Koku Gonza

Bio

Koku Gonza is a Tanzanian-American afro soul artist based in Brooklyn and Dar Es Salaam. Blending afrobeat, R&B and neo-soul, her sultry and culturally-rich sound has been described by as “making the beauty of the African diaspora audible”. Drawing comparison to the neo-soul vibes of Sade, Corinne Bailey Rae and Miriam Makeba, Koku Gonza’s acclaimed debut album ‘Radiozophrenic’ first released in 2012: her single ‘L.O.V.E.’ was globally circulated on platforms including MTV World Music and BET International. She has since released 5 independent projects, sang with Grammy award-winning artists and toured internationally, including a performance at Italy’s famous Umbria Jazz Festival in 2019. Koku Gonza grew up in a music-filled home with multi-instrumentalist parents, which created a powerful foundation for her musical creativity. She began playing piano at the age of four, later falling in love with guitar playing in college. As kids, her sisters and brothers would hold jam sessions together, listening to a variety of music from afrobeats and reggae to folk, blues and classical. The afro-soul artist recalls that whenever her father brought a new drum home from Tanzania, she would watch as he composed and recorded his own music in their basement. Motivated by love, culture, nature and beauty, and creatively influenced by artists like Sade, Burna Boy, Stevie Wonder and Prince, Koku Gonza’s warm and soulful Tanzanian roots are tangible in every one of her heartfelt tracks. Her artist name derives from a common Haya tribe name meaning ‘the one who loves’. Stream Koku Gonza’s new single ‘Kryptonite’, out now.

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Music

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Zanzibar
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Aliens Interlude
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Conveniently Rolling
03:53
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Videos

Kryptonite - Koku Gonza feat. Mike Larry Draw
Koku Gonza Live at Hudson River Park Pier 45
Kryptonite Acoustic Live
Zanzibar
Magnetic Magic
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Clearest Sky
NAPPY
4 Simple Mini Twist Styles with MY DNA
Koku Gonza This Beat Is For You
L.O.V.E.

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Gigs

TZDar es Salaam, Tanzania
In operation since: 
2010

Contact

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