Nine years after he last toured Kenya, Ethiopian singer and producer Henok Mehari is back in Nairobi to take part in the continental TV show Coke Studio Africa, where he will collaborate with Nigeria’s Cynthia Morgan on a unique fusion of Ethiopian and Nigerian music.
“It feels great to be back in Nairobi!” he said. “My participation at Coke Studio Africa is really timely. After the release of my album 790, I have been encouraging my band the Mehari Brothers that we need to forge newer working relations with other artists outside Ethiopia. Coke Studio Africa is thus a timely opportunity to explore and find out what other artists are doing and how we can work together.”
Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive show seeking to bring together, and showcase the diversity of African musical talent. It also gives upcoming artistes the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent. It brings together artistes from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion.
While in Kenya, Henok will collaborate with Nigerian singer Cynthia Morgan, whose music is a fusion of pop, hip-hop and dancehall. She shot into limelight following the release of two hit singles, ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ and ‘Lead Me On’, which received massive airplay and positive reviews.
Looking beyond Coke Studio Africa, Henok is excited to get back to Ethiopia, where he will start working on a nationwide tour to promote the new album. He hopes to then take their music to the rest of the world. “We hope that the tour of the nine cities will begin in October,” notes Henok. “Immediately after this tour we look forward to touring the US and Europe.”