Two of Africa’s biggest music acts: Olamide King Baddo (Nigeria) and AKA (South Africa) are in Kenya, Nairobi, to participate in the recording of Coke Studio Africa – 2017, set to premiere across different countries from Sept, 2017. The two will be produced by top South African producer Sketchy Bongo, and set to deliver one of Africa’s biggest collabos thus far. The music created will be performed live alongside Coke Studio’s highly talented band.

Famously known as Baddo by his numerous fans across Nigeria, many will wonder how Olamide came about the nickname and if he such a ‘bad guy’? “I got the nickname from the street. People have been calling me that name right from the time I was in school. But then, I am not a bad guy. It’s just a nickname,” the musician has stated.

The rapper, in 2013 signed with luxury vodka Cîroc making him the company’s first Nigerian ambassador putting him amongst other international representatives like Rick Ross and French Montana. Later he also signed with giant “Guinness” under the “Guinness made of black” campaign.

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Baddo, the boss of YBNL – Nigerian top label –released a new track while in Nairobi named “Summer Body”. While speaking at Homeboyz Radio, Olamide spoke about returning to Coke Studio Africa, and the importance of the show in uniting Africa. Coke Studio Africa is a platform that shows what our leaders should do – unite our people and make it known to the people that no matter where you are coming from – we are one. The music movement is taking place allover Africa just like the show – we are one,” adding, “It’s high time for Africa to take over the world, and the whole world is watching.”

Olamide performing at Olamide Live In Concert (OLIC, 2014) Photo by Emily Nkanga/Wiki commons

AKA has opened for Kanye West, Snoop dogg, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar in their South African tours. He has won many awards including “Best Street Urban Music Album” and “Male Artist of the Year” at the 18th South African Music Awards (SAMA) and signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music through its new local urban label Sound African recordings.

AKA is confident that his pairing with Olamide will produce magic that will light households across Africa. He says: “Olamide is a big artist in his own right and even from his country and across the continent – I think our fans will be very eager to hear what our collabo sounds like, we have a great producer Sketchy Bongo known for his great productions and producing many great artists.” From South Africa to West Africa and beyond – get ready for one of Africa’s biggest Coke Studio collaborations this year.

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AKA who has been riding high with his latest solo releases: “Caiphus Song” and “The World Is Yours” makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa, this year. Last year, he was paired with Patoranking on Coke Studio ZA. Their original song “Special Fi Mi” was a massive tune, which went on to chart airwaves across Africa and the UK. After the show, the two went on to shoot a music video for the song. Olamide returns to Coke Studio Africa – 2017, since the show’s third season where he was paired with Mozambican Queen of Marrabenta Neyma and produced by legendary Kenyan producer Musyoka.

We can definitely say this is one of the more exciting pairings to come out of the season. Olamide’s youthful Yoruba swagger and AKAs more hardcore rap style finished off with Sketchy Bongos music genius should make for a versatile combination whose result we can’t wait to hear.