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Warner Music Group launches Warner Music South Asia, led by Jay Mehta

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Warner Music Group (WMG) has launched Warner Music South Asia, a new entity handling its recorded music operations in markets including Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Warner Music South Asia will operate out of Dubai and be headed by Jay Mehta, who works with Alfonso Perez Soto, Warner Music’s President of Emerging Markets.

In January, WMG announced that it was partnering with prominent Pakistani music and audio production company company Giraffe.

Giraffe has spearheaded the production of Coke Studio Pakistan, which according to WMG “has become the country’s biggest cultural export with almost 15 million subscribers on YouTube“.

In 2023, WMG acquired a majority stake in Divo, a digital media and music company with a significant presence in the Tamil-language market, which is active in Sri Lanka.

Warner Music and Giraffe have now produced Season 15 of Coke Studio Pakistan, the first episode of which is set to drop this Sunday (April 14).

The new season will have 11 songs recorded in English, Punjabi and Urdu. The artist line-up for this season includes the likes of Abdul Hanan, Hassan Raheem, Kaifi Khalil, Norwegian rap duo Karpe, Sabri Sisters, Sajjad Ali, and Shazia Manzoor.

Warner notes that Pakistan is a fast-growing recorded music market of some 250 million people, and “a source of repertoire that particularly resonates with the 90 million Punjabi and Urdu speakers outside the country”.

Meanwhile, more than 167 million people live in Bangladesh, the eighth most populated country in the world, where, WMG notes, “the recorded music market is still in its infancy”.

Nepal and Sri Lanka are markets of some 30 million and 20 million people, both currently largely without a formalized music industry.

“I’m so delighted to launch Warner Music in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other SAARC territories.”

Jay Mehta, Warner Music South Asia

Jay Mehta, Managing Director, Warner Music South Asia, said: “I’m so delighted to launch Warner Music in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other SAARC territories. These are exciting markets with brilliant artists who historically haven’t had the opportunity of plugging into the global music industry. That’s all set to change.”

“With more than 400 million people, and very important and dynamic diasporas, these are sizable markets that the industry is only just beginning to tap.”

Alfonso Perez Soto, Warner Music Group

Alfonso Perez Soto, President, Emerging Markets, Warner Music, added: “I am hugely excited to launch Warner Music South Asia, the new entity we’ve formed to help us connect with artists and communities across Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

“I cannot wait for our upcoming releases from Coke Studio, and other new music, to help bring these cultures to the wider world and provide artists from these markets with our global services.

“With more than 400 million people, and very important and dynamic diasporas, these are sizable markets that the industry is only just beginning to tap.”

“This is a major moment for Warner Music.”

Simon Robson, Warner Music Group

Simon Robson, President, International, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group, said: “This is a major moment for Warner Music. We’re now open for business in a series of countries that have rich musical traditions and strong global connections through their extensive diasporas.

“We’re already working on exciting projects in Pakistan and other territories and there’s much more to come.”Music Business Worldwide

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