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German songstress Joy Maureen Denalane (born 1973 in Berlin) hails also from South Africa. This singer and songwriter has been known for her mixture of Soul, R&B and African Folk music with lyrics in German and English language.
Joy Denalane was raised by a German mother and a South African father in Berlin-Schöneberg in 1973. She has five other siblings. With her multiligual talents, she has learned to compose songs in German, English and South African languages. At 16, she left home to pursue her musical career. She took a liking to hiphop, finding inspiration with groups like SaltNPepa, Roxanne Shante, clearly music was her calling. She moved into intorducing herself to te German music scene. Without any musical background, she taught herself to sing, hence improving her vocals and giving her the confidence she would need to perform onstage.
Joy Denalane started her career as a backup and support vocals for soul and reggae bands such as Cultural Roots and Family Affair. She caught her big break when DJ Thomilla and Tiefschwarz of a local German club in Stuttgart invited her to give her vocal talents for their electronica and hiphop record for their international dance hit, Music. German musician Max Herre, was also looking for a female vocalist for their rap group, Freundeskreis to perform the song Mit Dir (With You). The song became a Top five hit on the German charts in 1999. Denalane was then signed with Sony subsidiary, Four Music Records. She also married Herre and produces tow beautiful children, Isaiah (born 2001) and Jamil (born 2003). The couple everntually separated in October 2007.
Herre helped Denalane produce her debut album entitled Mamani in May 2002. The album is a blend of traditional R&B, Jazz, Afrobeat, and South African Folk. The album went straight to the German charts, ranking number eight. She helped put the definition of German Soul within the music arena. Her American debut started when she shared again her vocal talents in the remix of the single Go by soul singer Common. The song grabbed the prolific ears of neosoul mainstays, namely James Poyser, Jeff Bradshaw, larry Gold. All have also contributed to Denalane's sophomore effort, Born and Raised. Along with other funk, soul, hiphop contributors such as Lupe Fiasco and Raekwon. The album debuted number 2 on the German charts and broke into the European Top 100 albums.
|Year||Song||German Top Chart||Austrian Chart||Album|
|Was Auch Immer||86||-||Mamani|
|2004||1ste Liebe||33||-||Max Herre|
|Höchte Zeit||-||-||Mamani Live|
|2006||Let Go||40||-||Born and Raised|
|2007||Change||TBA||TBA||Born and Raised|
Tours & Concerts
Dec 11 2007 8:00P La Laiterie, Strassbourg
Dec 12 2007 8:00P 'Le Trioletto Montpellier
Dec 13 2007 8:00P Angers Le Chabada
Dec 14 2007 8:00P Le Plan Ris Orangis
Dec 17 2007 8:00P La Maroquinerie Paris
Joy is nominated as Best Artist at one of Germanys top music awards Eins Live Krone! Show your support by voting for her at Eins Live until december 7th.
Released: October 11, 2006
Released: June 3, 2002
Compilations & Live Releases
Released: October 18, 2004