ole Expands Presence in UK
ole has expanded in the UK and Europe with the addition of Hussain Yoosuf (a.k.a. Spek) to the ole team. Spek, based in London, will be responsible for sourcing acquisitions and for promoting the ole catalog in the UK and Europe.
Spek's impressive musical career began with the world-renowned Dream Warriors at the age of 17. He went on to tourwith the British Jazz-Rap crew Us3. In collaboration with musical partner Brian Rose, Spek worked with various members of Jamiroquoi and Nitin Sawhney. Sawhney's breakthrough album Beyond Skin which featured Spek was highly touted by both Sting and Madonna and won the South Bank Album Award and went on to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. His music has also been featured on the hit UK television show the Eastenders.
As an astute marketer and promoter, Spek got his songs into the worldwide marketing campaigns of Nokia, Fox and Dreamworks. In 2003, Spek was asked to co-host the Juno's.
According to the ole's Sr. Partner for International, Ivan Berry, "We're very fortunate to have someone with Spek's diligence, work ethic and connections in the international community representing us in the UK and Europe." Berry adds "Spek's connections and experience on the Indian sub-continent will help us greatly as we move into more international catalog acquisitions."
At ole the goal is to be the home for the best songwriters, composers, management talent and intellectual property investors and the first choice music source for creators in all media.