Coke Studio Africa All Women Finale to Commemorate International Women’s Day (2019)
In the marking and celebration of 2019 International Women’s Day, the 2019 season of Coke Studio Africa announced an all women finale episode in a powerful statement and a trail-blazing move. This was the first time in the history of the Pan African music property featured an all-female episode, that included female singers, rappers, music producers, studio engineers, a full band, as well as key behind the scenes crew like, content directors, scriptwriters, editors, camera operators and floor managers amongst others.
Over the last six seasons of Coke Studio Africa, the show continues to highlight Africa’s great talent and the opportunities for women in the arts and entertainment industry. Approximately 60% of all the professionals that worked on Coke Studio Africa comprise of women. Coke Studio Africa continues to give more meaningful and competitive opportunities to women in the field of arts and music, through the platform.
Top female instrumentalists from Kenya who were part of Coke Studio Africa All Women Band in the finale episode included Kasiva Mutua (Percussions), Wendy Kemunto (Vocals), Ivy Alexander (Guitar), Naomi Ziro (Bass Guitar) and Mutindi Tindi Muasa (Keyboard). Top female artists drawn from across the continent included Nazizi (Kenya), Lioness (Namibia), Boity (South Africa), Sheebah (Uganda), Nandy (Tanzania), Lourena Nhate (Mozambique), Tamy (Zimbabwe) and music producer Viola Karuri (Kenya), among others.
The Then Head of Content Excellence, for Coca-Cola Southern and East African Business Unit Monali Shah said, “We are very excited for all women finale episode of the 2019 edition of Coke Studio Africa. It’s the first time the production is taking such a bold move in the history of Coke Studio Africa to spotlight the amazing talent we have in entertainment. The kind of talent and artists we met and discovered during the process was mind blowing.”
Watch the powerful episode: