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Meet the very talented Koku Gonza

I don't know about those of you reading, but I am always on the lookout for new music. While there are bands that I love and will listen to on repeat to the point where my husband will ask me to play something, anything else, I still crave new music to listen to. I have a few friends who are gifted with making mixed CD's and they often introduce me to music I never would have found on my own. Recently, Jeanne forwarded me the link for Koku Gonza and I was immediately enamored. If you check out her website, you will see why.

We met via email and I sent her some interview questions so that you (and I) could get to know a little more about her.

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How would you describe your style of music?

My music is an eclectic story of the various musical and lifestyles I have experienced. Jazz, Pop, R&B, Gospel, African, Folk and Soul music all play roles in my sound.

When did you first realize you would be a musician – and how did you get your start?

I realized I would be a musician at the age of 3. I started off by watching my father compose music at home. He wrote Tanzanian folk music. He would record guitar, bass,keyboard, drums and vocals as I do. After hanging out enough and watching and participating during my fathers song writing sessions,my parents enrolled me in piano lessons at age 4.

Who are you inspired by?

I am inspired by real people in life situations and people who seek to live unexpected fantasies. My muse can come in a variety of forms. Sometimes a young child, sometimes a cute guy, sometimes my life experiences are my inspiration.

What’s playing on your ipod?

Sergio Mendez,George Ben Jor, Ella Fitzgerald, Esperanza Spalding, Q-TIp, WuTang, Feist, Birds and Bees

When you're not singing and performing, how do you like to spend your time?

Relaxation, sleep and exercise! three things that I don't get a lot of :)

What's the most important thing we should know about you?

I am a perfectionist. Being a perfectionist exciting yet demanding.

So what's next for you?

I have a new CD being released called RADIOZOPHRENIC-All of my musical personalities will make an appearance on this album.

Koku Gonza

Thanks so much for sharing with us! If you want to hear more of Koku Gonza, her website is a great place to start. You won't be disappointed.

 

*UPDATE!

We've just heard from Koku Gonza and wanted to share this exciting update with you:

Koku Gonza is one of the artist ushering in the “Neo Soul-World Music” movement with the release of her highly anticipated third CD, Radiozophrenic.  Radiozophrenic encompass her schizophrenic passion for genre blending and musical variety. Audiences can expect to hear elements of American Neo-Soul/R&B, Pop and the global vibes of East Africa from Koku Gonza. Koku Gonza’s music is parallel to the translation of her Kihaya name, which means lovely. She applies love, soul and passion into the ingredients of her genre defiant pallet on her first full- length album, Radiozophrenic. The album drops June, 2011. For complimentary downloads of the new project please visit http://www.kokugonza.com/.

Comments

  • LInda Sacha Says:

    Great sound - fabulously different. Knock em alive Koku!

  • Samantha Mensah Says:

    Absolutely the next best thing! I adore her voice. Her sound makes you just "feel" good.

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