Nigerian superstar, Falz known for hits like “jeje”, “soft work” and “soldier” is set to return to Coke Studio Africa for the second time this year, paired with legendary Ugandan artist Bebe Cool, who is going to make his anticipated debut on the show this year.
Last year Falz was paired with Tanzanian rapper Joh Makini, and the two of them produced great covers of each other’s songs and an original track titled “You Dey Hot”. While speaking exclusively at the show’s Behind the Music Studios in Nairobi during the show’s recording, Falz said, “It feels terrific to work with Bebe Cool. He is a very cool guy, a very chill guy. So far, we have a good working relationship, and we are getting along well. I am looking forward to learning more from him about his culture and language that’s what is most exciting about this Coke Studio experience.” As part of the music collaborations, the two will also participate in Coke Studio’s Food Culture Exchange segment.
Falz and Bebe Cool will be produced by one of Nigeria’s top music producer GospelOnDeBeatz. Falz disclosed some information on his collaboration with Bebe Cool: “Expect a lot of fire. Bebe Cool is a big dancehall artist, and I am a hip hop artist so that fusion is going to be electric!” Both Bebe Cool and Falz will also feature in a special Coke Studio dubbed “The Global Fusion Edition” alongside Coke Studio Africa’s international guest star, the American Pop/R&B star Jason Derulo and eight other talented African stars. They include Dela (Kenya), Mr Bow (Mozambique), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia), Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe), Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroon) and Denise (Madagascar). 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 promises to be a melting pot of music talents bringing together renowned music producers and top-notch artists drawn from various parts of the continent. The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in the previous edition.