By Anyiko Owoko
One of Uganda’s most celebrated artists – Navio – returns to Coke Studio Africa for a second time. He will be featured in the new season of the show, set to premiere in the coming few months. While speaking at an exclusive media connect session at Coke Studio Africa set in Nairobi, Navio
revealed that together with The Mith, fellow Ugandan rapper – he has been planning a major comeback of their former hip hip duo: Klear Kut. The music group came to life in 2000. After famous karaokes around Kampala, they quickly gained reputation for original compositions and performances.
“Klear Kut is a legendary group and still in the top of East African groups. We made a lot of firsts in Uganda, reason why we created a big brand. Now we can’t just tease the public as we have the whole group to consider. Expect a proper comeback with an album dropping in 2015 and an upcoming single “Let it rain” to be released in two months,” said Navio alongside The Mith, who accompanied him to Nairobi.
Navio has recently released music videos with Tanzanian rapper Mr. Blue “Ayaya” and the steamy “Ndi Mukodo” with Uganda’s Cindy, former Blue 3 Member. In the new season of Coke Studio Africa, Navio is paired with Mozambican R&B singer G2. The two are collaborating in the show’s new mash-up style format and being produced by Kenyan producer Jaaz Odongo. Of what’s not to miss about their collabo, Navio said, “It’s really cool working with an R&B guy. We can make R&B and hip hop song intricate and you will hear it on the show.”
Navio went on gushing about his love for Kenya – his birth country. He said, “I was born out here in Kenya because my family was involved in some revolutionary activities here.” Navio credits his high profile status to talent and a wealth of experience. “I keep up with trends, change flows and experiment many times coming up with new material on the spot.”
In the new season of Coke Studio Africa, Navio joins more than twenty music stars from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Mozambique – all have made a mark in their local music scene. They include Jose Chameleone, Juliana Kanyamozi, Elani, Neyma, Alikiba, Vanessa Mdee, Yemi
Alade, 2Face Idibia, Ice Prince and Eva Alordia. I**n this third and most exciting season of Coke Studio Africa, the musicians have been paired with visionary music producers and South African Grammy Award-winning music expert Zwai Bala, the show’s music director. The team will steer phenomenal music production. New season premieres soon!