When two music greats join forces, the outcome is magical music. Frequent collaborators and longtime friends, Larry Gaaga (Vice President A&R, DefJam Africa) and multiple award-winning superstar 2baba are proud to announce they are joining forces to form a new super duo called “The Kabal”.
In making the announcement, Larry Gaaga said: “we always knew this collaboration was going to happen, it was only a matter of time. This is part of the fulfilment of the promises I made to elevate African music as Vice President, A&R at Def Jam Africa.”
2baba also shared his excitement, he states, “I couldn’t be happier and more excited to be doing this with my brother and friend, Larry Gaaga, and with a label as iconic as Def Jam.”
Sipho Dlamini, CEO, South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa, Universal Music also spoke about the duo. He states, “it is exciting to see two legendary true African talents like Larry Gaaga and 2baba come together to create a super duo this iconic. This is the stamp of excellence in black music Def Jam is known for.”
As their first act after the announcement of their formation, The Kabal releases its first single called “Mad Over Hills” which features superstar rapper Falz the Bhad Guy. On the Marvio-produced track, 2baba and Falz tell the stories of conditional love, passionate desire and heartbreak.
In 2023, the duo is set to release its first project titled “The Birth” under Def Jam Recordings Africa. The Birth is the amalgamation of sounds, stories and cultures from across the continent, and it features the biggest stars the continent has ever produced.
Listen here to Mad Over Hill ft Falz here: https://thekabal.lnk.to/MOH
About Def Jam Africa
Since its launch in May 2020, Def Jam Africa has become the label home to some of the biggest names in hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap talent from the continent. Def Jam Africa’s flagship roster includes several of the most influential, successful, and followed African talent including: Boity, Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Tshego, Tellaman, Ricky Tyler, Stonebwoy and Nasty C, who has since signed to Def Jam Recordings in the United States, through a joint venture with Universal Music Africa. Having recently signed two of the most exciting emerging rappers out of South Africa, Luka Pryce and Lucas Raps, as well as one of the continent’s most respected hip hop artists, Stogie T; who has been indorsed as the true voice for Black youth across Africa – Def Jam Africa remains focused on establishing a community of artists, that will push the boundaries of hip-hop and culture from Africa, to reach new audiences globally.
About Def Jam Recordings
Founded in 1984, Def Jam Recordings has represented the cutting-edge in hip-hop music for more than 35 years. Def Jam began as a maverick independent label inspired by downtown New York City’s vibrant street culture and the emerging sound of hip-hop, pioneered by iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the following two decades, Def Jam established its dominance with superstar acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and the inimitable Kanye West. Now in its fourth decade, Def Jam’s music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand – synonymous with creativity, quality and authenticity – encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars like West, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Logic, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Vince Staples, Jeremih, Big Sean, YG, 2 Chainz, Dave East, and Jhene Aiko, among others. Today, Def Jam has reaffirmed its passion for and commitment to hip-hop culture and has expanded its global brand reach to become the most-followed major label on all major social media platforms.
About Universal Music Group
At Universal Music Group, we exist to shape culture through the power of artistry. UMG is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content. Featuring the most comprehensive catalogue of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans.