Do you love African music? Do you love it when your favorite local artists team up with musicians from around the continent? Well then, you must love Coke Studio Africa 2017 – a purely collaborative platform for African artists to do what they do best. For those of you who are not familiar with Coke Studio, where have you been? But don’t worry, here are some quick facts on everything you need to know about your soon to be favorite TV show;
- Previously there was Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa. The two have been merged to form one bigger, better show now called - Coke Studio Africa 2017. The countries featuring are South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia and Cameroon.
- Artists performing this year include Khaligraph Jones & Band Becca from Kenya, Rayvanny, Izzo Bizness, Nandy from Tanzania, Sami Dan from Ethiopia, Bebe Cool, Eddy Kenzo and Sheebah, Ykee Benda representing Uganda, Nasty C, Busiswa, Mashayabhuqe from South Africa, Youssoupha from Democratic Republic of Congo, Runtown and Yemi from Nigeria. And that’s only a few of the names on the lineup!
- Musical talent doesn’t just exist on stage. There’s also an impressive array of producers from around the continent. Some of them include Yuvir Pillay Nivedan a.k.a Sketchy Bongo from South Africa, Kiff No beat from Ivory Coast, Nahreel from Tanzania.
- If you’re familiar with the show, then you know that big names beyond the African border love to make an appearance. International musicians like Wyclef Jean, Neyo and Trey Songz have starred on previous seasons. This time round it’s the guy who keeps on churning out tunes like Talking Dirty, Wiggle and most recently Swalla. Yes, it’s Jason Derulo.
- One of the elements that makes Coke Studio Africa 2017 so unique and entertaining to watch, is the specially formatted performances. Artists come together to create and perform music in different ways, to show off their own unique styles as well as complement one another. There’s also ‘The Originals’ where the singers create a fresh new song from scratch. There’s the ‘Big Break Artists’ where musicians who have a lot of potential and haven’t quite made it yet, get to collaborate with the continent’s biggest acts. This year, sees the introduction of ‘The Throwback’. This is where singers perform hits that they used to listen to back in the day.
- Social media is evolving quickly. We are constantly being presented with new and exciting ways to communicate and share content, and Coke Studio Africa 2017 is a perfect example. This year, for the first time the show used Instagram Stories as well as Snapchat, to keep fans up to date as well as to promote User Generated Content.
By maintaining the classic fan favorites, and adding new elements to the show Coke Studio Africa 2017, promises to surpass the standards it set for itself last year.