Two of East Africa’s leading and most talented ladies from Uganda: Sheebah Karungi and Lydia Jazmine will feature on this year's edition of Coke Studio Africa. While Sheebah is making her debut on the show this year, Lydia is making her big return on the show – after being on the show’s Big Break segment last year performing alongside Bahati (Kenya) and Kiss Daniel (Nigeria).
This year, Lydia has been paired with Liloca from Mozambique – to be produced by top South African producer – Sketchy Bongo. Sheebah has been paired with Asgegnew Ashko from Ethiopia. The two will also be collaborating with Tanzanian rapper Bill Nass in music collaborations that will be produced by Gemini Major - acclaimed music producer.
Sheebah, Lydia Jazmine, Asgegnew Ashko, Liloca, Avril (Kenya) and Sketchy Bongo were unveiled at a Coke Studio Africa Nairobi press conference held at the Stanley Hotel, last week. Speaking at the presser, Sheebah said, “My dream is to be the biggest super star I can ever be. Being on Coke Studio Africa this year is one of the things that make me feel like am on my way now - I am so honoured to be here and that Coke Studio has recognized me,” adding, “ Africa is recognizing me and I am happy to be working with talented producers and musicians. I am going to use this opportunity to do everything I can to go the next level. Looking forward to knowing everybody and Africa knowing me.”
On the role that Coke Studio played on the trajectory of her career, Lydia said, “I am blessed to be back on Coke Studio 2017, I lack the words to express the experience because It is more than just amazing! It’s the biggest African stage we have and every artist would love to be on the stage. As Lydia Jazmine, I was one of the big break artists last year. Since then my life has never been the same - my career back home boomed! Everyone is now looking at me in a different way and my music is up there!”
Sheebah and Lydia are among Uganda artists on this year’s show. The others include Bebe Cool and Eddy Kenzo. All the music they create on the show will be performed and recorded live alongside Coke Studio’s highly talented house band. Coke Studio Africa also gives a chance to upcoming artists to feature on the show as a Big Break artist. The new season is set to premiere in different regions from September this year and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.