Universal Records and Republic Records has joined forces with music mogul Wassim “Sal” Slaiby to launch Universal Arabic Music Label.
According to the Pitchfork Reports, a Universal Arabic Music Label releasing music from the Middle East and North Africa. The first signing is the 17-year-old Jordanian singer-songwriter Issam Alnajjar.
“It’s been my dream to highlight the talent and culture of Arabic music on a global level with partners that I trust and admire.” Slaiby, who will operate as the label’s founder and CEO, said in a press release.
“In today’s global music marketplace, we’ve demonstrated time and again that worldwide hits come from anywhere.” Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said “There is so much talent in this part of the world that with SAL’s incredible experience and intimate knowledge of the MENA [the Middle East and North Africa] region, alongside his track record for helping to break global artists, he will bring a unique vision, strategy, and power to Universal Arabic Music.”