Rwanda is now part of Coke Studio Africa and their first artiste to join is singer Bruce Melodie. He is set to collaborate on the show with top Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones of the “Micasa Sucasa” fame, another first timer on the show. The pairing will be produced by superstar South African music producer DJ Maphorisa returning on the show for a second time, and recording several artistes including American R&B and pop star: Jason Derulo for Coke Studio’s upcoming Global Fusion Edition.
Khaligraph talked about his anticipated debut the show, saying, “I am very happy to be part of Coke Studio this time round. So far, it’s a very good experience for me.” About working with Bruce Melodie, Khaligraph says, “I’ve worked with different artistes but Coke Studio is unique as you work with an artiste closely and get to know them more beyond the music. Plus it’s always good to link up with artistes from different backgrounds and countries. On Coke Studio, you are able to exchange ideas and come up with a proper mixture of ideas.”
His collaborator Bruce said, “At first I didn’t want to collaborate with a rapper but after starting to collaborate with Khaligraph I got to know that the show’s producers and directors know what they are doing when they set up the pairings,” enthusing, “Khaligraph and I match perfectly and I like him because he is a hard worker.”
This year Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one—bigger and better Coke Studio Africa 2017, set to air across 30 African countries starting September.