Publishing Briefs: Warner Chappell Signs Capital Bra, Sony/ATV Partners With Content Connect Africa

Capital Bra
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Capital Bra

German rapper Capital Bra has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music.

Capital Bra is one of the most popular artists in Germany, having racked up over 1.4 billion streams and 21 No. 1 singles in the country, including the recent hits “Baby” and “Nicht verdient.” He is known as one of the main purveyors of the sound known as Deutschrap.

Born Vladislav Balovatsky in Russia, Capital Bra began rapping at age 11 and launched his career with the popular battle rap tournament Rap am Mittwoch. He released his debut studio album, Kuku Bra, in 2016, followed by Makarov Complex and Blvat in 2017 and Berlin Lebt and Allein in 2018. His sixth studio album, CB6, was the first to be released on the rapper’s label, Bra Music; last year he also released Berlin Lebt 2, a collaborative album with rapper Samra that launched four No. 1 singles. On the horizon, he has the album CB7 slated for release later this year, as well as a separate project to be released under the performance name Joker Bra.

Warner Chappell Music represents several Deutschrap songwriters, including 187 Strassenbande, Apache 207, Bausa, Bozza, Capo, Celo & Abdi, Farid Bang, Jamule, JuhDee, Juju, KMN Gang, Luciano Miksu & Macloud, Reezy, Stickle and Summer Cem.



Sony/ATV Music Publishing South Africa and content and music aggregator, distributor and production company Content Connect Africa (CCA) have entered a new strategic partnership that will provide Sony/ATV’s publishing services to CCA’s roster of artists and composers across Africa. CCA includes Content Connect International (Nigeria), CCG (Ghana) and CCA Uganda under its umbrella.

The partnership will additionally launch digital education workshops on the continent in an effort to educate and empower composers and authors with information on how to protect their copyrights, while providing additional revenue opportunities for them to develop their careers.

“Our partnership with Sony/ATV will create revenue opportunities for a vast majority of composers and authors in Africa who have not claimed royalties for all aspects of their written compositions,” said CCA CEO Antos Stella in a statement. “The opportunity will also provide these composers a global presence when it comes to synchronization, collaborations and placement of songs with other artists in the Sony/ATV roster and beyond.”



Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jairo Zavala (p.k.a. DePedro) has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner Chappell that covers his upcoming works. Zavala’s previous work with rock bands Vacazul and 3000 Hombres are part of a separate deal with Warner Chappell Spain, which also represents the writer’s share of Zavala’s full catalog. Sony/ATV retains an interest in the existing DePedro catalog.

Raised in Barcelona, Zavala started his career with Vacazul and 3000 Hombres in the 1990s before moving on to write for artists including Amparanoia and Los Coronas. He’s also collaborated with the band Calexico for the past 15 years.

In 2007, Zavala released his debut solo album as DePedro, which featured the singles “Como el Viento” and “La Memoria.” His sophomore album, Nubes de Papel, was released in 2010 in both Spanish and English-language editions; he later released the album La Increible Historia de un Hombre Bueno (featuring singles “Casualidades” and “Hombre Bueno”) in 2013 and De Pasaiero in 2016. His next album is slated for release in spring 2021.



Independent music publisher Strictly Confidential has signed Belgian rapper Zwangere Guy to a worldwide publishing agreement covering his full catalog and future releases. Guy’s debut album Wie Is Guy and its follow-up Brutaal both hit number one on the Belgium charts.

Guy joins Balthazar, Charlotte Adigéry, Jonathan Jeremiah ao, Glints and blackwave on the Strictly Confidential roster.



Sony/ATV Nashville has signed a worldwide publishing deal with emerging singer-songwriter Kyle Clark that covers his catalog and future works.

The 22-year-old Clark has opened for artists including Kane Brown, Randy Houser and Darius Rucker. He teamed with Sony/ATV and Tree Vibez songwriter and producer Jordan Schmidt on his self-titled debut EP, which was released April 17 and featured songs including “Like the World’s Gonna End” and “First Time Feels”.