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Coke Studio Africa II : Divine Sorrow

If you had told us in the beginning of this year that we were going to meet and photograph multiple Grammy award winning superstar Wyclef Jean, we would never have believed you. But thankfully we were blessed with the opportunity to re-join Coke Studio Africa for their electric second season and it came to pass!

 

Working on Coke Studio has always been a special experience; from having a rare glimpse into the collaborative process between the artists and the house band, to learning from legends in the industry and of course being a part of a family of extremely talented professionals in the production crew.

During his visit, Wyclef and his band collaborated with 7 African artists; Rabbit from Kenya, Shaa from Tanzania, Neyma from Mozambique, Navio from Uganda, Chidinma from Nigeria, US – based producer and jazz trumpeter  Owuor Arunga and Cameroonian guitar maestro and Coke Studio band leader Franck Biyong, on his brand new hit produced by Avicci – “Divine Sorrow”. It was an intense, activity filled three days as the crew interacted with the artists and pulled together to produce a worthy finale. What do you think? It was uber cool to watch it all come together

“Divine Sorrow” is part of the Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation campaign that was created by Coca-Cola in partnership with (RED) — the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver. Proceeds from the single will benefit the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and will help finance grants that provide HIV prevention, testing, counseling, treatment, and care services.

This post begins our final series for this year as we take stock and Give Thanks for the amazing whirlwind experience that 2014 has been. Enjoy!

[You know the drill, click to view as gallery]

Wyclef chilling in the BTM lounge

Kicking it with some of the super cool BTM crew; Leonard, Frank, Ivy and Alan

Kicking it with the super cool BTM crew; (L – R) Leonard, Frank, Ivy, Alan and Bush photobombing (as usual)

Hastag: all of the lights John Khisa at work :)

Hashtag: all of the lights
John Khisa at work 🙂

 

DJ Leon

DJ Leon

Franck Biyong and Wyclef figuring out the chords

Franck Biyong and Wyclef figuring out the chords

Rabbit and DJ Leon in the booth

Rabbit and DJ Leon in the booth

Patrick, the bassist

Patrick, the bassist

Channeling the Unknown DJ during practice

Candid moments with Navio during rehearsal

Candid moments with Navio during rehearsal

King Kaka vibing with Wyclef

King Kaka vibing with Wyclef

Owuor getting his notes right during practice

Owuor getting his notes right during practice

Hashtag: NAV

Hashtag: NAV

Wyclef and DJ Leon figuring out the song loop and structure

Wyclef and DJ Leon figuring out the song loop and structure

There's always time for selfies :)

There’s always time for selfies 🙂

Neyma and Shaa getting turnt!

Neyma and Shaa getting turnt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine tuning at the final rehearsal of Divine Sorrow

Fine tuning at the final rehearsal of Divine Sorrow

Miss Kedike and that soulful voice

Miss Kedike and that soulful voice

 

Wyclef gets down with a lucky fan

Wyclef gets down with a lucky fan

King Kaka

King Kaka

TURN UP FOR AFRICA!!!

TURN UP FOR AFRICA!!!

And it's a wrap...

And it’s a wrap…

PS: Like the photos? Share with a friend… or 5! 😀

Photographer: Migwa Nthigah

1st Assistant: Soraya Mugambi

2nd Assistant: Jose Kiragu

Special mention to John Khisa for the fantastic studio lighting week in, week out 🙂

 

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