This season’s Big Break Segment is giving a chance for up and coming artists to collaborate with industry greats. The collaboration makes it the most engaging part of the show for the second year running. Part of this year’s ensemble for the Big Break Segment and making their continental debut is fast rising east African music acts: The Band BeCa (Kenya) and Bill Nass (Tanzania).
The Kenyan girl duo The Band BeCa is the most infamous girl pairing in Kenya’s music industry at the moment. The duo which consists of Becky Sangolo and Carol Kamweru will collaborate with heavyweights. The list includes AKA and Olamide produced by acclaimed pop music producer: Sketchy Bongo (South Africa).
Coke Studio held an unveiling press conference at the Sarova Stanley Nairobi. Band BeCa’s Carol said, “It’s really overwhelming for upcoming artists like us to be on a big platform like Coke Studio. “We feel like it is an appreciation of our hard work and also our team”. Commenting on the anticipated collabo, she added: “I had never thought of ever doing a collabo with AKA so this is big for us”. Becky of The Band BeCa revealed: “Our dream was to become the Coke Studio Africa backup vocalists but now we are here and so thankful. We have learnt so much from them. They gave us feedback on our songwriting and how to put in that work so we are working towards that to get to their level.”
Despite them being named on MTV’s list for African stars to watch in 2017, it will be interesting to see how the pairing will improve the duo’s vocals, lyrical content and melody choices. Their song “Brathe” was criticised as a poor imitation of once popular girl group Tatu with hints of artists: Amani and Wahu but were evidently better in their song “Tonight” featuring Petra.
Also on the Big Break Segment is young Tanzanian hip hop legend Bill Nass known for his hits “Raha”, “Mazoea” and “Ligi Ndogo”. He will be performing alongside Uganda’s dancehall queen Sheebah Karungi Ethiopia’s Asgegnew Ashko and produced by Malawian-born music producer from South Africa: Gemini Major. He is one of the fastest rising hip-hop artists named by MTV Base in their “50 artistes to watch in 2017 list.
Bill Nass debut
Speaking on his debut in Nairobi during the show’s recording, Bill Nass said: “I feel blessed to be on show, it is good feedback that my talent and hard work is now been recognized,” adding, “Working with Asgegnew and Sheebah is a really good mash up since we are from different cultures and places in Africa and that’s why I love the show because the whole idea and level of production.”
Other Big Break artists on the show will include: Mashayabhuqe (South Africa), Dremo (Nigeria), Denise (Madagascar), Shellsy Baronet (Mozambique), Ozane (Togo), Worlasi (Ghana) and Ykee Benda (Uganda). Uganda’s sensational singer Lydia Jazmine is Coke Studio Africa’s first artist to be featured on the show’s Big Break artist to return only a season later as a main artist.