Hardstone signed to Atlantic records

One of the pioneers of Kenyan hip-hop, Hardstone, has landed a recording deal with Atlantic Records, making him the first East African to sign with the label.

Hardstone, who is based in the US, blazed the trail with his ground- breaking song Uhiki in the early 1990s, which ushered in an era of Kenyan hip-hop done in Swahili and Sheng languages.

Hardstone
Hardstone

Commenting on the news, Hardstone reportedly told Word Is: "I'm very humble to be here, just came from the biggest meeting of my life which puts an important mark and an international presence in the global market... I'm just blessed to have a chance to showcase my talent and open up an eye to the international community what Kenya and East Africa as a whole got to offer."

Atlantic Records is a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group and is home to global superstars like Missy Elliot, Wiz Khalifa, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Janelle Monae, Estelle, Trey Songz and Charli XCX.

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