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. Do find previous reviews in the series here: #CokeStudioGhana: EPISODE 1 REVIEW (E.L, Efya), here: #CokeStudioGhana: Episode 2 Review (Stonebwoy Burniton). and here: #CokeStudioGhana: Episode Review (Feli Nuna)
Now to this week’s review:
Even on a song which looks back at ghetto struggles and the journey out, there’s inevitable sexiness about Efya’s demeanor. She conveys a specific excitement, no matter what she’s singing about. Awesome stuff!
This second performance, her cover of Ugandan partner Eddy Kenzo’s Zigido, sways from the raw and intimate dynamic apparent in their first set.
Here, wearing the abiding smile she walks onstage with, she’s glistening in her costume and with stage lights. She’s dancing, she’s articulating creditably in a language strange to her, she’s utilizing the full length of the stage, and manages to charm both the audience and Kenzo himself, who appeared purged of the nervousness which comes with watching someone else perform your song, and invoked a presence into every other person present.
There’ll never be a problem with Efya’s on-stage presence, or performing another’s song: she was raised by Stars of the Future, and has been socialized into the live band experience. She herself has confessed more than once, her excitement at performing live.
There’ll never be a problem with her singing technique, or the impact it’s bound to have on the listening ear. Whether it comes in a gentle serenade like happens in her Loss/Decepticon set (which I for one, prefer), or rocks you in dance-ready rhythm like happens with Zigido, she can hardly go wrong. Her four VGMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards, are an even more powerful testament to her abilities as a vocalist.
The Coke Studio frica brings top artists from various parts of the continent together to create medleys of some of Africa’s favorite anthems.
It has been graced by some of the biggest African stars yet, including Nigeria’s MI Abaga and 2Baba (2Face Idibia), Kenya’s Avril, and Mozambique’s Neyma.
Other Ghanaian reps on the show this season include Stonebwoy, EL, and Feli Nuna.