5 Things Uganda Loved on Mash up Season
Ben Ewalu Olupot | NEWS | 6 January, 2016
Merging two different songs in one style to create a single track is what Coke Studio Africa season III is hinged on. Ugandans have taken to liking this season not just because of the variety of fusions but also because it gives them a chance to see how well their favourite singers can match up to singers cross Africa.
1. Top Pairing & Mash ups: Juliana & Flavour
There are so many wonderful mash ups this season, one can be excused for being spoilt for choice. Top on Uganda’s list are two by Juliana and Flavour. Ololufe/Haturudi Nyuma and Nakupenda were probably among the sweetest and most passionate songs of the entire season. The chemistry between Juliana and Flavour is unlike any other; so much so that some tabloids in Uganda have started spreading rumours about a possible off-stage relationship.
2. Top Notch Production: Producer Masterkraft
For a producer to put together two different songs and produce one beautiful and dynamic sound like Masterkraft did with the duo’s songs is no mean feat. He bottled the sexiness of Juliana and the passion of Flavour in productions that gave Africa what could easily be one of the finest mash ups yet.
3. Best Lady: Juliana
For Ugandans, the best artiste of the season was Juliana. The Ugandan diva has managed to sink a lot of emotion and passion into her music. Her ability to take a song, own it and take you along with her as she expresses her love through music is something that has got many people wondering how she does it so effortlessly. As one of East Africa's finest artistes, the expectations were always going to be high on her and she seems to have delivered to the dot. She emerges as this season's sweetheart.
4. Best Showcase: Sauti Sol
The special Kenyan music group: Sauti Sol comprising vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Savara Mudigi paired with guitarist Polycarp Otieno was formed about eight years ago. There has been a general feeling of late that these guys are about to arrive. Their dance with Obama, latest album Live and Die in Afrika, and the Coke Studio Africa showcase of the hit single Nerea, has left a unanimous feeling that the boys from Kenya have arrived.
5. Best mash up: Reason
Coke Studio Africa brought together American R&B Superstar NE-YO with Ice Prince (Nigeria), Wangechi (Kenya), Alikiba (Tanzania), Maurice Kirya (Uganda) and Dama Do Bling (Mozambique) to create the beautiful masterpiece: Reason. This song is one of the melodies that has emerged as a cocktail of sorts served with plenty of flavours.
Ben Ewalu Olupo
A.k.a Beewol. Bald Ugandan. Ailurophile. Social Media Junkie & Fixer. Pluviophile. Lover of Music with a Horrible Voice.