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Album Review

Influenced by the hip-hop soul of Mary J. Blige, Born & Raised is the second album from German singer/songwriter Joy Denalane. Released through her own Nesola Records label, the English-language follow-up to Mamani features collaborations with U.S. artists Lupe Fiasco, Raekwon, and Governor and is produced by the likes of Freundeskreis' Max Herre and the Godfather of Chicago hip-hop, No I.D. Recorded in Philadelphia, the 2006 LP includes the singles "Let Go," "Heaven or Hell," "Sometimes Love," and "Change." ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Stumbled Upon a Unique Sound

Not quite sure how I stumbled upon this... but Joy is the truth!! I love the writing, and when I listen to this - I'm really not sure if it's 2010, 1995, or 1975!!! I LOVE the diversity!!! Give it a listen people...

Stranger in This Land

I heard this song in the movie Desert Rose. Her voice reminds me of Macy Gray she has an interesting tone.


Born: Berlin, Germany

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

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...
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