Nigerian superstar entertainer, Falz, will feature at Coke Studio Africa for the second time this year. Falz, famous for hits like Jeje, Soft Work and Soldier, will paired with legendary Ugandan artiste, Bebe Cool, who makes his anticipated debut on the show this year.
Last year, Falz was paired with Tanzanian rapper, Joh Makini, with the two stars producing hit covers of each other’s songs and an original track, You Dey Hot.
Speaking exclusively at the show’s Behind the Music Studios in Nairobi during the recording, Falz said: “It feels very good to work with Bebe Cool. He is a very cool and chill guy. So far, we have a good working relationship and we are getting along well. I am looking forward to learning more from him about his culture and language. That’s what is most exciting about the Coke Studio experience.”
Falz and Bebe Cool will be produced by top Nigerian music producer, GospelOnDeBeatz. On his collaboration with Bebe Cool, Falz said: “Bebe Cool is a huge dancehall artiste and I am a hip-hop artiste, so that fusion is going to be electric. Expect a lot of fire.”
The two artistes will also feature in a Coke Studio special dubbed The Global Fusion Edition. They will be joined by Coke Studio Africa’s international guest star, the American Pop/R&B star, Jason Derulo, and eight other African stars, who include Dela (Kenya), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia) and Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe). Others are Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroun) and Denise (Madagascar).
Aside the music collaboration, Falz and Bebe Cool will feature in Coke Studio’s Food Culture Exchange segment.
This year, Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into the bigger Coke Studio Africa 2017. The show promises to bring together renowned music producers and top-notch artistes drawn from across Africa.
The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in previous edition.
Falz, a comedian, actor and musical artiste, is widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s most successful entertainment exports in the last decade. He won a BET Award and an AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Award, two of the continent’s most prestigious entertainment laurels.
His sound is funky, cool and peppered with pop and street vibes. His rap style is a fusion of witty lines, rendered in countryside dialects.
Coke Studio Africa is Coca-Cola’s flagship African music show. It is a non-competitive show that brings together diverse African music talents for world-class showcases, while giving upcoming artistes the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talents. The show brings together artistes from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through fusion.