2017 has been a great year for Khaligraph Jones. From endorsement deals by Luc Belaire among others, to a CNN feature and now, a Coke Studio Africa call up!
“The way that I carry the stick, the girls are calling me Yego…”
Khaligraph Jones likened himself to Javelin superstar, Julius Yego, who like Jones, a field athlete from a country that produces mainly track stars, had to take an unorthodox path to the top. The 26-year-old had no coach in the run up to the World Championships back in 2015, but learned how to throw by watching YouTube video of the sport’s greats.
He went ahead to win a gold medal—Kenya’s first ever in the field events! Jumping on that wave, Khaligraph Jones released a tune dubbed “Julius Yego” and which went ahead to be not just a club banger but a chart topping record.
The same year, Hip Hop promoter, Budhaa Blaze was among those pushing for Coke Studio Africa Hip Hop Cyphers and guess who made the cut? Khaligraph Jones. MI, Kforce, Bamboo, Khaligraph and Nazizi destroyed the African Cypher!
The cypher had so dope rhymes and punchlines from both the artistes, with King Khali claiming he wanted to marry Colonel Mustafa’s ex-girlfriend Marya on the cypher.
Fast forward to 2017, and Khaligraph Jones just got his Coke Studio Africa debut—but not as a cypher artist. No. No. No…
“Top Kenyan rapper Khaligraph of the “Micasa Sucasa” fame will make a debut on Coke Studio Africa this year collaborating with Rwandese singer Bruce Melodie, another first timer on the show. The pairing will be produced by superstar South African music producer DJ Maphorisa returning on the show for a second time, and recording several artistes including American R&B and pop star: Jason Derulo for Coke Studio’s upcoming Global Fusion Edition,” read a statement from Coke Studio Africa.
“I am very happy to be part of Coke Studio this time round. So far, it’s a very good experience for me.” About working with Bruce Melodie, Khaligraph says, “I’ve worked with different artistes but Coke Studio is unique as you work with an artiste closely and get to know them more beyond the music. Plus, it’s always good to link up with artistes from different backgrounds and countries. On Coke Studio, you are able to exchange ideas and come up with a proper mixture of ideas,” adding, “It’s a great look too.”
Itahiwacu Bruce aka Bruce Melodie, is a singer, songwriter, composer, and recording producer was born the 2nd March 1992 in Kanombe Village, Nyarugunga Sector, District of Kicukiro in Kigali City the Capital of Rwanda.
From singing in church, where his talent was harnessed, to dropping his debut album in 2013, Bruce has won a couple of awards and nominated in some international awards too.
Working with Khali, Bruce said, “At first I didn’t want to collaborate with a rapper but after starting to collaborate with Khaligraph I got to know that the show’s producers and directors know what they are doing when they set up the pairings,” enthusing, “Khaligraph and I match perfectly and I like him because he is a hard worker.”
This year Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one—bigger and better Coke Studio Africa 2017. Coke Studio Africa 2017 promises to be a melting pot of music talents bringing together renowned music producers and top-notch artists drawn from various parts of the continent. The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in previous edition.