Avant-garde soul/R&B singer, Shekhinah, is collaborating with celebrated Ethiopian music group, Jano Band, to appear on Coke Studio Africa 2017’s fourth episode which is scheduled to be televised on the 2nd of September at 6.05PM on e.tv. The pair will be produced by acclaimed music producer, Gemini Major.
Shekhinah will also feature alongside American and international R&B/pop star, Jason Derulo, and 10 other African stars, including Ethiopian music star Betty G, on Coke Studio Africa 2017’s special upcoming episode dubbed ‘Global Fusion Edition’.
Speaking at the Coke Studio Africa Nairobi press conference, Shekhinah thanked Coke Studio Africa 2017 for the opportunity, saying, “Not a lot of female artists from my country have had this kind of opportunity afforded to them. With this project, Coke Studio Africa 2017 has opened a lot of African borders and a lot of minds. I was not aware, until the collaboration, that Ethiopia had such amazingly great music. I would have never dreamt about collaborating with African artists if I hadn’t stepped out of my own country and stopped focusing on myself,” adding, “Thanks Coke Studio Africa 2017 for allowing me to collaborate and understand other cultures, this has been beyond amazing!”
Jano Band had nothing but praise for Coke Studio Africa 2017 when they were interviewed in Nairobi during the production of the show. “Being on Coke Studio Africa 2017 is a one of a kind experience as it is currently the biggest platform for connecting African artists. Our collaboration with Shekhinah has definitely been eye opening, as well as one of our best experiences so far. Her way of singing is so different from ours – she has a unique way of feeling the music and putting the words together. Our genres are so different, so fusing the two energies on the same stage was wonderful.”
Jano Band announced that they were working on releasing their second album in Ethiopia, which was recorded in Italy and America. The band said, “We are planning to collaborate with more artists from Africa and abroad including Shekhinah, after the Coke Studio Africa 2017 experience. We feel that this will fuel our energy and help us create and express our feelings and cultures which we aim to share with the rest of the world.”
Check out a sneak peek of Coke Studio Africa 2017 episode three here.
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Episode 4 Synopsis
This week’s headline artists, South African sensation Shekhinah, and Ethiopian rock supergroup Jano Band, join up to discover more about each other’s music and create something incredible…
Tanzanian sensation Ray Vanny, and Angola’s favourite genre-buster Dji Tafinha, have some fun with the Coke Studio Africa Throwback…
And Ghana’s newest star, Worlasi, gets the chance to work with Nigerian success story Chidinma, and Kenyan super group Sauti Sol, in this week’s Big Break.
About Jano Band and Shekhinah
Jano Band is an ethio-rock fusion band from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are known for fusing and blending bass, heavy guitars, drums and electronic sounds with a hint of reggae. Jano Band came into the limelight in 2011, as a result of a nationwide talent search by renowned music manager Addis Gesesse and Ethiopian entrepreneur Ermisa Amelgafor. In 2012, they released their first album ‘ERTALE’. The album was published by Trio Entertainment Pic and Rock the World Music. The successful release of their album propelled them to the international markets such as Europe, America, Dubai and Britain where they held successful shows.
Shekhinah is a well-known pop/R&B vocalist and songwriter born in Durban, South Africa. With number 1 hit singles such as ‘Back to the Beach’ featuring Kyle Deutsch and ‘Let You Know’ with Sketchy Bongo. Shekhinah is now signed to the international record label Ultra Records and is on the verge of releasing her debut album. The fast-rising music star won her first MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in 2016 for the hit song ‘Back to the Beach’ in the Best Pop Alternative category.
About Coke Studio Africa 2017
Coke Studio Africa 2017 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.
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