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Universal confirms Idols judge Randall Abrahams’ departure

2016-03-04 12:54

Johannesburg – After rebuilding Universal Music South Africa and successfully completing the integration of EMI’s South African operations, Randall Abrahams has announced that he will be handing over the reins as Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa.  

In order to assure a smooth transition, Abrahams is staying in his position until 30 April 2016.  Universal Music will announce a successor shortly.
Abrahams, one of South Africa’s best-known music industry figures, familiar to millions as a judge on the top-rated Idols South Africa and SA’s Got Talent television shows, joined Universal Music in June  2012. He is handing over now to focus fully on his wide-ranging business and media interests, including potential television production projects.
Adrian Cheesley, Senior Vice President of Universal Music Group, said: "We’re very appreciative of Randall’s leadership, having joining Universal Music at a key transition time for the company and indeed for the South African music industry.  He has helped position the company for continued creative and commercial growth and we wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career."
Abrahams added, "It's been an honour to lead this company and work with its incredible artists over the last few years. Today's communications and technology innovation mean that African artists and music are moving swiftly on their inexorable journey across the continent and ultimately the globe. Having so enjoyed forging an integrated strategy for Universal Music in the company of the some of the best music industry professionals, I feel it is an opportune moment to focus my attention on a number of diverse creative projects. As a massive music and media fan, I will always be involved on these fronts. I know that the team at Universal Music will continue to take the great business forward."
Since taking over the leadership of Universal Music South Africa, Abrahams has overseen hit projects from domestic stars including Kelly Khumalo, Black Coffee, Elvis Blue, Zahara, Mafikizolo and Revolution and international artists such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith and Mumford and Sons.
In addition to integrating EMI into Universal Music in South Africa, Abrahams led the company’s expansion across the continent, signing agreements and developing partnerships with artists, labels and consumer brands in countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Angola.

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