Sun Oct 23 09:49:27 SAST 2016

Idols SA judge Randall Abrahams to leave Universal Music

Mar 4, 2016 | SundayWorld |

Randall Abrahams is set to leave Universal Music end.

Famous for his role as a judge on Idols South Africa, Abrahams is vacating his position as the Managing Director of Universal Music.

Abrahams, who has been with the record label since 2012 is looking at focusing his attention on business and media interests which includes a potential television production project.

His successor has not been named but Abrahams is expected to hold his position at least until end of April.

"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," said Senior Vice President of Universal Music Group, Adrian Cheesley.

"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."

It is not clear whether this move will have any impact on his role as the Idols SA judge.

Abrahams said that he has been honoured to be at the forefront of the company and to have worked with "incredible artists" such as Mafikizolo, Zahara, Black Coffee, Kelly Khumalo and more.

"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," he said.

"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".

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