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24 March 2022 – Congolese singer, dancer, singer-songwriter and producer, Ferre Gola, officially joins the Sony Music Entertainment Africa Family. Active in the music industry since the end of the 1990s, Ferre Gola is a true icon of Congolese rumba. About his signing, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa, Sean Watson, commented: “It’s a proud moment having an artist of Ferre’s calibre make the decision to partner with us at Sony. We’re excited about joining forces with him to bring his amazing music to the ears of as many fans as we can.” 

When asked how he feels about joining the Sony family, Ferre said: “I am thrilled to announce partnership with Sony Music Africa. This is a great opportunity, not just for me, but the Congolese Rumba that I strongly embrace. This partnership will be the first of many from our country and I am happy to be the flagship artist. Sony Music Africa’s global network will allow my voice and the music I represent, the Congolese rumba, to be carried globally and I am very proud of this step in my career.”

Ferre Gola, whose real name is Hervé Gola Bataringe, began exploring music in a music band. During his remarkable passage within the legendary group Wenge Musica, he demonstrated the full extent of his talent through the song “Vita Imana”. He then participated in the creation of the Marquis de Maison Mère (100 kilos) and also joined Koffi Olomidé’s Quartier Latin orchestra in 2005 (Insecticide). After these collective successes, Ferre Gola embarked on his solo career in 2006, releasing 4 albums in 10 years. His first two albums, “Sens Interdit” (2007) and “Qui est derrière toi” (2009) sold over 100,000 copies. Since 2013, Ferre Gola has had a string of victories and nominations – Best Francophone Artist at the 21st edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards; and he was chosen as the best Central African artist at the Kora Awards, Afrika Muzik Magazine Awards and Kunde Awards. On stage, Ferre Gola shakes up the crowds from Abidjan (Ivory Coast) to Johannesburg (South Africa) via Yaoundé (Cameroon), Luanda (Angola) to Paris. He has notably performed in France at the Zénith and Élysée Montmartre.

Next up, Ferre Gola is planning on dropping his new project ‘Dynastie’ that is designed to appeal to music lovers of all ages. Ferre Gola demonstrates yet again that he is able to tackle all styles of music and music genre without ever distorting its very essence but enhancing them with “La Ferre Golaʼs touch” : “Jesus de nuances”, the man with many vocal nuances.

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