By Anastasia Paulus
WINDHOEK – Namibian music star, Freeda will collaborate with artists from Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Mauritius during her adventure Africa’s biggest music show—Coke Studio Africa. She is the first Namibian singer to grace the continental music show.
In a statement issued by the organisers, Freeda is paired alongside Ivorian’ Kiff No Beat and Wawa from Madagascar. The pairings will be produced by heavy-weight Nigerian music producer, Gospel On De Beatz.
Coke Studio, the flagship of Coca Cola Company is a music show that brings artistes from different genres, eras and regions together to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion.
Coca-Cola Company has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into a bigger Coke Studio Africa 2017 that also saw more countries like Namibia being drafted into the show. Set to take over households with mega live performances and an exclusive behind the scenes documentation of how hit songs are created. Back for the fifth time, Coke studio 2017 will premiere from August in southern and central Africa and from September in East and West Africa and will be broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.
Namibians fans can tune in on One Africa TV, which will broadcast the show every Saturday for the next eleven weeks.
It feature artistes from countries including Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique and Cameroon.
“My experience at Coke Studio Africa has so far been one of the best experiences in my music career. It was very enriching and I had so much fun doing what I love most. It really meant a lot to me to be part of such a great musical show. It is a platform that will give me mileage as an African musician,” Freeda is quoted as saying about Coke Studio debut.
On her Coke Studio collaborations, she said said: “Working with talented artists like Kiff no Beat and Wawa Salegy was fun and educative. I learned a thing or two about Madagascar and Ivory Coast when it comes to their music and culture. I would like to thank Coke Studio Africa for the great experience and giving me opportunity to connect with artistes all over Africa and rich a wider Pan African market.”
Freeda, real name Frieda Haindaka is signed under the Westcoast Group. She has been making headlines ever since the disbanding of the award-wining girls’ duo, Gal Level.
Alongside her former bandmate Oteya real name Daphne Williams – Gal Level dominated the Namibian music scene for more than a decade until the split in 2013.
Freeda is now of the few African musicians listed on MTV’s website as an MTV Artist sharing the popular platform with global icons like Beyonce, Drake and Rihanna.