team, with some African roots and knowledge of the content, will be a valuable asset in managing GMP’s works and driving revenues for our composers, and their beneficiaries,” said Cowling.
GMP is the publishing arm of South Africa’s Gallo Record Company and is home to some of South Africa’s most legendary songwriters.
Its catalogue comprises some of the most iconic copyrights in South Africa’s rich heritage of musical works through the decades.
GMP has been in existence for 95 years.