Lydia Jazmine on her Coke Studio Return


Uganda’s sensational singer Lydia Jazmine is Coke Studio Africa’s first artist to be featured on the show as a Big Break Artist only to return a season later as a Main Artist. She says this has made her confident in her art: “I made it. By making it, I mean making music my full time focus and being appreciated more in my country.” Lydia Jazmine talks to us about her fast evolving music career:

The Beginnings

Born in Mukono, Uganda in 1991, Lydia Jazmine started singing in the school choir and later joined the Passover Harvest Centre and Watoto Church choirs. After high school, she joined a cover band called Gertnum where she polished her vocal talent by singing covers and background vocals. Her first song was meant to be a solo track, but things panned out a bit differently. She recalls: “I remember I had just finished the first verse, the artist Rabadaba was outside the studio and as my producer was still working on the song, Rabadaba walked in and asked to drop a verse – and that is how we made my first collaboration.”

The climb to the top

Lydia is a two-time winner of the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Ugandan Music Awards (2015 & 2016). She is still in shock over bagging one of Uganda’s most coveted awards, twice: “Until today, I still cannot believe it!” Lydia’s big break came when Ugandan duo Radio and Weasel’s producer Bushingtone discovered her at one of her gigs. He then signed her on as the duo’s official back up singer. Lydia later released her debut single You Know featuring Rabadaba under Necta Music.

“It was successful and we bagged a nomination for Best R&B Song at the Galaxy FM Zina Music Awards.”

Coke Studio Africa Experience

Lydia made her debut on the show last year as a Big Break artist paired alongside Kiss Daniel (Nigeria) and Bahati (Kenya). She says: “Last year was the most amazing moment I ever had in my music career when I got on the biggest stage in Africa. It was just magical. I am so thrilled to return on the show this season as a headline artist. This means a lot in my career. I am excited to see what magic that we can create this season with Mozambican singer Liloca. She is a great performer and trust me we have something fresh for Africa.”

Lydia says her music has grown since her first Coke Studio stint and she is getting more calls from artists all over Africa. “I am even working on a song with Kiss Daniel,” she reveals. For all those wondering what the diva would have ended up doing if it wasn’t for music, she says: “I would definitely have been in the fashion Industry. I love the whole idea of looking good and dressing up to show up!”