South African record producer, Gemini Major, is one of the big-name producers among the Coke Studio Africa 2017 team that have come to be known as the ‘Super 8 Producers’.
Gemini Major made Kenya his home for three weeks in order to produce tracks for three major artist collaborations: Shekhinah (South Africa), Jano Band (Ethiopia), Sheebah (Uganda), Asgegnew Ashko (Ethiopia), Tresor (South Africa) and Locko (Cameroon).
Gemini has produced some of the slamming hits by Africa’s greatest stars such as Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick and Stonebwoy and is currently one of the leading music producers in Africa. Speaking in Nairobi about his Coke Studio Africa 2017 experience, Gemini said, “It has been an amazing experience working with different artists and sharing their culture. We have learned so much from each other.” Of his first Kenyan visit, the hit-maker added, “Kenyan people are very friendly, down to earth and everybody seems humble. I see myself returning to Kenya really soon.”
Gemini Major is inspired by artists such as Bob Marley, Bongani Fassie and I-Octane and describes his sound and style as ‘Rockstarfari’. After producing ‘Juice Back’, a song by South African hip-hop sensation, Nasty C, Gemini went on to become the go-to producer for many of South Africa’s leading hip-hop acts.
On Coke Studio Africa 2017, Gemini joins seven of the best African producers tasked with engineering music fusions between top African artists. Other members of the ‘Super 8 Producers’ include: Nahreel (Tanzania), Sketchy Bongo (South Africa), Gospel on the Beatz (Nigeria), Killbeatz (Ghana), Legendary Beatz (Nigeria), Shado Chris (Ivory Coast), Masterkraft (Nigeria) and Maphorisa (South Africa).
The new season of Coke Studio Africa 2017 is being aired in more than 30 countries across Africa. The production includes artists from South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia and Cameroon.
About Gemini Major
Benn Gilbert Kamoto, better known as Gemini Major, is a Malawian born artist and record producer. He has produced for a number of artists in a variety of genres ranging from R&B, hip-hop, house, dancehall, pop and gospel. While currently working on his debut album, Gemini makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa 2017, this year to produce various artists including Shekhinah (South Africa) and Jano Band (Ethiopia). In 2016, Gemini Major was selected for the Coke Studio South Africa series as a producer.
About Coke Studio Africa
Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive music collaboration show, which seeks to bring together, and celebrate the diversity of African music and talent. It also gives 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 musical fusion.
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