Spotlight on Coke Studio Africa – 2017 Divas

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 Karungi

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.

Lydia Jasmine during a recording session

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.

Sheebah and Ashko

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.

Kenya’s Nahna releases new music video

Kisumu based artist, Nahna whose genre of music is Afro fusion with a touch of Luo, Kiswahili and English has once again released another new video after ‘Paro’ that was produced by the legendary Ulopa Ngoma.

Her current project ‘Baby Gochna’ simply meaning Baby Call Me is a song that talks about a lover telling his or her partner to call them because the two lovers are missing each other and would love to listen to each other’s voice.

The song also goes out to lovers in long distance relationship whose only form of communication is through calls, messaging or video calls. This was inspired by how people use phones hence she even talks about how people complain about network problems and quick to say to be called back.

The Dance moves were choreographed by Yawa Dancers and Stepper Wolves Dancers.

Audio :Crazy Monkey

Video : Crizo Mzeyah.

Video Link – https://youtu.be/D20BpGF0BWU

Muthoni the Drummer Queen Double releases “Kenyan Message” and “Million Voice

Kenyan multi-talented artiste Muthoni the Drummer Queen is back with double releases KENYAN MESSAGE and MILLION VOICE off her upcoming album SHE. Having cemented her place as a leading, out-of-the box, genre defying artist of global appeal, Muthoni teams up Swiss producers Greg “GR!” Escoffey and Jean “HOOK” Geissbuhler on these two smash hit singles.

Muthoni, at once the observer and the subject creates a banging, socio-politically charged hip-hop anthem for Kenya titled KENYAN MESSAGE. The song addresses the political class and citizens of Kenyans equally, questioning the state of the Kenyan society and highlighting the endless scandals plaguing the country. Most notably, Muthoni features the infamous doctors’ strike-turned-movement for better systems in Kenya that had gone unresolved for 100 days from December 2016 to March 2017.

The video which was directed and shot by David Baumaan of Artaban.tv is a stunning representation of the message, with Muthoni’s lead role supported by members of MDQ’s Swiss performance crew- Felix Fivaz (Drummer), Tali Cabral & Daniela Dias.

The song pays tribute to the classic “The Message” by DJ Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; arguably hip-hop’s greatest innovators, and the sentiment sadly rings true, with a seemingly never-ending stream of scandals crippling the public sector and affecting the lives of millions of Kenyans. Aptly, the song ends with the haunting statement “We. Can’t. Breathe” A dire conclusion to the witty-yet-contemplative narrative of modern-day Kenya.

KENYAN MESSAGE Official Video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CveeHBmKa5M

As a follow up, Muthoni teamed up with Nairobi’s finest: Steph Kapela, Shukid and Tunji to deliver a flawless remix to the already impeccable “Kenyan Message”. The song is a total flip of the original song though maintaining the original intention and message with the beat going hard and heavy and flipping to suit each rappers flow. Shot at The Alchemist, Nairobi the video was directed by Skinny Film Maker and Greg Escoffey.

KENYAN MESSAGE Remix Official Video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=062xt5sFWKY

Million Voice is the second single from the rap Queen Muthoni Drummer Queen, and a forewarning that the upcoming concept LP entitled SHE will certainly be a game changer. On the incendiary, reggae-inflected anthem, Muthoni says, “the song pays tribute to the millions of invisible, ordinary, everyday people doing whatever it takes to put bread on the table and create an impactful life, in spite of, or maybe because of, the circumstances that they found themselves in.“

The track thoroughly exemplifies GR & HOOK’s signature style down to the bass heavy tee: a hooky, radio-friendly sound that will effortlessly pack the dance floor at primetime and put the best of sound systems to the test. Listening to this you sort of wish that the 80s boombox and car system culture would come back!

MILLION VOICE Official Video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-z2qtW0Pxc

Budding Kenyan Artist releases an official remix of an Albanian hit song

Mwachari teams up with DJ A-Boom on ‘Pull up’ bringing his fresh sound to the remix

After the success of his debut single ‘Oyao’, Mwachari returns with an infectious brand new single ‘Pull up’ a remix of ‘E Imja’ originally by renowned producer Dj A-Boom from Zurich & Kidda an Albanian star.

‘Pull up’ showcases Mwachari’s vocal prowess and versatility accompanied with a pumping skillful beat by Dj A-Boom. What pulls fans the most about Mwachari besides his voice, is his endearing sense of honesty and vulnerability in his music and this single is no different.

“We wanted to show the world that truly music has no barriers whatsoever, if the vibe is right: it transcends everything.” DJ A-Boom and Mwachari.

What results when a budding Kenyan artist remixes an Albanian hit song you ask? Unadulterated magic! Take a listen below. ‘Pull Up’ was written by Mwachari, Composed, Produced and Mastered by DJ A-Boom.

Top Kenyan act ‘King Kanja’ releases 5-Tracked EP “Vibes”

Multi-talented Kenyan artiste King Kanja—the 2017 AFRIMMA Awards nominee in the category of ‘Crossing Boundaries With Music’ has released a new EP titled “VIBES.” 3 of the 5-tracks of the EP feature collaboration. 

Chris Searcy’s sweet R&B vocals gel with Kanja’s sultry ride on “Weekend”. In “All my Life”, Kanja delivers an upbeat afro pop track produced by Silvastone. “Mesmerized” featuring Kenyan songstress Ida Longomba is a fast paced club banger where Kanja also enlists Lovy Longomba (formerly of the Longombas): one of Kenya’s pioneer urban artiste turned super producer. Other tracks that make up “VIBES” EP include: “Royal Family” and “Cathy” produced by Willbeatz and Chucky Thompson, respectively.

Speaking on his brand new EP release Kanja says, “Nothing touches an artiste more than the VIBE you give people, and the VIBE you leave someone with. I named my EP VIBES because all the people I’ve met, all the places I’ve been, and all the music I’ve heard left me with a VIBE to share with the world through my music”, revealing “I plan to release a full album soon. I just wanted to give my fans and supporters a project that they can live on and feel while I finish my album.” Kanja confirms that he will be hosting an official launch event for the VIBES EP in USA and Kenya soon!

Kanja is also the executive producer of “VIBES” EP in which he worked closely with the legendary hip hop and R&B producer Chucky Thompson, who has previously produced for the likes of Usher, NAS, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G. Chucky has produced 2 of the 5 songs on the VIBES EP.

Off the 5 tracks, Kanja has already released the videos of two of his smash singles “Cathy” and “Weekend” and is working on the new video for his afrobeat smash hit “Royal Family” produced by US based Cameroonian producer WILL BEATZ. The video is set to be shot in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and will be directed by one of the biggest directors in the U.S right now, and Kanja’s former mentor Shomi Patwary.

WEEKEND Official Video YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVez66yVn3g

CATHY Official Video YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_GCFdNpl78

King Kanja performing All My Life for Kenya Ambassador to the U.S: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlWtH0457cs&feature=youtu.be

Kanja is best known for dabbling a career in music between Kenya and USA. He is currently on an U.S tour, where he has met a number of high profile African music acts like Victoria Kimani, DJ Poizon Ivy and Peter of P-Square. He also attended AFRIMA Awards where he was a nominee this year. He says, “I’ve been blessed to work closely with Peter from P-square as I just helped him close a distribution deal for his label in San Francisco with Empire Distribution.”

‘Blow Da Whistle’ video is out 

Western Artist of the year Tuma Awards Nominee Sabba Sabba A Tatya Mbeera has released his highly anticipated music Video of his song “Blow Da Whistle”. The song is about a lady who makes him whistle while doing the math calculations on how to win her heart.

The audio of the song was produced by Wani production & Moskhan production while the video was shot and directed by Jobbins Avenue along Kampala Road in the city centre.

Here is the Youtube Link https://youtu.be/Hb1M3uTFx5g

Turkana’s newest sensation “Scooby” releases debut single “Kazi Tu”

Turkana County’s finest Scoobylincos has released “Kazi Tu” his first single and video. This is the first single by the 17 year old upcoming artist from Kakuma; the single is co-produced by Herbalist and Wyre of Love Child Records.

Speaking about the dope track, Scooby said, “This song is to show the world what Turkana has in terms of talent and resources hence the need to work hard at all times, I am sure many people will relate with the message in this song and will definitely enjoy this!”

The visuals are set in the busy and quiet town of Kakuma and the beautiful Turkana County, “Kazi Tu” video is directed by Alex and perfectly captures the artist’s different perspectives on the daily hustles of the youth in the society and day to day happenings.

Watch KAZI TU on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA1hSfSZuPM

Scoobylincos aka Black Magic is a young Kenyan upcoming Hip-hop artiste based in Kakuma. His break in to the Kenyan music industry came in 2017 with the release of his smash hit single “Kazi Tu” produced by super talented producer “Herbalist” under the mentorship of Kevin Wyre.  He describes his music as “an urban sound from a smartphone era centered on changing the millennial culture of socialites and wannabe’s.”

South Sudanese refugee Akuot releases debut single & video of “Anavyonifanya”

The upcoming talented South Sudanese songstress Akuot has released a new single “Anavyonifanya” produced by renowned Kenyan producer Herbalist and Wyre as Co-Producer. The urban pop smash single has a touch of urban sound fused with Zouk and some jazzy touch, showcasing Akuot’s versatility.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Akuot says “Anavyonifanya” is a song about love in the refugee camps which is sometimes seen as impossible, yet the same refugees are also human beings with feelings. Adding, “It’s a fun song that still has a very serious meaning when put it in reality and one that we can easily to relate to”.  According to Akuot, being a refugee is just a status that can change any time and therefore love is inevitable.

Watch “Mchezo Ni Kwako” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE0-cASUYNo

The music video of “Anavyonifanya” is directed by one of the most sought after music directors, Alex and was co-written by Akuot and Wyre. As she continues to solidify her brand in Kenya and beyond, Akuot is currently planning on working with more acts in the industry and is keen on those who share a vision and style similar to hers. She says, “It’s very exciting to finally have a song released to my fans and finally being able to fully define myself as an artiste.

I was inspired by the stage I’m in in my music career and definitely the things that have been happening around me. I’ve always done love songs at Karaoke’s but this is the fun version amongst all of them. It’s a great depiction of my personality. All these factors influenced its creation.”

Who is Mercy Akuot?

Mercy AKA Akuot is a talented artist from the Dinka community of the South Sudanese natives currently based at the Kakuma Refugee Camp. She is currently riding high with the single “Anavyonifanya”. The song has been produced by super talented producer “Herbalist” under the mentorship of Kevin Wyre.  Mercy describes her music as an urban sound fused with Zouk and some jazzy touch.

Career

Mercy’s musical career began at a young age singing in the church choir and at school. From then on, her career has been on an upward scale and has seen her perform alongside artistes other established artistes. Mercy has also been privileged to perform at the World Refugee Day, 16 Days of Activism among other festivals. Her influence and inspiration comes from Maurice Kirya and Irene Namubiru from Uganda whose music she describes as nostalgic and soothing to her ear.

Music Interests

With a growing audience, the multi-talented artiste has cemented her name in the industry through involvement in women empowerment, and helping underprivileged schools within the refugee camps.  She is currently in the studio recording songs off her first Album; the album will be released in 2018 and will include collaborations with other artistes.

Mercy Akuot was born in South Sudan. She spent part of her childhood between South Sudan and Uganda where her passion for music was realized. Due to the conflict in South Sudan Mercy and her family were forced to flee their country to Kenya. Mercy believes that being a refugee is a status that can change any time and does not let that limit her in conquering her musical journey.

Ambitiouz Entertainment welcomes Londie London and releases

Ambitiouz Entertainment is happy to reveal a brand new signee to the award winning stable, twenty five (25) year old Instagram model Londie London.

Londiwe Siphiwokuhle Zulu has now joined the award winning Record label Ambitiouz Entertainment alongside artists such as Amanda Black, Sjava, Emtee, Saudi and La Sauce to name a few. She has released her first single is titled “He Goes” produced by Ambitiouz duo Blaq Diamond. The song brings a refreshing light appeal which can easily be categorised as a Summer Smash.

She has since then been creating her name and influence around other areas within the same field of entertainment. Londie became a well-known South African model representing different clothing brands and becoming well known for appealing and eye-catching looks at popular high profile spots in the North of Johannesburg.

“Joining the winning team feels surreal” she says, “I can’t thank them enough for believing in me more than I actually believed in myself. But being part of the winning team is not just fun and games, its hard work and determination. I’ve always been ambitious, I can’t wait to take it to the top floor with them” she says.

Get Londie London’s brand new single here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/he-goes-single/id1290930563?ls=1&app=itunes

Stream Londie London’s brand new single here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF-SW8fASLo

Pole Pole – Marsh Featuring Gabiro MTU Necessary released

Latest info reaching us has it that a new song titled ‘Pole Pole’ by the legendary Marsh featuring Kisumu city’s most sought after award winning rapper, Gabiro Mtu Necessary is out.

Pole Pole is a Swahili word which simply means slowly. It is a banger that will surely keep you on your toes on the dance floor with his groovy dance hall touch as produced by Jamal Malique for Starbell Records.

The song was recorded by Starbell Records and produced by Jamal Malique.

Pole Pole YouTube Link – https://youtu.be/tYBxhpKw78M

Also watch ‘Low Key Video By Gabiro’ via link – https://youtu.be/0TcarK2BEMA

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