Explosive Performances: The Mash up Recap
Ms. Anyiko Owoko | NEWS | 30 December, 2015
Following the success of the third season of Coke Studio Africa, we are left on a high due to the continent’s biggest music extravaganza. Coke Studio Africa seeks to showcase the best in the African music scene. Taking the best producers, singers and rappers from all over this continent, the show has presented us with a diverse mix of music genres and talent.
The season kicked off on a high note with a mashup between Kenya’s favourite boy band Sauti Sol and Nigerian songstress Yemi Alade. Produced by the multi talented award-winner Cobhams Asuquo, this will remain one of the most organic mashups of the season. The lovely Mozambican Neyma and Nigerian Olamide’s chemistry meanwhile, was electric. Neyma entertained audiences with her spicy dance moves.
One of the best East African mash ups was between Kenya’s rising femcee Wangechi and Tanzania’s Ben Pol, who took to the stage with Do for Love/Ningefanyaje. Under the direction of music producer Silvastone, the two songs came together beautifully. Another East – East win was Alikiba (Tanzania) and Victoria Kimani (Kenya). We loved Boo and the Chekecha Cheketua/Show mashup, produced by Owour Arunga. Victoria’s soulful voice came out strong and Alikiba – oh my, it’s so hard to describe his skillset.
Of all the ballads, Juliana and Flavour took the crown. The Ololufe/Haturudi Nyuma mashup produced by Nigeria’s Masterkraft was spectacular. We can’t forget the electric Kigozi/Swag mash up by Uganda’s Navio and G2 from Mozambique. Under the direction of musical genius Jaaz Odongo, the duo produced a brilliant performance.
A grand meeting between East and West was when Uganda’s Jose Chameleone met Nigeria’s rap princess Eva Alordiah for mash up performances that will be dearly remembered. War is Coming/Wale Wale was such a great and rich mash up that it should be the next big song in Africa. Good job producer Kevin Provoke. Another giant East – West combination was Nigeria’s 2 Face Idibia and Tanzanian songbird Vanessa Mdee. All I Need To Know, written and produced by Cobhams Asuquo emerged as one of the season’s classics.
Too bad we will never know who the Unknown DJ is because all his productions were bangers. Remember Kenya's Avril and Nigeria’s M.I in the performance of Bullion Van/Hakuna Yule? Explosive. Another hot pairing was between Nigeria’s Chindima and Kenyan group Elani. We also loved the Cyphers, especially the delivery by Mozambique rapper Hernani. His mash ups with Di’ja also brought attitude and spunk on stage.
This was the season of massive mash ups — a show of what Africa has to offer in terms of musical prowess. We can’t wait for the rest of the season!
You must have seen Chopstix playing a cool instrument on his showcase. “The MPC Drum machine is a drum machine used in live performance and production. One of my biggest role models is USA Hip-Hop producer DJ Premiere – that’s where I got it from, and even my name. He was the god of Hip-Hop production; I would follow his style so my friends called me the Chopper, before Chopstix. I would chop beats with the MPC Run just like him. I’ve been chopping up samples and assigning them to cue into making music since. There is a new MPC Drum that I wanna buy but its so… expensive! But it’s worth it – I am gonna get it.”
Chopstix is already producing a Dama Do Bling song, and has started working on his collaboration album with another top Nigerian producer – set for release in 2016.
“I am spreading out my wings,” is his parting shot.