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!
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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 🙂