Welcome to the third installment of our ongoing analysis of selected performances from Coke Studio Africa 2016. Throughout this series, ENEWSGH editor Gabriel Myers Hansen looks specifically at Ghanaian reps ( E.L, Efya, Stonebwoy, and Feli Nuna) and how they match up to their colleagues from the rest of the continent.
So far, we have looked at rapper EL, as well as sultry singer Efya here:#CokeStudioGhana: EPISODE 1 REVIEW (E.L, Efya). Also, do find our impressions of Stonebwoy Burniton’s turn here: #CokeStudioGhana: Episode 2 Review (Stonebwoy Burniton).
Now to the matter:
Feli Nuna is still budding, and that disclaimer is spelled out in promotional material for her set with Chameleone and Neyma. It will therefore be unreasonable to hold her to beyond a certain expectation, but we’ll come to that.
Formerly signed to Richie Mensah’s Lynx Entertainment (which is currently home to singer MzVee), Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah’s real claim to fame came with her song I Like Am, which bites off portions of maestro Fredy Meiway’s Zoblazo. It is the same song she renders on the Coke Studio Africa stage.
I Like Am is an apt record which tangibilates Nuna’s persona of a bird-free soul drawn to edge and colour.
Every artist will tell you: there’s nervousness which accompanies presenting your song to an audience for the first time. Especially for a stage of this stature, it is a significant task. And for Nuna to curate such a celebratory atmosphere on the occasion of her outdooring to the rest of Africa is both a feat for her as it is for Ghana.
Nothing necessarily stands out for me from the performance in the end, to be perfectly honest: no extra sparks, no true elements of shock, but sometimes, the highlight of a performance is that it didn’t go wrong at all…which is the case here.
Both Chameleone and Nayma are not unfamiliar with continental acclaim, so they bring a presence to any stage they mount. I admire that Feli Nuna didn’t appear intimidated by them. Being sure of the flavour and taste of the meal she served at the table, she invited them both in, the band, as well as the audience.
A great party resulted.