East Africa stand up! The acclaimed Ethiopian hip hop artiste Lij Michael, famed for the songs “Zaraye yehun nege” and “Alrada Larada” is in Nairobi courtesy of Africa’s biggest non-competitive music show: Coke Studio Africa. He will make his debut on the show this year, paired with Tanzanian music group Yamoto Band of the hit song “Nitakupwelepweta” – also first-timers on the upcoming fourth season.
Speaking on his grand debut, Lij said, “The beat producer DSK gave us at the studio sounds like the Tanzanian cultural beat and at the same time I found my country’s [authentic Ethiopian] beat. [When the show premieres], expect a great performance – it is going to be fire!” He also praised Coke Studio Africa citing that the music and cultural exchange between him and Yamoto Band has so far been amazing.
The artistes, expected to put together seamless sounds of bongo and the best of Ethiopian hip hop, will collaborate on songs produced by France-based producer DSK (originally from Ivory Coast). Enock Bella of Yamoto Band said, “We are ecstatic to work with Lij Michael and looking forward to fusing bongo flava with genres from Ethiopia,” adding, “I appreciate Coke Studio Africa for believing in us by giving us an opportunity to feature on the show, and showcase our music at this early stage of our musical career. The studio and production is also at a larger scale than anything we have ever worked on before and for that we are excited!”
Lij Michael and Yamoto Band will be taking over the Coca-Cola Facebook Page Live from 2 p.m. tomorrow Thursday (1st Sept) from 2 p.m. Don’t miss to catch the live broadcast! They will also respond to your questions on their musical journey. Tweet @CocaColaAfrica your questions using the hashtags: #AskYamotoBand #AskLijMichael #CokeStudioAfrica
DSK is among the top African producers on the show this season tasked to engineer music fusions from various top African artistes selected from more than 11 countries. Others include Madtraxx (Kenya), Bushingtone (Uganda), Masterkraft (Nigeria), Chopstix (Nigeria) and Maphorisa (South Africa).
Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive show seeking to bring together, and showcase the diversity of African musical talent. Additionally to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Mozambique – the upcoming season 4 of Coke Studio Africa now includes artistes from Ethiopia, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon and Ivory Coast. The show gives artistes from all genres, eras and stature the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent.
Lij Michael aka Faf is a pioneer of hip hop music in Ethiopia. Known for his unique style of music and exceptionally griping performance, he prides himself in being a pioneer in their every-changing industry. Incorporating the Ethiopian flavor sound with hip hop, Lij represents the vibrant new age Ethiopian music scene.
Alrada Larada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fogPqlR2d_I
Yamoto Band comprises four young talented Tanzanian artistes: Dogo Aslay, Maromboso, Enock Bella and Beka 1. They are one of the fastest rising music groups in East Africa and adored for their relatable hit songs, including “Niseme”, “Yamoto” and “Nitajuta”. Their soulful, non-hype bongo flava music has garnered them a wide fan base in Tanzania and beyond. As they continue to make worthy strides in the music industry, the group keeps producing quality music.
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