Since unveiling Jason Derulo in front of hundreds of top media from east Africa on Monday 12th June 2017 at a Coke Studio Africa Nairobi press conference, the show has rolled out an impressive roaster. The list has seen various talented artists such as: Sauti Sol (Kenya), Dela (Kenya), Rayvanny (Tanzania), Bebe Cool (Uganda), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Falz (Nigeria), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia), Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe), Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroon), Denise (Madagascar) and Producer DJ Maphorisa (South Africa).
Among the debut artists are central Africa’s finest: Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast), Shado Chris (Ivory Coast), Locko (Cameroon) and Ozane (Togo). They join in the year that Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa to make one, bigger and better show.
On the show, Locko in collaboration with Tresor, a Congolese artist from South Africa will be produced by top Malawian music producer from South Africa: Gemini Major. Locko is also set to feature in a special Coke Studio episode themed ‘Global Fusion Edition’ alongside the show’s international guest star – American R&B/pop icon – Jason Derulo alongside 10 African stars.
Speaking on his debut on the show, Locko said, “It is an incredible experience. I have met many people that are so talented. The song I recorded and performed with Tresor is going to be a surprise!” adding, “Coke Studio is a bridge that is taking music from different parts of Africa and putting them together to songs that can flourish even after the Coke Studio experience.”
Kiff No Beat is an Ivorian group signed to Universal Music Africa and declared as the top 30 under 30 in French-speaking Africa by Forbed in 2015 known for the popular songs “Pause” and “Noushi Boy” will be collaborate with Wawa Salegy (Madagascar/Mauritius) and Freeda (Namibia) and be produced by Nigerian music producer Gospel On De Beatz.
Another Ivorian artist Shado Chris known for the banger “J’S8 Jahin Pret” will also make his debut on the show but as one of the show’s music producers. He will be producing the artist pairings of Rayvanny (Tanzania) and Dji Tafhina (Angola), Avril (Kenya) and Izzo Bizness (Tanzania), and Nasty C (South Africa) and Runtown (Nigeria). Other Coke Studio Africa – 2017 producers will include Nahreel (Tanzania), Sketchy Bongo (South Africa), Gemini Major (Malawi), Gospel on the Beatz (Nigeria), Killbeatz (Ghana) and Legendary Beatz (Nigeria, Masterkraft (Nigeria).
Coke Studio Africa is giving a chance to fast rising, up and coming, artists on the Big Break segment of the show where they get to collaborate with industry greats. Togo’s Big Break act will be Ozane, paired alongside Nigerian dancehall King Patoranking and Tanzania’s Alikiba in music fusions produced by Nigerian producer Masterkraft.
Ozane spoke on his debut on the show: “Being on Coke Studio Africa is good experience for me! I am quite happy and honored to be part! As a reggae and Dancehall artist and a great fan of Patoranking and we shared a common interest so it was good working with him and Alikiba too who has good vibes!”
Back for a fifth time this year and including more African countries and super stars representing different regions, Coke Studio Africa is set to take over households with mega live performances and exclusive behind the scenes documentation of how hit songs are created.
The show will premiere from August 2017 across more than 30 countries across Africa.