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Spotlight on Coke Studio Africa - 2017 Super 8 Producers

Publishing Date : 04 September, 2017

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Each new season, Coke Studio Africa music producers engineer music fusions from the Coke Studio Africa artists featured on the show. On this year’s edition dubbed ‘Coke Studio Africa - 2017’, the show has enlisted Africa’s hottest music producers, responsible for orchestrating the biggest hits taking over airwaves and dance floors across Africa.


They include: Nahreel (Tanzania), Sketchy Bongo (South Africa), Gemini Major (Malawi/South Africa), Gospel on the Beatz (Nigeria), Killbeatz (Ghana), Shado Chris (Ivory Coast), Masterkraft (Nigeria) and DJ Maphorisa (South Africa). Nahreel is one of East Africa’s most celebrated music producers of our time. The multi-talented artist returns to Coke Studio Africa for a second time as a producer this year. He will be producing original music and collaboration fusions from the following artist pairings: Mr. Bow (Mozambique) and Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe) paired with Uganda’s Ykee Benda; Laura Beg (Mauritius) and Sami Dan (Ethiopia); Nandy (Tanzania) and Betty G (Ethiopia).


Superstar producer from South Africa, DJ Maphorisa, is behind some of Africa’s biggest club bangers like “Tchelete” by Mafikizolo/Davido and his very own Soweto Baby with Wizkid. He is back on the show for the second time this time producing the collaborations including: Khaligraph (Kenya) and Bruce Melodie (Rwanda) and Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Youssoupha (Congo).


Nigerian heavy weight producer Masterkraft just released a new album “UNLIMITED”. He makes a second return on the show producing several artist pairings including Alikiba (Tanzania) and Patoranking (Nigeria); Sauti Sol (Kenya) and Chidinma (Nigeria); Mi Casa (South Africa) and Anselmo Ralph (Angola). Together with DJ Maphorisa, the two will additionally be co-producing music on Coke Studio’s special episode dubbed  ‘Global Fusion Edition’ featuring this year’s international guest star Global R&B/pop icon Jason Derulo alongside 11 African stars.

All the 5 other producers are making their debut on the show. Gospel On Da Beatz from Nigeria will be producing three artist pairings: Falz (Nigeria) and Bebe Cool (Uganda); Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast) and Wawa Salegy (Madagascar); Joey B (Ghana) and Amanda Black (South Africa).

Sketchy Bongo is one of the most prominent music producers and DJs in South Africa at the moment, having gained substantial international exposure from his single “Let You Know” featuring Coke Studio Africa – 2017 artist Shekhinah. He will be producing collaborations of top artists: AKA (South Africa) and Olamide (Nigeria); Liloca (Mozambique) and Lydia Jazmine (Uganda); Nyashinski (Kenya) and Mafikizolo (South Africa).

Malawian born artist and record producer based in South Africa, Gemini Major, of the “Ragga” hit song featuring Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovest and Nadia Nakai also joins the show. He will produce three major collaborations between the following artist pairings: Shekhinah (South Africa) and Jano Band (Ethiopia); Sheebah (Uganda) and Asgegnew Ashko (Ethiopia); Tresor (South Africa) and Locko (Cameroon).

Dubbed the best afro beats producer in Africa from Ghana - producer Killbeatz - has worked with the crème de la crème in music including Ed Sheeran, Fuse ODG and R2Bees. On the show he will be producing the following artist pairings: Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) and Bisa Kdei (Ghana); Slap Dee (Zambia) and Busiswa (South Africa).  

Ivorian artist and producer Shado Chris will this year be producing Coke Studio stars including Rayvanny (Tanzania) and Dji Tafhina (Angola); Avril (Kenya) and Izzo Bizness (Tanzania); Nasty C (South Africa) and Runtown (Nigeria). The new season will premiere in more than 30 countries across Africa from September this year. All the artists will record, and perform the music alongside a highly talented house band.

ABOUT COKE STUDIO AFRICA 2017

Coke Studio Africa is Coca-Cola’s flagship African music show. It is a non-competitive music show that brings together diverse African music talent for world-class showcases, while giving upcoming artists the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent. It brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through music fusion.

The production now includes artists from South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia and Cameroon. The last edition featured Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo whilst South Africa had its own production. This season will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

To keep up with all Coke Studio Africa related information including artists, collaborations, lyrics and television airing times follow the hashtag #CokeStudioAfrica or find us online at the following pages:Twitter: @CocaColaAfrica and @CocaCola_NG; Instagram: @CokeStudioAfrica and @CocaCola_NG; Facebook: Coca-Cola - www.facebook.com/cocacola ; Blog:  www.cokestudioafrica.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/cokestudioAfrica; Hashtag: #CokeStudioAfrica

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