Friday, October 29, 2010


At the beginning of the week, the windy city of Chicago, USA had the opportunity of hosting a group of very lively African guests courtesy of one of the worlds biggest music companies:- SONY Music and their affiliate RockStar4000. The African guests were none other than the members of the continent’s biggest super group – One8 who were in town to record some hits for their upcoming album plus to link up with one of the city’s major music names. The 8 acts who are some the best that their countries have produced on the musical map landed on American soil in style and pomp ready to get the work done.

First off, the One8 team arrived in Chicago to scan out the city and get everything rolling African style. They were soon followed by the artists who started flocking in from their countries. First to arrive were Uganda’s Navio with Zambia’s JK. They were followed by DRC’s golden child of song Fally Ipupa before everyone else slowly trickled in. Amani of Kenya and Nigeria’s 2Face were the last to arrive in Chicago where the rest of the group was already bonding and feeding off each others musical vibes. As soon as they were all on the ground, it was time to hit the studio where the music making began.

The vibe in that studio this whole week was so ecstatic it could have woken up great African music icons such as Fela Kuti and Miriam Makeba. Note that this is the first time a conscious effort has been made to bring together top African artists from different countries in one studio to make music that will be marketed all over the globe. Together, these young African artists witnessed and made history all at once. The studio was abuzz with different African vibes – Uganda’s Ugaflow, Ghana’s hip-life franco-hiphop of Gabon, DRC’s Lingala, Bongoflava of Tanzania, Boomba of Kenya and Naija swag.

This was a week for the whole group to learn each other’s music but also to fit in with each others’ vibes and feel each other. Being that that they were on foreign turf this was a perfect opportunity for all these musicians to bring out the best about their individual countries while taking tips from their counterparts. These being some of the best the continent has ever produced musically be prepared for some of the best music the continent has heard in a long time. The bomb video has been shot too. Keep here for more about ONE8, RockStar4000 and get a chance to hear the baddest African song.,,,,

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