The 2019 season of Coke Studio Africa announced its upcoming All Women finale Episode in a powerful statement and a trail-blazing move, unveiling some of Kenya’s top female instrumentalists who will be part of the show’s live band in the finale episode.
They include Kasiva Mutua (Percussions), Wendy Kemunto (Vocals), Ivy Alexander (Guitar), Naomi Ziro (Bass Guitar) and Mutindi Tindi Muasa (Keyboard).
Kasiva Mutua makes her second return to the show this year. She shares her experience: “It’s been a real vibe working with different artists from across Africa and enjoying their different personalities, which is what I feed off when am creating.”
Fast-rising singer Kemunto first appeared as a background vocals singer on Coke Studio Africa. Now a fully-fledged singer and songwriter, she will appear on the big stage in her own spotlight, “Being given the chance to actually do a song on such a huge platform means so much to me,” adding, “I was a background singer last time, it’s very different as an artist this time around! There is a bit of pressure but it’s very exciting.”
From performing at several top stages such as the Safaricom International Jazz Festival, guitarist Ivy Alexander joins Coke Studio Africa, as the show’s first female guitarist. Speaking on her debut, she says, “My experience on Coke Studio Africa has been amazing and interesting as I got to meet artists that I never thought I’d ever be in the same space with which I admit has made me grow musically,”
Naomi never in a million years would have thought that she would feature on the show as an instrumentalist. The bassist says, “I did not expect the show to be what it is. My take away from the whole experience is the resilience from the whole crew – this is the first place that I have seen that happen.”
From honing her skills with as a keyboardist, bass guitarist and vocalist, Tindi has performed with the likes of Gravitti Band, The Flower Project and June Gachui. This is her first time on the show which she admits came as a shocker: “Everyone looks forward to being on Coke Studio Africa but I never thought it would happen this fast. “
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