Respected East African rapper Joh Makini of renowned music group Weusi returns to Coke Studio Africa this year for the second time. Fusing English and Kiswahili in his music, Joe is celebrated for his unique freestyle, word play and seamless flow. The success of his 2006 single Chochote Popote earned Joh recognition as a bonafide Tanzanian hip hop star. He has since taken Africa by storm, releasing hit collaborations with some of Africa’s finest artistes including Navio (Uganda) in the Gere remix, King Kaka (Kenya) in Najipendelea and AKA (South Africa) in Don’t Bother. On Coke Studio Africa season 2 Joh Makini collaborated with Nigeria’s Chidinma. This year he will be paired with the talented singer, comedian and actor from Nigeria – Falz The Bahd Guy.
Prior to the release of his first album Zamu Yangu in 2007, the hit singles Dakika 90, Ha and Hawapendi, released under the group River Camp Soldier where he started his musical journey as a teenager, contributed to his overall success. Together with Bonta, G Nako, Lord Eyes and Nikki wa Pili, Joh Makini is also co-founder of Weusi Co Limited - one of the biggest hip hop units in Tanzania. He has bagged notable awards at several Tanzanian music ceremonies, and shared the stage with International acts like 50 Cent, Jay Z, Ja Rule and Busta Rhymes.
Joh’s upcoming sophomore album God Engineering will feature songs from a cross section of African artistes. Undoubtedly one of Tanzania’s finest MCs, he continues to deliver quality music with powerful messages that influence his fans positively.
Joe Makini was born John Simon Maseke in Arusha, Tanzania. Despite growing up in an environment with precarious and sometimes dangerous street activities, Joh was positively influenced and inspired by this. In the face of the unpredictable local music industry, Joh has consistently put all his energy and heart in his dream, and chased at every opportunity to become the success that he is.