On Sunday (31st March 2019), Coke Studio Africa 2019 season hosted an exclusive viewing party at Golden Ice Bistro Nairobi, in the marking of its celebrated all-women finale episode of the 2019 edition of the Pan-African music show. Coke Studio artists: Chef 187 represented Zambia also featured ground breaking african heavy weight on the show’s Big Break segment this year, joined a host of guests including Coca Cola Executives, celebrities and influencers.
In its six seasons since inception, this is the first time in the history of Coke Studio Africa to feature an all-female episode that included all female singers, rappers, music producers, studio engineers and a full band—a strong commitment to empowering women involved in all aspects of the music and entertainment scene. Currently, approximately 60% of all the professionals that work on Coke Studio Africa comprise of women. Coke Studio Africa will continue to give more meaningful and competitive opportunities to women in the field of arts and music, through the platform.
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On the finale episode, Kenya’s Viola Karuri produced remixes to Uganda’s Sheebah Karungi and Mozambique’s Lourena Nhate songs and the power packed track “African Woman (Yelele Mama)” featuring 11 top talents including Mozambique’s Shellsy Baronet; Tanzania’s Nandy and Keisha alongside their sister on the rise Mimi Mars; Kenya’s Nazizi; Namibia’s Lioness and Boity from South Africa as well Kenya’s sweetheart Nadia Mukami and Tamy Moyo from Zimbabwe. Representing a variety of sista-soundscapes from zouk, bongo flava and kizomba to afrobeats, dancehall and hip hop: “African Woman” was also produced by Viola with female studio engineer Muna in the mix.
On the last performance, Nazizi (Kenya), Lioness (Namibia) and Boity (South Africa) delivered on an all female hip-hop power track “Switch it up”; marking the ending of the 2019 season of Coke Studio Africa—themed on “Pride” and “Celebration”.
Coke Studio Africa 2019 featured more than 25 talented stars drawn from drawn from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria and other countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.