Production for the continental non-competitive TV music show Coke Studio Africa Season Four has commenced in Nairobi.
In the new season, six new countries have been included.
They are Ivory Coast, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Senegal and Ethiopia, bringing the number of participating countries to eleven.
According to Word Is Artistes featuring for the first time includes Kenyan gospel singer Bahati, Nigeria’s Kiss Daniel and Patoranking, Eddy Kenzo and Radio and Weasel (Uganda), Toofan from Togo and Ethiopia’s Haile Roots.
Making a comeback in the show is Nigeria’s 2baba (formerly 2Face Idibia) and Tanzanian songstress Vanessa Mdee.
The edition also features music music producers including Kenya’s Madtraxx, Maphorisa (South Africa), MasterKraft (Nigeria), Bushingstone(Uganda), Danny Synthe (France) and Kill Beats from Ghana.
“For this season we sought producers and partners who are able to tap into both their creativity and those of the artistes to produce a world class show,” says Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa business unit marketing director Ahmed Rady.
He adds, “This season promises more excitement as the territories have expanded and the number of artistes increased.
“We look forward to an even better and more exciting season as we all walk together in this journey of discovering new artistes and new talents. It’s going to be full of surprises.”
Coke Studio Africa seeks to bring together and showcase the diversity of African musical talent.
It also gives upcoming artistes the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent, by bringing together artistes from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion.