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South Africa's Nasty C

Nasty C and Zack Tabudlo, on Friday, 14 July 2023, released their new song – “Fallin’”. Their first collaboration project with COKE STUDIO™, Coca-Cola’s global music platform, which brings the most exciting emerging and breakthrough artists from all corners of the world together to create ‘Real Magic.’ 

Coca-Cola’s ‘Real Magic’ brand philosophy celebrates the magic of human connection and the belief that our differences make the world richer and more interesting. It celebrates real-life moments and the magic that happens when people come together.

The performance video for “Fallin’”, which brings Nasty C and Zack together for an exclusive performance of the track, is available on the Coke Studio YouTube channel

The multi-award-winning, platinum-selling South African Nasty C originates from Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. His escalating success led to his 2020 signing to the esteemed Def Jam Records in the USA and the release of his third album Zulu Man With Some Power, which saw him making global waves.

“Exchanging vibes with Zack on this record was special. Collaborating with him was an organic process; we connected creatively and found a perfect balance between our unique styles,” said Nasty C. “I enjoy collaborations that highlight the magic that can happen when artists from different backgrounds come together to create music. I can’t wait for the world to hear what we’ve cooked up!” said Nasty C.

Zack Tabudlo may be the quintessential Gen Z Southeast Asian star of the new 20s: an alternative-pop and R&B singer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer in the Philippines. In 2022, he emerged as Spotify’s most-streamed local artist in the Philippines, next to Taylor Swift and BTS. Zack has recently become the first Filipino male solo artist to achieve 1 billion Spotify streams, with multiple songs charting #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral chart.

“This is my first time releasing a track with a rapper like Nasty C. I’d always had visions of making more pop-hiphop tracks in the future, so when I heard Nasty C was going to be part of Coke Studio, it felt like the perfect time to do it,” said Zack.

Also released today is the COKE STUDIO™ version of “Perfect” is also released today by multi-platinum, GRAMMY®, BRIT, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning Sam Smith. Originally from Sam’s top-charting album Gloria and featuring celebrated JUNO-winner Jessie Reyez, the new version adds double-platinum-seller South Londoner and BRITs Rising Star nominated Cat Burns with a self-reflective but hopeful new lyrical take. 

The release of “Fallin’” and “Perfect” follows “Be Who You Are (Real Magic)”, this year’s COKE STUDIO™ anthem by Grammy-award-winning American musician Jon Batiste featuring NewJeans, J.I.D, Camilo and Cat Burns. This release was succeeded by NewJeans and J.I.D’s “Zero (J.I.D Remix),” an Imagine Dragons and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles version of “Symphony”, as well as Shae Gill and Evdeki Saat’s original song “One Love”. More tracks will be released to global music fans on all music platforms across July and August. 

“Collisions’ are central to COKE STUDIO™ and are all about bringing incredible musical talent together across genres and cultures to create fresh new sounds,” said Joshua Burke, Global Head of Music & Culture Marketing, Coca-Cola™.   

More than 16 of the biggest breakthrough music artists of the moment have been brought together from South Africa, Egypt, the US, the UK, Canada, Colombia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, China, Korea and the Philippines for COKE STUDIO™ 2023: 

  • Nasty C (South Africa)
  • Afroto (Egypt)
  • Zack Tabudlo (Philippines)
  • Jon Batiste (US)
  • Camilo (Colombia)
  • NewJeans (Korea) 
  • J.I.D (US)
  • Cat Burns (UK)
  • Imagine Dragons (US)
  • Sam Smith (UK)
  • Diljit Dosanjh (India) 
  • Evdeki Saat (Turkey) 
  • Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (US)   
  • Jessie Reyez (Canada)
  • Shae Gill (Pakistan)
  • Shreya Ghoshal (India)   
  • XIN LIU (China)

The COKE STUDIO™ platform is a space for true borderless creation and collaboration amongst emerging global and established music artists. Curated with Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment. It offers a rare opportunity for artists worldwide to collaborate creatively and experiment with sounds from different cultures, fuse genres to create new music and reach global audiences – whether bringing Punjabi music to the US or South African beats to India. 

Faustina Anyanwu
Faustina Anyanwu
Faustina Anyanwu is a features writer focusing on people's stories, entrepreneurship, start-ups, social media marketing, and profiling. Follow her on Twitter - @fauntee Official Website: Mantra: Real Women Think Legacy.