Musicians, actors and A-list socialites joined rapper Slapdee last night (October 12) for a star-studded celebrity event to celebrate the Coke Studio Africa TV series.
The Kuichaila hip hop artist artist features on QTV at 18:00hrs tonight (October 13) in Episode 9 of the pan-Africa show, performing covers with South African’s Busiswa, including highlights from the cultural exchange as well as their original material.
The episode will be repeated at 19:30hrs on Monday (October 16) and 13:00hrs on Wednesday (October 18).
Introducing a preview of the Coke Studio at a glamorous viewing party at The Misty in Lusaka, Slapdee said: “Coke studio is amazing. It’s a great platform for any African artiste, whether small or big. It gave me an opportunity to rediscover myself and my music talent, and to learn what other musicians do in the studio. If Coke Studio came my way again, I would participate without hesitation.”
Each week Coke Studio has brought together artists from across Africa to come up with original material, and all within 48 hours. That means they have to write, produce and perform their hits in two days.
“We’re really proud of what Slapdee has done to put Zambian music on the continent-wide stage with Coke Studio,” said Coca-Cola Marketing Activations Manager for Zambia Takunda Jinda. “Coke Studio Africa is where talented musicians thrive. It’s a journey of discovery for the artists and audiences across the continent, bringing cultures together to make amazing music.”
Zambia has joined the rest of Africa in watching the dynamic duo perform as the show aired in over 30 countries across the continent in recent weeks. Top Ghanaian music producer Killbeatz, arguably the best and most sought-after AfroBeats record producer in Ghana, produced the songby Slapdee and Busiswa.
Slapdee is known for several hit songs including No Wonder, Waumfwa and Kuichaila while his South African counterpart is best known for her hit records Lahla, Ngoku and DJ Zinle’s My name is.
Other big names this season include Khaligraph Jones & Band Becca from Kenya, Rayvanny, Izzo Bizness, Nandy from Tanzania, Sami Dan from Ethiopia, Bebe Cool, Eddy Kenzo and Sheebah, Ykee Benda representing Uganda, Nasty C, Mashayabhuqe from South Africa, Youssoupha from Democratic Republic of Congo, Runtown and Yemi from Nigeria, as well as Dji Tafinha from Angola, Laura Beg from Mauritius, Jah Prayzah from Zimbabwe, Bisa Kdei and Worlasi from Ghana, Betty G from Ethiopia, Bruce Melodie, Shellsy Baronet & Mr. Bow from Mozambique, Denise from Madagascar and Ozane from Togo, Freeda from Namibia.
This year Coca-Cola merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one – a bigger and better – Coke Studio Africa – 2017. The show delivered an even richer and authentic blend of African sound with renowned music producers and top-notch artists from more countries than previous seasons joining the set.
Coke Studio Africa’s quest to inspire fresh new sounds from the Continent gives these artists wider exposure, while enabling greater interaction, collaboration and cooperation that speaks to a wider audience of music enthusiasts across genres, styles and eras. All the music was performed and recorded live alongside Coke Studio’s highly talented house band.