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Spotlight on Coke Studio Africa – 2017 Super 8 Producers

Each new season, Coke Studio Africa music producers engineer music fusions from the Coke Studio Africa artists featured on the show. On this year’s edition dubbed ‘Coke Studio Africa – 2017’, the show has enlisted Africa’s hottest music producers, responsible for orchestrating the biggest hits taking over airwaves and dance floors across Africa.

They include: Nahreel (Tanzania), Sketchy Bongo (South Africa), Gemini Major (Malawi/South Africa), Gospel on the Beatz (Nigeria), Killbeatz (Ghana), Shado Chris (Ivory Coast), Masterkraft (Nigeria) and DJ Maphorisa (South Africa). Nahreel is one of East Africa’s most celebrated music producers of our time. The multi-talented artist returns to Coke Studio Africa for a second time as a producer this year. He will be producing original music and collaboration fusions from the following artist pairings: Mr. Bow (Mozambique) and Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe) paired with Uganda’s Ykee Benda; Laura Beg (Mauritius) and Sami Dan (Ethiopia); Nandy (Tanzania) and Betty G (Ethiopia).

Superstar producer from South Africa, DJ Maphorisa, is behind some of Africa’s biggest club bangers like “Tchelete” by Mafikizolo/Davido and his very own Soweto Baby with Wizkid. He is back on the show for the second time this time producing the collaborations including: Khaligraph (Kenya) and Bruce Melodie (Rwanda) and Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Youssoupha (Congo).

Nigerian heavy weight producer Masterkraft just released a new album “UNLIMITED”. He makes a second return on the show producing several artist pairings including Alikiba (Tanzania) and Patoranking (Nigeria); Sauti Sol (Kenya) and Chidinma (Nigeria); Mi Casa (South Africa) and Anselmo Ralph (Angola). Together with DJ Maphorisa, the two will additionally be co-producing music on Coke Studio’s special episode dubbed  ‘Global Fusion Edition’ featuring this year’s international guest star Global R&B/pop icon Jason Derulo alongside 11 African stars.

All the 5 other producers are making their debut on the show. Gospel On Da Beatz from Nigeria will be producing three artist pairings: Falz (Nigeria) and Bebe Cool (Uganda); Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast) and Wawa Salegy (Madagascar); Joey B (Ghana) and Amanda Black (South Africa).

Sketchy Bongo is one of the most prominent music producers and DJs in South Africa at the moment, having gained substantial international exposure from his single “Let You Know” featuring Coke Studio Africa – 2017 artist Shekhinah. He will be producing collaborations of top artists: AKA (South Africa) and Olamide (Nigeria); Liloca (Mozambique) and Lydia Jazmine (Uganda); Nyashinski (Kenya) and Mafikizolo (South Africa).

Malawian born artist and record producer based in South Africa, Gemini Major, of the “Ragga” hit song featuring Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovest and Nadia Nakai also joins the show. He will produce three major collaborations between the following artist pairings: Shekhinah (South Africa) and Jano Band (Ethiopia); Sheebah (Uganda) and Asgegnew Ashko (Ethiopia); Tresor (South Africa) and Locko (Cameroon).

Dubbed the best afro beats producer in Africa from Ghana – producer Killbeatz – has worked with the crème de la crème in music including Ed Sheeran, Fuse ODG and R2Bees. On the show he will be producing the following artist pairings: Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) and Bisa Kdei (Ghana); Slap Dee (Zambia) and Busiswa (South Africa).  

Ivorian artist and producer Shado Chris will this year be producing Coke Studio stars including Rayvanny (Tanzania) and Dji Tafhina (Angola); Avril (Kenya) and Izzo Bizness (Tanzania); Nasty C (South Africa) and Runtown (Nigeria). The new season will premiere in more than 30 countries across Africa from September this year. All the artists will record, and perform the music alongside a highly talented house band.

ABOUT COKE STUDIO AFRICA 2017

Coke Studio Africa is Coca-Cola’s flagship African music show. It is a non-competitive music show that brings together diverse African music talent for world-class showcases, while giving upcoming artists the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent. It brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through music fusion.

The production now includes artists from South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia and Cameroon. The last edition featured Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo whilst South Africa had its own production. This season will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

To keep up with all Coke Studio Africa related information including artists, collaborations, lyrics and television airing times follow the hashtag #CokeStudioAfrica or find us online at the following pages:Twitter: @CocaColaAfrica and @CocaCola_NG; Instagram: @CokeStudioAfrica and @CocaCola_NG; Facebook: Coca-Cola – www.facebook.com/cocacola ; Blog:  www.cokestudioafrica.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/cokestudioAfrica; Hashtag: #CokeStudioAfrica

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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020
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After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.

On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.

The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.

Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.

The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.

At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.

“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020
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The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.

The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.

The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.

However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.

Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.

Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.

“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.

“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”

Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.

Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.

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Miss Earth Botswana catwalks to save the environment

22nd September 2020
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Miss Earth Botswana is an annual local environmental-themed beauty pageant competition promoting environmental awarenessconservation and social responsibility. The reigning Queen dedicated her year to promoting specific projects and often addressing issues concerning the environment.

The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.

Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.

Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)

Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.

“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”

For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”

“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.

Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.

“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.

When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.

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