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Joy Denalane

A person within earshot of music by Joy Denalane might think he or she is listening to neo-soul, whereas another might hear an African folk song, and yet a third person could be listening to a hip-hop soul joint. Born and raised in Berlin as the daughter of a German mother and a South African father, Joy Maureen Denalane has sung lyrics in various languages, including English and German, as well as the South African languages Xhosa and Shangan. Although her stylish vocals and sounds are clearly influenced by artists ranging from Letta Mbulu to Lauryn Hill, her inspiration to do music, period, originates from hip-hop, especially that of female firebrands Salt-N-Pepa and Roxanne Shanté, which began seeping into Germany in the late '80s. During this period, at the age of 16, Denalane moved out of her parent's home to involve herself in Germany's music scene. She was sure she could not rap, and so without any lessons or musical background, she picked up the microphone and trained herself to sing.

The Afro-German songstress started her budding career doing backup and support vocals for soul and reggae bands such as Cultural Roots and Family Affair. Her big break occurred when she was called into the city of Stuttgart to lay down vocals for established electronica and hip-hop producers DJ Thomilla and Tiefschwarz on the international dance hit "Music" in 1999. The lead member of German rap group Freundeskreis, Max Herre, also happened to be looking for a female vocalist in order to accompany him on the song "Mit Dir" ("With You"), which became a Top Five hit on the German charts the same year. Her relationship with Herre (whom she wound up marrying) enabled her to sign with the Sony subsidiary Four Music Records.

Mostly in German, Mamani debuted Denalane's singing talents in May 2002. Produced by Herre, the album blended traditional R&B with jazz, Afrobeat, and South African folk music; moreover, it notably contained horn arrangements and live flügelhorn by the illustrious South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela. Mamani, which debuted at number eight on the German charts, helped put definition to "German soul" within the world music arena. Afterward, she began receiving exposure in the U.S. from her guest vocals on the remix of the single "Go!" by American rapper Common. The song grabbed the attention of prolific arrangers and neo-soul mainstays like James Poyser, Jeff Bradshaw, Larry Gold, and a host of others who all contributed to Denalane's 2006 album Born & Raised. Recorded in Philadelphia and with all its songs in English, the LP was much more accessible for non-German speakers as well as hip-hop heads, boasting appearances from MCs Lupe Fiasco and Raekwon. It debuted at number two on the German album chart and broke into Billboard's European Top 100 album chart.

In 2008, Denalane teamed up with Bilal, Tweet, Dwele, and the MDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl for the Dresden Soul Symphony, a one-off live project which saw them string together famous soul hits into a fully orchestrated classical work in four movements. The performance was broadcast on German radio and released as a live album. Afterward, Denalane returned to solo performance, and to her mother tongue; her next album, 2011's Maureen (her middle name), was completely in German, although she did release an English version for the international market. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi
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blukarmamonk e y
N>A>S>T>Y... . . i love this
I like her!******** * * * * *
Luv it Luv It!!!!!!!
this girl is the s**t!! yall
Great voice, she should release more English albums!
this is really nice...the tone is so pretty
I like this girl, has she released anything new?
thomas_don
Ive been slipping on her
jayc1600
Another great one!
BEAUTIFUL!
wow!! we have so many wonderful artist that gets hardly any play time......so tired of that other junk........ . . . .
gobraghomagh
American music sucks...it's sad that I've never heard of her until now. And this was released 5 years ago.
I think that the change starts with us. When you discover an unknown artist, share it with your friends.
Joy....is incredible!! Why isn't she a bigger name? She has the complete package; vocals, looks, personality, lyrics....oh I know what it is....she is really talking (singing) about something
msmalaki13
Newest fan!!! Love it!
amandacupsie
i agree with of-the-below .
make-it-happ e n
This is the power of pandora... Showcasing talented artists, and not just the trendy ones.
I'm lovin' her sound!!! This is the kind of music they need to be playing on the radio, but nah... They wanna pump crap through the radio till we cant help but find it catchy!!!
wangene.r.r. h a l l
Wow, she is so incredible!! I can't believe I've only just heard about her.
Absoulety AWESOME!!! Real Music, Real Soul...
she's so pretty! never heard of her until now... hopefully there is more to come.
Wow is the functional word here, yes never heard of her, but I love how she belts it! After reading the Bio, (she sang "GO" on Common's last album) I can't say I never heard her sing.
wow, never heard of her until i started listening to pandora (im ashamed 2 say). she's good! gotta get the album
jamiefawda
This girl is da real thang
jdesenclos
I absolutely love her voice. Her first LP "Mamani" is worth purchasing, it's really beautiful.
this is my new favorite female artist. i swear, she's tied with billie holiday, like chazz said, i gots to get me that cd.
i gots to get me this cd!
Her voice is so official with the old school artist sound, loving her style and lyrics! She'll be around for a long time!
Keep doing ya ma! It is refreshing to hear pure soul...Thank you... Peace&love.. . . B k l y n
I saw shortie at a concert in frankfurt, she's got so much soul! I miss germany-
She has a lovely voice
I thought she was trying to sing a Lauryn Hill song at first. I was afraid. But I can appreciate it now. She's good.
great voice

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