DJ MAPHORISA ENLISTED AMONG COKE STUDIO AFRICA – 2017 SUPER 8 PRODUCERS

Acclaimed South African DJ and music producer: DJ Maphorisa is by far one of Africa’s biggest music producers of our time. The multi–talented artist who has delivered mega continental bangers like Major Lazer’s “Particula”, Mafikizolo’s “Khona”, Yuri Da Cunha’s “Y-Tjukutja” and his very own “Soweto Baby” makes a return to Coke Studio Africa this year for his second time. On the new season that has already premiered across more than 30 African countries, DJ Maphorisa produces the following artist pairings: Khaligraph (Kenya) and Bruce Melodie (Rwanda) and the trio: Eddy Kenzo (Uganda), Bisa Kdei (Ghana) and Shellsy Baronet (Mozambique).

Speaking on his return to the show DJ Maphorisa said, “A big shout out to Coke Studio Africa for making this happen. It’s a big platform and gives [artists and producers] more confidence and a chance to share cultures and learn from each other. I am really humbled to work all these great artists and to learn more.” Maphorisa will also co-produce a special Coke Studio ‘Global Fusion Edition’ episode featuring the show’s international guest star this year – global R&B/pop icon, Jason Derulo, alongside 11 African stars. He added: “Shout out to Jason Derulo, he is a really cool guy right from the first time I met him. We already did some amazing stuff together so look out for that. Shout out to Coke Studio Africa for making this happen, the show is bringing artists together and giving them confidence. We also get to exchange cultures, vibes and get to learn new things.”

In 2017, Coke Studio has enlisted 8 super producers responsible for engineering some of the biggest African and global hits this decade. DJ Maphorisa is among Coke Studio’s super 8 music producers tasked with engineering music collaborations and fusions among the show’s artists drawn from 18 African countries. The rest of the producers include Sketchy Bongo (South Africa), Gemini Major (Malawi/South Africa), GospelOnDeBeatz (Nigeria), Nahreel (Tanzania), Killbeatz (Ghana), Shado Chris (Ivory Coast) and Masterkraft (Nigeria).

DJ Maphorisa’s recent masterpiece is Major Lazer’s “Particular” featuring Patoranking, Ice Prince, Jidenna and Nasty. Maphorisa talked about the single that’s already performing well globally. “Making ‘Particular’ was really dope! It is not easy to put together 5 artists together but we did it!” On Coke Studio Africa last year, DJ Maphorisa produced the artist pairings: Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) and Patoranking (Nigeria); Kiss Daniel (Nigeria) and Bahati (Kenya) and Jaguar (Kenya) and EL (Ghana). He also produced last year’s guest star international R&B icon: Trey Songz alongside several African artists.


AFRICA NOUVEAU FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR IT’S 2ND EDITION

Described as “The future of festivals on the continent” by Okayafrica, Africa Nouveau Festival is back for its 2nd edition with a fascinating weekend set up away from Nairobi between November 10th and 12th 2017 at Small World country club Athi River. The festivals theme, Afrobubblegum, seeks to show that African music, film, fashion and art is from fun, fierce and fantastical, created simply for the love of it.

Key to making Africa Nouveau work are its core partners; Homeboyz Radio and the ‘British Council’s East Africa Arts’ programs that seeks to create skill share and networking opportunities between the creative community in the UK and East African with an intended outcome being the creation of new work for new audiences.  The creative director of Africa Nouveau, Muthoni Ndonga, says, “British Council is an instrumental partner in making the general festival experience come together, and very specifically, enabling the special focus on the fashion component and programming this year,” adding, “we are also pleased to have been put in a peer-to-peer learning environment with a festival in the UK, and together, we are working on a long term relationship to increase collaborations between UK and East African festival professionals.  Finally, we look forward to the skill transfer between Kenyan, Ugandan and UK journalists covering arts and culture also fostered by the British Council.”

Over 2-days/2-nights, attendees will be immersed in multiple experiences, notably: The eternal music vibe divided into a live music stage and an after hours DJ stage, a film stage featuring film makers from across Africa delivered on a screen and on Virtual reality headsets, A style bazaar featuring products from fashion, accessories and home ware designers, a wellness zone featuring zumba and yoga classes and wholesome organic refreshments, a renew & recharge zone where festival attendees will create energy to charge phones by cycling, a fully serviced camping experience plus a host of food and drinks stalls.

Speaking on the choice to showcase Africa’s cool, sub-culture, genre-defying artists, Muthoni asserts, “All of the cool of the world is Africa. We have always been this way, but now the world knows it. Africa Nouveau is the melting pot for all that African creativity and the birthplace for the next globally-resounding work. For one weekend, we are suspending “reality” and immersing ourselves in our a highly imaginative, creative-utopia in the middle of the hills, sky, earth and the savannah plains to connect, re-charge and re-enegrize the continent and world with our creativity and skill.”

Unlike its past edition hosted in Nairobi, this year’s festival will be tucked away from the hustle of the city. Muthoni talks on why the festival’s management picked Athi River. “We want to be among the hills and the sky and the earth. We want to be in our true nature and escape the man-made cities and their mania.”

TICKET DETAILS:

Festival Pass: 4,000 KES

2-day (Friday – Saturday) Pass: 2,500 KES

Sunday Pass: 2,000 KES

Get tickets & more info via www.AfricaNouveau.com

 

 


THE BAND BECA & BILL NASS SET TO DEBUT ON COKE STUDIO AFRICA

Fast rising East African music acts: The Band BeCa (Kenya) and Bill Nass (Tanzania) make their debut on Coke Studio Africa – 2017, this year. They will all be featuring on the show’s Big Break Segment, which gives the chance to fast rising, up and coming, artists to collaborate with industry greats. The highly acclaimed show has premiered in more than 30 countries across Africa and will broadcast till Dec, 2017.

The Kenyan girl duo The Band BeCa is the hottest girl pairing in Kenya’s music industry at the moment. On Coke Studio they will be collaborating with heavyweights on the African hip hop front: AKA (South Africa) and Olamide (Nigeria) and will be produced by acclaimed pop music producer: Sketchy Bongo (South Africa). Speaking at their unveiling at a Coke Studio press conference held at the Sarova Stanley Nairobi, Carol of The Band BeCa said, “It’s really overwhelming for upcoming artists like us to be on a big platform like Coke Studio. We feel like it is an appreciation of our hard work and also our team,” adding on their anticipated collabo, “I had never thought of ever doing a collabo with AKA so this is big for us!” Becky of The Band BeCa revealed: “Our dream was to become the Coke Studio Africa backup vocalists but now we are here and so thankful. We have learnt so much from them. They gave us feedback on our songwriting and how to put in that work so we are working towards that to get to their level.”

On the other hand, Young Tanzanian hip hop legend Bill Nass known for his hits “Raha”, “Mazoea”and “Ligi Ndogo” will be performing alongside Uganda’s dancehall queen Sheebah Karungi Ethiopia’s Asgegnew Ashko and produced by Malawian-born music producer from South Africa: Gemini Major. Speaking on his debut in Nairobi during the show’s recording, Bill Nass said: “I feel blessed to be on show, it is good feedback that my talent and hard work is now been recognized,” adding, “Working with Asgegnew and Sheebah is a really good mash up since we are from different cultures and places in Africa and that’s why I love the show because the whole idea and level of production.”

The Big Break segment returns to Coke Studio for a second year this season. Other Big Break artists on the show will include: Mashayabhuqe (South Africa), Dremo (Nigeria), Denise (Madagascar), Shellsy Baronet (Mozambique), Ozane (Togo), Worlasi (Ghana) and Ykee Benda (Uganda). Uganda’s sensational singer Lydia Jazmine is Coke Studio Africa’s first artist to be featured on the show’s Big Break artist to return only a season later as a Main Artist.


COKE STUDIO AFRICA – 2017 HOSTS VIEWING PARTY IN NAIROBI AS LATEST SEASON PREMIERES IN KENYA

On Sunday (10th September) Coke Studio Africa hosted an exclusive viewing party at Kiza Lounge, Nairobi, in celebration of the premiere of highly anticipated 2017 edition of the Kenyan produced Pan-African music show, this year dubbed Coke Studio Africa – 2017. Coke Studio divas: Dela and The Band BeCa joined a host of guests including Coca Cola Executives, Coke Studio Africa band and production crew, celebrities, influencers and Kenya’s top media at the premiere event.

Now in its fifth year in Kenya, Coke Studio Africa continues to display the best of Kenyan music and talent as well as from their African counterparts. The Kenyan artists set to feature on the show this year include “Yego” hitmaker Khaligraph Jones, Kenya’s comeback king of the “Mungu Pekee” and “Malaika” hits: Nyashinski, award-winning music group Sauti Sol, the sassy “Nikimuonasinger Avril and the fast rising girl duo – The Band BeCa.

Coke Studio aims to inspire and introduce Africa’s music talents to a new and wider audience through interaction, collaboration and cooperation amongst musical artists while also building a strong brand connection with Africa’s young and growing population. Coke Studio Africa has given Kenyan artists a platform to meet other artists and top music producers from Africa to share ideas and collaborate. It breaks the wall of both geographical and genre differences by enabling collaborations across the continent and beyond.

Several key collaborations between Kenyan artists and other African acts have been born through Coke Studio meet-ups. Since their inception on the show, Africa’s Best Group from Kenya Sauti Sol have gone on to orchestrate collaborations with artists they have met on the show. These include “Africa” with Nigerian songbird Yemi Alade, “Unconditionally Bae” with Tanzania’s Alikiba and “Oya Come Make We Go” with Nigerian music icon: 2Baba, among others. Bahati, the “Barua” hitmaker was on Coke Studio season 4 last year to collaborate with Lydia Jazmine and Kiss Daniel, after which he followed up on his time on the show and did a collabo with Uganda’s beloved “Sitya Loss” singer and BET award-winner Eddy Kenzo in the song “Barua Kwa Mama”. Other major collabos off Coke Studio include Nyashinski and Yemi Alade (who were paired on the show last year) in Yemi’s new Swahili song “Nakupenda”. King Kaka and Hip Hop Pantsula from South Africa also produced “Tulia Tu”. Self-made top Kenyan rapper, Khaligraph Jones has also collaborated with M.I Abaga from Nigeria in “Black Bill Gates” from his acclaimed mixtape.

Coke Studio Africa – 2017 also promises to deliver and spark more music collaborations beyond the show. In fact, some have already been recorded while others are still in the pipeline. “Coke Studio Africa provides a platform for our Kenyan artists to express their views to life and spread their wings across borders. Music has a way of conveying messages and uniting people and as Coca-Cola, we are happy to connect with our consumers through music,” said Lucy Oduor, Marketing Manager – Kenya.

Dubbed Coke Studio Africa – 2017, this year’s show comprises 11 one-hour episodes. The first 8 episodes will be brand new episodes with episode 9 being the season’s highlights. Episode 10 already dubbed the ‘Global Fusion Edition’ will feature the show’s international guest star: Jason Derulo alongside Kenya’s Dela. The season finale will be a special Christmas episode. Each one of the show’s episodes will have 5 segments. The second segment will be a Remix/Fusion, a section that will cleverly bring back childhood memories fondly known to Kenyans as TBT. Here artists will select ‘throwback’ music and perform their own rendition of it. The other segments will include Covers, where paired artists do each other’s songs, the Cultural Exchange, the Big Break platform and then performances of original tracks will bring the episodes to a close.


UGANDAN RISING STAR ‘YKEE BENDA’ SET TO FEATURE ON COKE STUDIO AFRICA – 2017

Multi-talented Ugandan artist Ykee Benda hailed for hit songs such as “Malaika”, “Kyenkyebula”, “Munakampala” and “Farmer” will be making his debut on Coke Studio Africa this year in the Big Break Segment paired alongside Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe) and Mr. Bow (Mozambique). The trio will be produced by top Tanzanian music producer Nahreel. The new season is set to premiere this September and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

Speaking on his debut on the show, Ykee said, “Being on Coke Studio this year will be a career changer for me as my music has also been hitting the airwaves strong this year. I know that the opportunity will also expose more quality Ugandan music to the world,” adding, “It’s also dream come true for me to work with artists I have been watching for years. I’ve got mad respect for Jah Prayzah and Mr. Bow. Now am here collaborating with them and working with the best producer in the industry. It’s just unbelievable!”

For second year in a row, Coke Studio Africa is giving a chance to fast rising up and coming artists to feature on the show’s Big Break segment where they collaborate with industry greats. Other Big Break artists on this year’s show dubbed ‘Coke Studio Africa – 2017’ include: The Band BeCa (Kenya), Denise (Madagascar), Ozane (Togo), Worlasi (Ghana), Mashayabhuqe (South Africa), Shellsy Baronet (Mozambique), Bill Nass (Tanzania), Dawit Nega (Ethiopia), Freeda (Namibia) and Dremo (Nigeria).

On working his anticipated collaboration, Ykee said, “Working with Jah Prayzah and Mr. Bow was so much fun. It was also a good learning experience as I have learnt so much about music from the other side of Africa. Both of them are professionals and I hope I will be able to incorporate the diverse genres into my music moving forward. For that I thank Coke Studio.” Eddy Kenzo, Sheebah, Bebe Cool and Lydia Jazmine are Ugandan stars that will also feature on Coke Studio Africa – 2017. This year the show includes artists from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, DRC and Cameroon.


THE ABRYANZ STYLE AND FASHION AWARDS UNVEILS 2017 CATEGORIES & OPENS NOMINATIONS

The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards – 2017 have officially announced the categories at their upcoming award ceremony and will open nominations of the ceremony from Wednesday 6th September. All details available: http://abryanzstyleandfashionawards.com/ Back on its fifth edition this year, the 2017 ASFAs have unveiled a total of 17 categories of the awards in 4 classifications: Honorary Awards, Fashion Categories, Fashion Contributors and Public Influencers.

In a different fashion from last year, the awards have excluded a total of 11 categories that were featured in the previous years. The new edition under the theme “The Fashion Takeover” – are set to be the biggest edition yet, drawing professionals in African entertainment – with a mission to shine a global spotlight on the African Fashion industry while highlighting creativity, achievement and excellence.

This year, two new categories have also been introduced: Fashion Entrepreneur of the year Uganda and Fashion Entrepreneur Africa in support of the ceremony’s theme: “Fashion Takeover”. These awards will recognize individuals who have shown outstanding commercial success of their fashion businesses or personal brands.

See below 2017 ASFAs classifications of categories:

HONORARY AWARDS

  1. Lifetime/Style and Fashion Icon Achievement Award
  2. Humanitarian Award for Works in Fashion
  3. Outstanding Model of the year
  4. Fashion Entrepreneur award (Uganda & Continental)

 CORE FASHION 

  1. Fashion Designer of the Year (Uganda & Continental)
  2. Model of the Year – Male & Female(Uganda & Continental)

 FASHION CONTRIBUTORS

  1. Make up Artist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
  2. Hair stylist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
  3. Fashion Photographer of the year (Uganda & Continental)
  4. Stylist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
  5. Best Fashion Blogger / Writer (Uganda & Continental)

PUBLIC INFLUENCERS

  1. Most stylish/Best dressed celebrity – Male & Female(Uganda & Continental)
  2. Most stylish Artiste – Male & Female(Uganda & Continental)
  3. Fashionable Music video of the Year (Uganda & Continental)
  4. Best dressed media personality of the year – Male & Female(Uganda & Continental)
  5. Fashionista of the year – Male & Female(Uganda & Continental)
  6. Best Dressed on the Red Carpet – Male & Female(Uganda & Continental)

2017 ASFAs will take place on the 8th of December at the Kampala Serena Hotel courtesy of leading CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka in association with KCCA, Bell lager and NTV Uganda. The show will be produced and directed by David Tlale from South Africa, Front of House Production from Kenya, together with Fenon Events and the ASFA team supported by MNT Consult. PR will be spearheaded by Anyiko PR Agency. Ahead of the main event, the organizers have already held a launch event held on (20th July) in Kampala, Uganda. As a build-up, a number of Fashion Takeovers will be taking place across the continent in Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.

 


NEW MEDIA CONFERENCE PARTNERS WITH ANYIKO PR FOR IT’S INAUGURAL EDITION IN KENYA (SEPT 29TH) AT MICHAEL JOSEPH CENTRE

Two of Africa’s leaders in digital marketing: OloriSuperGal and Anyiko PR collaborate to bring the maiden edition of New Media Conference (NMC) to East Africa under the theme: “Driving Kenya’s Socio-economic Transformation through New Media.” The renowned digital conference founded in Nigeria by leading digital and communication expert, Tosin Ajibade, will be held in Nairobi on Friday, 29th September 2017 at the Michael Joseph Centre. The one-day event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is set to attract key stakeholders and industry players in Kenya’s digital space.

Following the success of the Nigerian edition initiated two years ago, the New Media Conference now comes to Nairobi, set to spark conversations that will enlighten key stakeholders in media, entertainment and business regarding developments in the digital space and how to maximize or stretch their capacity for more impact.

Speaking on the conference’s anticipated expansion to East Africa, the founder of the New Media Conference and OloriSuperGal Digital entity, Tosin Ajibade says, “The new media conversation is global and we chose Nairobi, Kenya as our next city to host the New Media Conference because of the level of awareness and adoption of new media in driving social, political, and economic conversations,” adding, “It is no surprise that key tech initiatives by major multinationals have found residence in Kenya’s capital city. Alibaba Founder, Jack Ma’s recent visit to Nairobi is just one of the high profile visits within the last few years. This underscores the importance of the city amongst Africa’s emerging tech titans. We want to be driving these important conversations, and now is the time!”

The Nairobi conference will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, brand showcase, and master classes. The conversations will be held across industries and niches such as Technology, Elections, Policy and Governance, Tourism, Entertainment, Healthcare, Agriculture, and Payments.

The CEO & Founder of new age PR genius collective: Anyiko PR, Anyiko Owoko says, “As a collective, Anyiko PR is more than honoured to collaborate on the launch of New Media Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. We have come together with the team behind the conference because they are forward thinkers and currently run the most important digital conference that will shape today’s emerging businesses and entrepreneurs.”

According to the Digital planet 2017, aimed evaluating the digital economy across 6o countries Kenya is ranked at no 4 and Nigeria at 25 in the 2017 Digital Evolution Index- Momentum score, and 52 and 55 respectively in the Digital Evolution Index 2017. With a youthful population and relatively high adoption rate of adoption of new media platforms and tools in highlighting socio economic development issues and proffering viable solutions. One city at a time, and for starters, the NMC platform extends to Nairobi, in line with OloriSuperGal and Anyiko PR’s mission and strategy to expand across Africa while influencing and shaping conversations across the continent.

The conference will feature Kenyan Media Gurus hosting our panel discussions. Some of the panel discussions include:

  • The Impact of New Media on Elections, Policies & Governance
  • Re-selling Kenya to the World through Tourism – What’s Next?
  • Addressing the issues about the entertainment industry

Masterclass sessions that will run parallel to the panel discussions will tackle key areas in digital marketing as follows:

  • Content Strategy: How to Leverage Digital Marketing for Your Business
  • Building a Profitable Global/Personal Brand from the Scratch
  • How to Use Social Media Channels to Promote Your Music/Movie Effectively

18 COKE STUDIO STARS AMONG ‘2017 AFRIMA AWARDS’ NOMINATIONS LIST

In yet another major milestone, 18 Coke Studio Africa artists are among Africa’s top celebrated stars nominated at the 2017 edition of the annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), set to take place this November. The nominees were unveiled this August at Renaissance Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria revealing Coke Studio Africa – 2017 artists: Yemi Alade, Alikiba, AKA, Runtown, Nasty C, Eddy Kenzo, Locko, Anselmo Ralph, Jah Prayzah, Busiswa, Amanda Black, Kiff No Beat, Mafikizolo, Micasa, Bebe Cool, Nyashinski, Olamide and Nandi among nominees in AFRIMA’s regional and continental preliminaries. This year’s nominee list includes 33 categories, 10 regional and 23 genre-based categories, with Coke Studio stars bagging 25 nomination slots.

Fresh off releasing her new EP: “Mama Afrique”, multi-award winning Nigerian artist Yemi Alade returns to the show for the fourth time this year performing alongside French Congolese rapper Youssoupha. She has been nominated in the Best Female Artiste in Western Africa category. Another Nigerian star, Runtown, of the “Mad Over You” hit has been nominated in the coveted category of Best Male Artiste in Western Africa up against Nigerian heavy weights Davido and Wizkid. Runtown makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa this year paired alongside Africa’s coolest kid: Nasty C.

2017 is a great year already for Eddy Kenzo! He just released his new album “BIOLOGY” and returns to Coke Studio for a second time paired alongside Ghanaian artist Bisa Kdei. He is among the AFRIMA nominees in the category of Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa together with Coke Studio king from Tanzania: Alikiba. AFRIMA category of Best Male Artiste in Central Africa includes Coke Studio stars: Anselmo Ralph (Angola) and Locko (Cameroon) both making their debut on the show this year. On the show Anselmo Ralph is paired with Mi Casa (South Africa) and Locko is paired with Tresor (South Africa/Congo). Eddy Kenzo has also been nominated for the Video of the Year category, Album of the Year in Africa, Artiste of the year in Africa and Song of the Year.

From South Africa, Coke Studio rappers: Nasty C and AKA are nominated in the Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, alongside Zimbabwean music general Jah Prayzah who collaborates with Mozambique’s Mr. Bow and Ugandan artist Ykee Benda on his Coke Studio debut this year. South African divas: Busiswa and Amanda Black will battle it out in the category of Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa. While Busiswa has been paired with Zambian artist Slap Dee on the show, Amanda Black collaborated with Ghanaian “Tonga” star: Joey B.

In subsequent AFRIMA nominations other Coke Studio stars have been nominated in the continental categories. They include Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast) Mafikizolo and Mi Casa (South Africa) in the Best African Group category. For the Best Artist or Group in African Contemporary category, the nominees include Anselmo Ralph (Angola) and Alikiba (Tanzania). Aje by Alikiba Ft. MI has also been nominated in the category of Best Collaboration alongside Jah Prayzah’s Watora Mari ft Diamond and Supporter by Locko Ft. Mr Leo.

Uganda’s King of dancehall Bebe Cool is among the nominees for Best Artist or Group in African Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall. The other categories in the continental awards that are aimed at shaping the narrative of African Music across the globe include: Best Artist or Group in African Hip Hop AKA (South Africa), Nasty C (South Africa); Best Artist or Group in African R&B and Soul – Alikiba (Tanzania), Anselmo Ralph (Angola); Best Artist in African Pop – Locko (Cameroon) and Yemi Alade (Nigeria).

The African Fans Favourite category has also attracted 10 nominees, with two going to Coke Studio stars; Nyashinski (Kenya) and Olamide (Nigeria). Other categories with Coke Studio stars include; Songwriter of the Year category – Anselmo Ralph, Revelation of The Year – Nasty C and Runtown, Producer of the Year and Song of the Year – Runtown.

Public voting is open! Vote for your favourite Coke Studio Africa stars via www.afrima.org


TOP INSTRUMENTALISTS KASIVA MUTUA & OLIVE KARMEN SET TO JOIN COKE STUDIO AFRICA – 2017

 

Two of Kenya’s leading female instrumentalists: the TEDGlobal 2017 fellow, Kasiva Mutua, (Percussionist) and Olive Karmen (Drummer) are set to debut on Africa’s biggest music show, Coke Studio Africa – 2017, this year as part of the show’s live band. This is the first time Coke Studio Africa has featured female instrumentalists in a bold move to show that Africa has great talent and there are many opportunities for women in the arts industry. The two have both grown tremendously in their careers and are considered to be the best professionals in their field.

Speaking on her debut on Coke Studio, Kasiva says, “I am humbled to be on Coke Studio Africa because it is a big platform for an artist and for the show to consider me it shows that my hard work has paid off,” adding, “The platform has exposed me to afro pop music which I had not done before. I am now able to infuse some elements of percussions into afro pop and still make it dope!” Kasiva – a Ted 2017 fellow just gave a talk in Tanzania at the TEDGlobal 2017 Conference about her career and how to be a successful in your craft. Her love for percussions has seen her perform on various platforms locally and internationally. She has also shared the stage with a number of veteran artists such as Kidum, Dela, Mutinda, Suzanna Owiyo and Iddi Achieng.

After being given opportunities to hone her skills and become a better artist by several artists including Kenyan singer Sage, celebrated Kenyan drummer, Olive Karmen, will make her debut on Coke Studio this year as one of the show’s drummers. She has been mentoring youth on music and drumming at BLAZE Mentorship Initiative. Since 2012, her career in the music industry has grown exponentially. Speaking on her involvement on the show, Karmen says, “Coke Studio Africa has opened me up to new audiences and new opportunities to work with artists that normally I wouldn’t have been in contact with. It has opened my eyes on new ways of creating new sounds with some of Africa’s most influential artists,” adding, “The experience has been exciting! I can’t really be put into words.”

This year, Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one—bigger and better, Coke Studio Africa – 2017. The show will include artists from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, DRC and Cameroon. The new season will premiere in more than 30 countries across Africa from September this year.

Photo Courtesy TEDGlobal 2017

 


THE ABRYANZ STYLE AND FASHION AWARDS UNVEILS 2017 CATEGORIES

 

The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards – 2017 have officially announced the categories at their upcoming award ceremony. Back on its fifth edition this year, the 2017 ASFAs have unveiled a total of 17 categories of the awards in 4 classifications: Honorary Awards, Fashion Categories, Fashion Contributors and Public Influencers. Nominations of the ceremony are expected to begin worldwide from Monday 4th September.

In a different fashion from last year, the awards have excluded a total of 11 categories that were featured in the previous years. The new edition under the theme “The Fashion Takeover” – are set to be the biggest edition yet, drawing professionals in African entertainment – with a mission to shine a global spotlight on the African Fashion industry while highlighting creativity, achievement and excellence.

This year, two new categories have also been introduced: Fashion Entrepreneur of the year Uganda and Fashion Entrepreneur Africa in support of the ceremony’s theme: “Fashion Takeover”. These awards will recognize individuals who have shown outstanding commercial success of their fashion businesses or personal brands.

See below 2017 ASFAs classifications of categories:

HONORARY AWARDS 

  1. Lifetime/Style and Fashion Icon Achievement Award
  2. Humanitarian Award for Works in Fashion
  3. Outstanding Model of the year
  4. Fashion Entrepreneur award (Uganda & Continental)

 FASHION CATEGORIES 

  1. Fashion Designer of the Year (Uganda & Continental)
  2. Model of the Year – Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)

  FASHION CONTRIBUTOR’S 

  1. Make up Artist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
  2. Hair stylist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
  3. Fashion Photographer of the year (Uganda & Continental)
  4. Stylist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
  5. Best Fashion Blogger / Writer (Uganda & Continental)

PUBLIC INFLUENCER’S

  1. Most stylish/Best dressed celebrity – Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
  2. Most stylish Artiste – Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
  3. Fashionable Music video of the Year (Uganda & Continental)
  4. Best dressed media personality of the year – Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
  5. Fashionista of the year – Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
  6. Best Dressed on the Red Carpet – Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)

2017 ASFAs will take place on the 8th of December at the Kampala Serena Hotel courtesy of leading CIROC in association with KCCA, Bell lager and NTV Uganda. The show will be produced and directed by David Tlale from South Africa, Front of House Production from Kenya, together with Fenon Events and the ASFA team supported by MNT Consult. PR will be spearheaded by Anyiko PR Agency.

Ahead of the main event, the organizers have already held a launch event held on (20th July) in Kampala, Uganda. As a build-up, a number of Fashion Takeovers will be taking place across the continent in September in Namibia (1st – 2nd Sept), Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.