Celebrated Ethiopian music group, Jano Band, make their debut on Coke Studio Africa this year, collaborating with South African avant-garde soul/R&B singer: Shekhinah. The pair will be produced by acclaimed music producer Gemini Major. Speaking in Nairobi during the recording of the show, Jano Band said: “Being on Coke Studio Africa is very nice – this is the biggest platform for connecting African artists. Our collaboration with Shekinah is the best experience so far. Her way of singing is so different from ours – it’s the way she puts words together, and the way she feels the music. Our genres are different so sharing that energy while together on the same stage is going to be wonderful.”
On the other hand, Shekhinah will also be featuring on Coke Studio’s special episode dubbed ‘Global Fusion Edition’ alongside Ethiopian music star Betty G, 10 other African stars and the American R&B/pop star – Jason Derulo. Speaking at a Coke Studio Africa Nairobi Press Conference, Shekhinah thanked Coke Studio for the opportunity, saying, “Not a lot of female artists from my country get this opportunity. Coke Studio Africa has opened a lot of African borders, I never knew Ethiopia had such amazing good music and I would have never dreamt about collaborating with African artists if I didn’t step out of my own country and stop focusing on myself,” adding, “Thanks Coke Studio Africa for allowing me to collaborate and understand other cultures, this is amazing!”
According to Coca-Cola brand manager for Ethiopia Tigist Getu, Coke Studio Africa creates a tremendous opportunity for artists to shine globally. “Being part of such a platform which connects Africa through music is amazing. Through the experience it helps artists to grow professionally. I believe it will do the same for Jano Band. Not only will it expose their music to the global audience, but it also creates other opportunities for Ethiopia and the band’s name to glisten on the international music arena”.
While in Nairobi, Jano Band announced that they are working on releasing their second album in Ethiopia. The album was recorded in Italy and America. They said, “We are planning to collaborate with more artists from Africa and abroad including Shekhinah. That will give us the energy and the platform to create and express our feelings and culture throughout the world.”
Jano Band is an ethio–rock fusion band from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are known for fusing and blending bass, heavy guitars, drums, electronic sounds with a hint of reggae. Jano Band came into the limelight in 2011, as a result of a nationwide talent search by renowned music manager Addis Gesesse and Ethiopian entrepreneur Ermisa Amelgafor. In 2012, they released their first album “ERTALE”. The album was published by Trio Entertainment Pic and Rock the World Music. The successful release of their album propelled them to the international markets such as Europe, America, Dubai and Britain where they held successful shows.