Why ‘collabos’ could be the future of African music

Coke Studio Africa is  making it easier for artistes to unify at no fee. The show tasks each artiste every season to collaborate with another, and a house live band. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Collaborations among artistes in Africa, as is the case world over, can be big business. Some will charge for collabos, as they are fondly referred to. But Coke Studio Africa is  making it easier for artistes to unify at no fee.
  • The show tasks each artiste every season to collaborate with another, and a house live band. Kenyan acts on the upcoming show include Sauti Sol, Wangechi, Juacali, Elani and Avril.
  • Local and international producers have guided and produced music mash-ups between the artistes – a new format of the show that will present Africa with essentially new songs.

There is debate as to whether music is world’s biggest unifying factor. In Africa however, artistes remain clustered by regions: East, South or West. Musicians in regions such as West Africa have excelled in forming collaborations between artistes.

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