Kenya Airways has, for the second time, partnered with Coca-Cola’s flagship African music show Coke Studio Africa. Now in its fourth season, the show airs on DSTV as well as many other TV and radio channels across the continent.
The show is filmed in Nairobi and, in line with the programme’s mission of bringing together and showcasing diverse African talent to a global audience, the airline has created new and exciting ways of welcoming the artists to Kenya. By leaning strongly on the African theme, KQ has provided VIP treatment for the show’s stars, offering state-of-the-art comfort, world-class entertainment through select African music, and serving gourmet African dishes.
The 2016 edition of Coke Studio Africa focuses on giving more African artists the opportunity to work with top local and international acts, and a stellar production team. It aims to show off the continent as a cultural mosaic: from some of the best destinations in the world, to rich music, to versatile culture and an increasingly cosmopolitan people deeply steeped in their roots.
To add to the variety, this year Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Mozambique are joined on the list of represented countries by Ethiopia, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and South Africa.
“We are excited to partner with Coke Studio for a second year as we discover Africa’s rich musical talent,” said Jacquie Muhati, KQ Head of Marketing – Africa.
“The national carrier is exclusively flying all the artists and producers from the participating countries to Nairobi, Kenya, where the show is recorded, and we are excited to be part of such a groundbreaking project.
“The airline connects over 40 cities through our hub in Nairobi and earlier this year we improved connectivity in Africa by 30 per cent. These connections are not only catalysts of intra-Africa trade but also an important avenue for cultural exchange.”
This year the producers include Madtraxx (Kenya), Bushingtone (Uganda), and Masterkraft and Chopstix (Nigeria), while among the established stars are Flavour, Kiss Daniel and Patoranking from Nigeria, Tanzania’s Navy Kenzo, Toofan from Togo, Haile Roots from Ethiopia and, for the first time, Bahati, a gospel artist from Kenya, as well as American R&B crooner Trey Songz.
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Isiolo goes international
The newly upgraded Isiolo Airport is set to start receiving scheduled flights, following the conversion of the airstrip into an international facility.
The redevelopment involved the lengthening of its 1.4km runway to 2.5km, enabling it to accommodate large aircraft, as well as the upgrade and modernisation of a number of facilities and structures to meet international standards.
The airport, which lies 280km north of Nairobi, handles more than 600,000 passengers annually and has the capacity to accommodate more than 200 cars. Other facilities include patrol roads, perimeter fencing, control and watchtowers, a meteorological centre, a fire station and a modern administration block.
The airport, which is a Vision 2030 flagship project under the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor initiative, will facilitate trade, and promote regional economic integration and interconnectivity.
It is also expected to boost exports from northern Kenya.