I wore red to the Uganda launch of Coke Studio Africa that went down at Zone 7 on Wednesday. It’s a good thing I was seated down for a lot of it or I could have been mistaken for one of the beautiful Coke ushers.
As soon as I walked in, I was presented with a Coke swag bag which I opened as soon as I located my date and we both located a table to sit at that wasn’t too close to the stage (which I regretted later on in the night when people started winning goodies). Inside the swag bag was my very own pair of Beat by Dre headphones! I can’t even begin to say how exciting this was, I love free stuff but even more I love free stuff that I love. The swag bags also had cute vests, a cap and a traditional local instrument (I got a shaker and my date got an Adungu which I’ve been sucking at playing since).
The event was great fun but I’ll start by telling you what Coke Studio Africa even is. Coke Studio Africa is a TV show showcasing music from different parts of Africa by fusing different styles, genres and getting different artists working together to make a great sound that is then broadcast into your living room (or wherever you will be watching from). It will air on NTV on Saturdays at 8.00pm starting on the 5th of October so go set those reminders now.
There are 3 artists from Uganda taking part in Coke Studio Africa, Lillian Mbabazi, Joel Sebunjo and Qwela and on Wednesday night, we were treated to a live performance from all 3 artists. Joel Sebunjo, who plays the Kora like a West African, was first up backed by Qwela they sounded great! Seriously, you guys, if you ever get a chance to see Joel Sebunjo, do it because this man does not mess around. Lillian played crowd favourite, Danger, also backed by Qwela and it had everyone singing alone. And then of course, Qwela showed us why they’re possibly the best contemporary band playing live in Uganda right now.
After this joy overload, we got to see the episode that will air on Saturday and I have to say, you guys, it was great. I don’t want to get into spoiler territory so I’ll just tell you that you’ll see artists from Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Central African Republic and Mali. Whatever you do, you have to see this episode if only for the version of African Rapper Number One.
Now go and set that reminder and I’ll see y’all on Twitter to talk about the show while it’s airing.