Otá is a Yoruba word meaning stone, and refers to the stone icons used in the West African spiritual practice of Ifa.
Formed in 1996, Otá Records is an independent production company and record label based in Oakland, California, dedicated to the music of internationally acclaimed Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa. Otá Records has released 16 Omar Sosa CDs, including the groundbreaking Roots Trilogy: Free Roots (OTA1003 – 1997), Spirit of the Roots (OTA1005 – 1999), and Bembón (OTA1007 – March 2000).
DUCHESS BOX RECORDS
Duchess Box Records began in Berlin in 2014 with its debut release from Thee Nathaniel Fregoso And The Bountiful Hearts the new project from The Blood Arm.
The label was set up by Grant Box who had been co owner of the label Snowhite Records (The Sounds, Zoot Woman) before leaving to set up Snowhite PR, a promotion agency based in Berlin with clients such as The Brian Jonestown Masscare and The Dandy Warhols. Duchess Box was set up to release the artists he loved that didn’t have a budget for promotion or a structure for a DIY release.
YIPPEE KI YAY RECORDS
Launched in San Antonio, Texas, Yippee Ki Yay Records was founded in the summer of 2014 with the goal of providing an artist-friendly, fun, and much-needed local platform for releasing a curated selection of garage, punk, and other rock-oriented music. A mixed catalog of Texas tunes soon took shape alongside an international roster from countries like Argentina, Canada, Sweden, and more from across the globe.
Yippee Ki Yay has gained a following promoting not only its artists’ music, but also release parties in DIY spaces, regional caravan tours with Yippee Ki Yay artists, and a successful first showcase at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas in the spring of 2016. Now with Redeye Worldwide set as a distributor, Yippee Ki Yay is planning a variety of to-be-announced full-length projects from Texas artists and international artists currently in their early stages of recording, mixing, and mastering.