Band of the Day

2013.06.14

Joko

Crystalline, soulful vocals from a French (by way of Cameroon) chanteuse
Je devine, je dessine, la lumière de mes jours, je sublime la routine, je ne crie pas au secours.
lyrics from Chercheuse d’or

Joko (originally from Cameroon, Africa) is a French singer-songwriter, who’s part of a new wave of French pop music that is full of equal parts energy, vitality, and sensuality. Her soulful, crystalline voice tells tales of love, women’s struggles, and freedom. She also uses music as a way to heal the soul for having lost her mother at a very young age. Joko cites many strong female vocalists as influences on her music, including Billie Holiday, Mary J. Blige, France Gall, Sade, Nina Simone, Nneka, and Pauline Croze.

In 2010, Joko was spotted by the record label Antipodes Music, who offered her a solo project (she had previously worked in a five-member girl group). Her first solo album, 2011’s Instinctive, was released through Antipodes Music. It received airplay across many community radio stations in France, and was supported by tours and showcases all over the country.

This was followed by the release of Joko’s second album, Chercheuse d’or, in 2012. For this album, she was coached by Sarah Sanders (who’s worked with many celebrated French artists), and was also accompanied by renowned musicians like Haile Jno Baptiste (guitarist for Ben L'oncle Soul), bassist William Farley (M, Sandra Nkake) and director Alias LJ. In May 2012, the album’s first single, "Chercheuse d’or" was released, and accompanied by a music video. This was followed by the "Hum Hum Hum" single, an homage to the great singer Yéyé, who died prematurely.