Y'Akoto - Babyblues

I have just discovered this album. I know, two years after it came out. However, stumbling across it has been wonderful. If you are a fan of Erykah Badu or Nina Simone you will become a little bit enamoured with this debut album. The music marketing people have categorised this as 'soul seeking music' - sure we will go with this.  It is very soulful with elements of African rythmns and jazz. Y'Akoto was born in Ghana and grew up in Hamburg, Germany. She also spent part of her childhood in Cameroon, Togo and Chad. She began training as a dance teacher when she was 18 years old as well as joining a band in Hamburg. In 2011 she was discovered on sounds Hamburg, the local music TV show, and entered as an opening act for the touring Erykah Badu. She was signed by Warner International Music and this album was produced in collaboration with Max Herre (German rapper and singer/songwriter), Samon Kawamura (German Instrumental Hip-Hop artist) and Roberto di Gioia (German jazz pianist). 

Her latest album Moody Blues will be released on 22 August 2014. You can listen to a sample here and most importanly you can buy it as well as Babyblues.