Yoel Kenan

CEO – Africori South Africa


Yoel Kenan is the founder and CEO of AFRICORI, a music company specialising in label services, digital distribution, synch licensing and publishing to artists, writers, publishers, labels and other music rights holders in Africa. 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

Yoel started his career in France organizing concerts and launching an independent record label before joining Universal Music. He then moved to London to work at Universal Music International where he served in various positions in areas of marketing, A&R and new technology. In 2001 he was appointed as the CEO of Europe, the continents leading digital music portal. Yoel later joined SonyBMG as its Senior Vice President of International Marketing and Business Development where he was responsible for the international marketing strategies for artists such as Dido, Avril Lavine & Christina Aguilera as well as developing new revenue streams for the company. In 2005, Yoel moved to Africa to develop new digital business opportunities for the music industry across the continent.

Africori is based in Johannesburg and has offices in Lagos and London and representation in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Ghana. Africori is also home to "Coolspot Music", one of South Africa¹s leading independent record labels.