Lydia Jasmine performs traditional song “Njabala” in Coke Studio Africa
Sheebah returns in Episode 6 as the headline artist
In Coke Studio Africa episode 5, the Wonder-women pair of Lydia Jazmine from Uganda and Mozambique’s Liloca worked together on the Coke Studio Africa Throwback to make a fresh and soothing version on Ugandan traditional song Njabala while Ugandan wonder Sheebah worked with Future star Bill Nass from Tanzania and Ethiopian maestro Asgegnew Ashko to create a Big Break track titled Chafu Posi.
Sheebah returned in episode 6 alongside extraordinary Ethiopian export, Asgegnew Ashko, as the headline artists discovered more about each other’s music and culture. The episode also featured Ugandan legend Bebe Cool, and ultimate “bahd guy”, Falz from Nigeria, having some fun with the week’s Coke Studio Africa Throwback track.
This season of Coke Studio Africa has enlisted Africa’s leading ladies in entertainment. Uganda’s hottest female artist Sheebah Karungi makes a debut on Coke Studio this year paired alongside Asgegnew Ashko from Ethiopia. Lydia Jazmine is Coke Studio Africa’s first artist to be featured on the show’s Big Break artist to return only a season later as a Main Artist. On Coke Studio Africa season 3 she performed alongside Kiss Daniel and Bahati and she makes a return on the show this year paired with Mozambican songstress Liloca.
The Band BeCa girl group is one of Kenya’s fastest rising music stars at the moment slowly taking over the industry with fresh hits like “Toka”, “Brathe”, “Tonight” and “Maua”. On their Coke Studio debut, Band BeCa is paired with heavy weight rappers: Olamide (Nigeria) and AKA (South Africa). Kenyan songstress Avril on the other hand is one of the leading contemporary urban female artists from East Africa. No stranger to Coke Studio – on season 3, she performed alongside Nigerian Rapper M.I Abaga. This year, she makes a return to the show this year paired with Tanzanian hip-hop rapper Izzo Bizness. From Ethiopia, fast rising music star Betty G makes a return to Coke Studio Africa for the second time this year. She is paired alongside Tanzanian songstress Nandy with the two being produced by Tanzanian super producer: Nahreel.
From West Africa, the Nigerian Award-winning Afro Pop songstress Yemi Alade makes a return to the Coke Studio Africa for the third time alongside French – Congolese rapper Youssoupha. Undoubtedly Africa’s top female artist this decade, Yemi is celebrated for being the first female Afro pop artist to hit over 75 million views on YouTube and VEVO with her smash hit “Johnny”. Chidinma also known as Ms. Kedike returns to Coke Studio Africa for the fourth time – this year paired alongside Kenyan award-winning music group Sauti Sol.
From South Africa, Coke Studio enlisted Nhlanhla Nciza one half of South African duo Mafikizolo – one of the most iconic and legendary music groups in Africa. A powerful vocalist in her own right, she is also a talented designer and one of the most fashionable female artists in Africa.
Together with Theo Kgosinkwe, Mafikizolo make their debut on Coke Studio Africa -2017, performing alongside Kenyan artist Nyashinski who is returning to the show for a second time. Power vocalist Shekhinah who was featured on Black Coffee’s hit single: “Your Eyes”— makes her debut on Coke Studio Africa alongside Jano Band from Ethiopia. The “Amazulu” hit maker Amanda Black joins Ghanaian artist Joey B of the “Tonga” hit fame on Coke Studio. Top South African singer Busiswa of the hit records: “Lahla” and “Ngoku” makes her debut on Coke Studio Africa collaborating with Zambian artiste Slapdee.