Yoel Kenan, Founder & CEO
Yoel has over 25 years experience in the international music industry at senior executive level in the fields of A&R (Artist & Repertoire), marketing and business development at Universal, Sony-BMG and Mp3.com. Since 2005, Yoel has focused his attention on the burgeoning African music business, managing leading African artists, launching labels in South Africa and Nigeria, and developing music strategy for international brands and ad agencies. In 2009, Yoel founded Africori.
Neil Naidoo, Business Development (South Africa)
Neil oversees content acquisition and business development in South Africa, liaising with artists, labels, partners and brands to create new digital revenue streams and maximise opportunities for the Africori catalogue. Prior to joining Africori, Neil ran his own company managing South African songwriters and producers, placing music on various high-profile albums and commercials in South Africa and Europe.
Adam Tiran, Operations & Licensing (UK)
Adam oversees the distribution supply chain, artist and label liaison and digital marketing from our London office. He also handles licensing for the Africori catalogue. With a background in PR and journalism, Adam’s input extends to presiding over communications and creative opportunities. By night, Adam flies the flag for African dance music as a DJ and promoter around London.
Nicolas Winicki, Finance (UK)
Nicolas coordinates with our business partners and various offices across the continent. With a background in Finance and M&A experience, Nicolas provides Analytics and Finance for the group. Nicolas has been involved with Africori since its inception as an external advisor and is now fully part of the team.
Craig van Rensburg, Content Manager (South Africa)
Craig has worked with music in many different guises over the last 12 years, working in events, promotions, brand activations, as well as being a DJ and producer on the dance music circuit in South Africa. He brings an unyielding energy and overall understanding of the industry to his role as Content Manager, monitoring all incoming new releases, as well as handling administration for our publishing department.
Sam Haskins, Video Manager (South Africa)
As Video Manager, Sam oversees all incoming video content, channel management and ownership conflict resolution across YouTube, VEVO and other video platforms. His role also extends to artist and label relations and content acquisition. With a foundation in events management and marketing, Sam also moonlights as a DJ in the clubs of Johannesburg and further afield.
Goodwill Nkuna, Sales (South Africa)
Goodwill Nkuna, a sales veteran in the South African music industry, has extensive experience both in retail and the recording business, having worked for Musica, BMG (Sony Music) and Warner Music (Gallo). Goodwill has built a substantial network, ranging from record company executives, artists and producers, to music buyers and leading independent stores.
Nandi Mthimkhulu, Administration (South Africa)
Nandi brings a vast and varied experience of the local music business in South Africa, having joined Cool Spot Music, one of the country’s leading independent labels, in 2005. She provides support to the South African operation, administering the extensive catalogue, dealing with local radio stations and collecting societies.
Joseph Samuel, Content (Nigeria)
Joe has been involved in music promotion in Nigeria for the past 17 years, having worked with many of the country’s leading artists, including Yinka Davies, Daddy Fresh, Yellow Banton and Emete, and record labels Nation Africa and Orangootan. He has also worked on some of Nigeria’s top live events in stage management roles, most notably Star Mega Jam.
Titilope Adesanya, Communications (South Africa)
Nigerian-born, Johannesburg-based, Titi is first and foremost a passionate advocate for African music, whose foundations lie in radio production (VOW FM, Trans Africa Radio). Handling communications for Africori, she oversees editorial output, social media management, public relations and plugging services and partnerships.