3 Things Nigeria Loved on Coke Studio Africa
Ms. Anyiko Owoko | NEWS | 7 January, 2016
The third season of Coke Studio Africa was amazing. Boasting top Nigerian acts including 2Face Idibia, Olamide, Yemi Alade, Flavour, M.I and Chidinma – there was a lot to take, and thankfully the audience was charged. Different segments like the Cyphers, Coketales and Showcases emerged as favourites, among a number of artist pairings.
We had to break all the good things into the three main reasons why Nigeria loved the show this season. Here goes
The mash up concept
Music lovers are used to the collabo format that was on the show previously. The fact that the show’s producer’s spiced things up this season was a beautiful surprise to most Nigerians. Spearheaded by top Nigerian music producers: Chopstix, Cobhams Asuquo and Masterkraft among others, some of the favourite mash ups were between Nigerian rap princess Eva Alordia and Uganda’s Chameleone; and Kenya’s Elani with Nigeria’s Chidinma. Produced by Silvastone, the Emi ni baller/Jana Usiku Coke Studio Africa mash up was one of the most seamless. Watch it again
First Couple of the show
Last season it was Flavour and Kenya’s Victoria Kimani who were the fans’ favourite coupling. This season Flavour does it again with yet another diva – Uganda’s sultry singer Juliana Kanyomozi. Their mash ups; including Ololufe/Haturudi Nyuma, Nakupenda and Shake/Woman rocked Nigeria. Even though Juliana would sing in Swahili and Luganda, she really touched fans in West Africa. Their chemistry was also something that got people talking. They should be in a relationship in 2016 – that’s all.
The King & Queen of all Mash Ups
This was a tough one because there were many amazing mash ups. But it was Nigeria’s No. 1 most respected artiste 2 Baba a.k.a 2Face Idibia and Tanzanian songbird Vanessa Mdee who came up top. Written and crafted by wizard producer Cobhams Asuquo, the mash up All I Need to Know was Nigeria’s best of the best. The song even got to play on local radio and climb charts. Vanessa said she was honoured to work with 2Face and thanks to his input, she got her first 1 million views on a YouTube video.
Who and what would you like to see on Coke Studio Africa season IV? Let us know and who knows…it might come true.
Ms. Anyiko Owoko
Anyiko Owoko is a Media Personality. TV Host, Grapevine (KBC TV)/ Freelance Writer/Editor & Sauti Sol Band Publicist/ PR Agent.