The 5 Best Coke Studio Africa Moments
Coke Studio Africa has this season left fans in awe with so many special moments and pairings. Themed Discover, season 4 presented more than 38 of Africa’s leading music talents including six top music producers and an international guest star. All the artistes produced more than 70 new songs and performed them alongside Coke Studio’s talented house band to create beautiful live music. After 11 awesome episodes, it’s pretty hard to zero in on the best of the best but we will try:
Meet the Style Squad
Thanks to Kenyan Stylist Wambui Thimba and her Glam Squad stylists: Brian Babu and Lucy Robi, Season 4 accustomed us to our favourite artiste’s images, looks and their sense of style. From Vee Money’s booty Ankara shorts, Toofan’s brightly coloured suits, Yemi Alade’s transition from an Agbada to a royal white gown – there was never a shortage of inspiring fashion. Best of the best included Jaguar in an Ankara shirt – we’ve never seen that before. Trey Songz looked really cool in a Me I Love Nairobi T-shirt by Kenyan designer Peperuka. We can’t forget Nyashinski’s T-shirt cleverly written “Johnny”, which he wore for his performance with Yemi.
The Best Covers & Pairings
There were many stunning collaborations, but it looks like Kenya’s The Kansoul and Mozambican singer Lizha James took the crown for the combination that had most fun with each other’s covers. Watch her perform Kansoul’s Drum. The sexiest cover and ladies’ favourite definitely went to Fally Ipupa’s cover of Sauti Sol’s Nishike. Falz’s cover of Joh Makini’s Don’t Bother and Navy Kenzo’s version of Dama Do Bling’s O Outro Lado Da Lei was dope.
The Best Mash-Ups
Season 4 had new segments that were as engaging for the audience, as for the artistes. For instance, Toofan doesn’t like twerking while Nyashinski hates too much order. One of the best mash up performances went to the serendipitous pairing of Nigerian hottie Flavour and Angolan hit-maker Yuri da Cunha with Sexy Rose and Atchu Tchutcha. During the show’s recording, Yuri praised Coke Studio Africa for pairing him with Flavour. He said that before his time on the show, he had been looking to connect with Flavour ever since discovering him on YouTube. “I was looking for him to feature in my album that will feature African artistes, and meeting him here has made me so happy! I didn’t expect to meet him.”
DJ Maphorisa from South Africa was the trusted Producer to engineer the collaborations between Trey Songz and selected African superstars. When he wasn’t tied up cooking tracks in the studio, he showed some dope South African dance moves alongside Vanessa Mdee and Patoranking in the original song - No. 1 Baby, which he also produced. Special mention to Chopstix - the show’s longest running music producer, who produced Bad For You by Yemi Alade and Nyashinski among other original hits.
Best of Behind the Music
Sauti Sol’s visit to their former high school – Upper Hill, was one the best behind-the-scenes moments of the show. The behind-the-scenes home footage of the journey of Lydia Jazmine (Uganda), Simi (Nigeria) and Dela (Kenya) to Coke Studio was also raw and moving. Hard to choose: between Ruby, Simi and Dela – who had the biggest standout performance out of all Big Break artistes?