Bahati’s Top Coke Studio Moments
Kenyan musician Bahati has made history as the first gospel artiste to perform on Coke Studio Africa. On the 4th season of the show he collaborates with one of Nigeria’s fastest rising young stars: Kiss Daniel. Bahati said: “I connected with Kiss Daniel so much.”
During a Coke Studio Artist interview, Bahati talked about upcoming UK Tour in February 2017, and announced that he will be shaving his dreads at age 40. Here’s more:
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Bahati says that mashing up his songs and Kiss Daniel’s was his best part of their collaboration. “Working with Kiss Daniel was a great experience, especially mashing up Lover/Mama. It was challenging to get a different feel of the original songs while trying to marry them. I had to change the keys at times, thanks to the direction of our good music director Mpho,” commenting on Kiss Daniel’s cover on his song. “Even before Kiss Daniel came he had loved (my song) Barua and that’s why he gave it a different touch.”
Bahati’s Vote of Thanks
Bahati is undoubtedly one of Kenya’s fastest rising musicians. He has won the hearts of many fans and received the coveted award for Best Male Artist Groove Awards - Kenya’s most prestigious gospel award ceremony barely seven months since his entry into the music industry. He terms his Coke Studio appearance as a big opportunity and a dream come true.
“I am thankful for the support and everything. To be the first gospel artiste to feature on the show was a challenging move but I was there to represent my fans and the bigger crowd - the church all over the world. I was talking to Kiss Daniel after our recording and he told me that even Nigerians loved my cover of his song and people wanted to know what I was singing about.”
Bahati shared more with his fans: “I am inspired when I meet people because I am passionate and love them. My surrounding and relationship with God also inspires me. I sometimes also lose track like all human beings do but always maintain passion for what I do. I am inspired by different people and from the gospel world Kirk Franklin has made a lot of contribution.”
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Bahati said that he has learnt a lot in his career in the past three years, making him ready to start afresh. “I thank my fans for being with me all through despite some dramas I’ve had. My defense is that I had to go through those moments to be a better person and my fans made me a better person by understanding.”
Bahati runs his recording studio: EMB Records, which mainly supports music talent from slum areas. He announced that his first artiste called David will be launched before 2017. “I am passionate about mentoring others and ask all artistes needing my help to reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to get more people in the industry to grow our talent,” he said.