Celeb chat with Joh Makini

How has the Coke Studio experience been so far?

For me it’s a big platform. I’m looking at it in terms of the grandness of the show and I believe I’m not the only one who feels this way, even the other artistes working on the show have the same opinion. We’ve received an opportunity to push our music further and that is a great thing.

How has working with Falz the Bahd Guy been like?

It’s been awesome plus we mix well together because he’s a rapper and I’m a rapper. We have built a good chemistry together that we can continue to work with.

Nigerian music and Bongo music have very different sounds, how have you fused the two together?

Yes, the two do have very different sounds but at the end of the day we are all African. There’s a few sounds that we do share in terms of beats and the like, plus we’re both rappers so it hasn’t been that much of a step away from what we usually both do. I believe in what we are creating and it’s going to be a good collaboration.

Where do you get inspiration from while crafting music?

My inspiration comes from my life experiences and the life experiences of the people around me. That’s where I primarily draw inspiration from.

You are known to collaborate with big African artistes, who else is on your list?

In Kenya I would love to work with Khaligraph and Octopizzo. In Uganda the artistes on my list are Maurice Kirya and Juliana Kanyomozi.

Before you collaborate with an artiste what criteria do you usually look out for?

The important thing is that they are a passionate artiste, whose music I love. Because if I personally don’t enjoy listening to their music then whatever we create will not be enjoyable too. So we must have a mutual love for each other’s music and great music is borne only out of love.

Has there been a situation where an artiste has approached you to collaborate but you said ‘no’?

Many times. The thing is, if I don’t feel it, I can’t do it. And if it just so happened that I agreed to work with someone and my heart was not in it, then the product will not be a good one. It can be a negative experience when you decide to work on something just to please somebody and in the end you make something that is not up to your standard.

What other projects do you have lined up?

There’s ‘Perfect Combo’ which I’m excited about, there’s also a collaboration I’ve done with Davido but it’s still in the production process, so get ready!

What can your fans look forward to from you at Coke Studio?

Big things! Big things are coming!

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