5 Things About Coke Studio Africa’s 2019 Season
Coke Studio Africa—the continent’s biggest music show and Coca-Cola’s music flagship show in Africa returns for its sixth edition in 2019. Lovers of the collaborative show should expect to experience exciting new music fusions: from covers, throwbacks and unplugged versions, to original compositions. Here is a snippet of what to expect on the new season, which hits TV screens across Africa from February 2019:
New theme pegged on Pride & Celebration
The culmination of the show will be a source of celebration for African content while highlighting different music genres, cultures and reunions. Similar to past seasons, the Pan African show will feature top music acts and producers drawn from a host of countries. The artists will hail from the Sub Saharan Africa countries that include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa, among others.
2018 Christmas Playlist
Every year, Coke Studio Africa releases Christmas hits with an urban pop twist remade by the stars appearing on the show. In December 2018, prior to the premiere of the new season, the show released a Christmas Playlist featuring “Deck The Halls” performed by two of Africa’s rising hip hop stars; Laylizzy and Fik Fameica (Uganda), “12 Days of Sikuku” by Moji ShortBaba (Kenya) and “Joy To The World” by Skales (Nigeria). The Coke Studio Africa Playlist is now available on YouTube.
Kenyan hip-hop kahuna Khaligraph Jones - recently crowned Best rapper in Africa at the 2018 AFRIMMA Awards, Ugandan music queen Sheebah Karungi and from Tanzania: the BET award-winner Rayvanny and top bongo flava songstress Nandy are among five of the music acts returning on the new season of Coke Studio. Nigerian music producer GospelOnDeBeatz is the only producer making a return for a second time. All these acts will be among over 25 other bright stars from Africa that are expected to feature on the show.
Super 8 Producers
Coke Studio Africa has already selected a cross section of leading African music producers, who are known as trend setters and pioneers of emerging African sound, to join the new season. They include GospelOnDaBeatz, Krizbeatz, Lizer, Rophnan, Daddy Andre, Young DLC and Viola Karuri. The Super-8 Music Producers will be engineering song fusions and collaborations from more than 25 Africans featured on the new season.
Big Break Stars
For a third year in a row, the show has enlisted several rising stars to collaborate with industry greats. They include Kenyan songstress Nadia Mukami, Mimi Mars (Tanzania), “Julia” hitmaker from Uganda – Alvin Kizz, Kizomba singer Valter Artistico from Mozambique and Zimbabwean vocalist Tamy Moyo. Lydia Jazmine (Uganda) is a former Big Break artist who came back to the show as a main act, after blowing up right after her debut on the show. In 2019, Mozambique’s former Big Break act Shellsy Baronet will come back to the show as a main act.