Coke Studio announces International women commemoration

12Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Coke Studio announces International women commemoration

IN the marking and celebration of 2019 International Women’s Day, the 2019 season of Coke Studio Africa has announced its upcoming all-women finale episode in a powerful statement and a trail-blazing move.

This will be the first time in the history of the Pan African music property to feature an all-women episode, which will include female singers, rappers, music producers, studio engineers, a full band, as well as such key behind the scenes crew like content directors, scriptwriters, editors, camera operators and floor managers.

Over the last six seasons of Coke Studio Africa, the show continues to highlight Africa’s great talent and the opportunities for women in the arts and entertainment industry.

Currently, approximately 60% of all of the professionals that work on Coke Studio Africa comprise women. Coke Studio Africa as noted by organizers will continue to give more meaningful and competitive opportunities to women in the field of arts and music, through the platform.

Top female instrumentalists from Kenya, who will be part of Coke Studio Africa All-Women Band in the finale episode, will include Kasiva Mutua (percussions), Wendy Kemunto (vocals), Ivy Alexander (guitar), Naomi Ziro (bass guitar) and Mutindi Tindi Muasa (keyboard).

Top female artists drawn from across the continent will include Nazizi (Kenya), Lioness (Namibia), Boity (South Africa), Sheebah (Uganda), Nandy (Tanzania), Mahlet (Ethiopia) Lourena Nhate (Mozambique), Tamy (Zimbabwe) and music producer Viola Karuri (Kenya), among others.

Monali Shah, Head of Content Excellence for Coca-Cola Southern and East African Business Unit, says: “We are very excited to announce an all women finale episode of the 2019 edition of Coke Studio Africa.”

“It’s the first time the production is taking such a bold move in the history of Coke Studio Africa to spotlight the amazing talent we have in entertainment.”

“The kind of talent and artists we met and discovered during the process was mind blowing and we can’t wait till music fans of the show can watch this powerful episode that will be airing across over 40 countries starting March 29.”