Asgegnew Ashko: Mixing Traditional Sounds with Modern Vibes

Asgegnew Ashko: Mixing Traditional Sounds with Modern Vibes

He always has a bright smile on his face that lights up the ambiance; the same goes for his songs. Asgegnew Ashko is currently one of the most favorite artists in Ethiopia. And now, Asge is featured on the fifth season of Coke Studio Africa.

Asgegnew expressed his excitement to be on Coke Studio Africa on a press conference at Stanely hotel, Nairobi this August. Speaking at the conference on being one of the Ethiopian artists participating in this year’s Coke Studio Africa and the contribution of the platform for the growth and exposure of African music in general Asge said, “Since my childhood, the music industry has been dominated by music from the western world and I used to be jealous of those artists. But now we are at a very good time.

African music is being heard and appreciated globally. I’m also grateful that I have grown to be part of that; I have crossed one border with Coke Studio Africa, bringing my country’s music and flavors from Ethiopia to Kenya. And this stage is going to take me to the rest of Africa and the world, I’m very happy about this”.

Coca-Cola brand manager in Ethiopia Tigist Getu says, “In the first three episodes of Coke Studio Africa 2017, we have witnessed the colorful New Year song by this season’s Ethiopian Coke Studio Africa artists, Dawit Nega’s journey to Coke Studio Africa, Sami Dan firing up the stage with his dancehall performance and Betty G putting tears in the eyes of Tanzanian artist Nandy with her phenomenal cover performance” Tigist said. Adding, “we expect Asge’s collaboration with Sheebah to be the same; big and euphoric. We invite everyone to enjoy it”.

This week’s headline artists, Kenyan rap king Nyashinski and South African super group Mafikizolo join up to discover more about each other’s music and create something special while DRC-born South African resident Tresor, and Cameroon’s multi-talented Locko, have some fun with the Coke Studio Africa Throwback.

Ugandan dancehall dominator Sheebah and our very own Asge also join up to discover more about each other’s music and create something awesome. Speaking on his collaboration with Sheebah on big break episode Asge said they’ve made amazing music adding that everyone should anticipate great collaboration. The two artists will also be working with Future star Tanzanian rapper Bill Nass in music collaborations that will be produced by Gemini Major – an acclaimed music producer.

Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive music collaboration show, which seeks to bring people together and celebrate the diversity of African music and talent. It also gives upcoming artists the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talents. It brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion.

Source; Capitalethiopia

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Jano band makes an impressive Coke Studio debut

Jano band makes an impressive Coke Studio debut
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

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.

Source: CapitalEthiopia

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