Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Pleased to announce someone from outside the U.S. doing her thing and now involved in the documentary. She goes by the name of Jaqee, and her sound is unique and refreshing. I took a piece of her bio form her site to post so you get a since of her journey.

Born in Kampala, the Capital of Uganda, she began her vagabond like life the moment she was born. During her childhood, she travelled the rural areas of her home country with her parents. This is where she collected her first impressions of the life as a nomad. From birth on, wandering the earth became a part of her destiny. In the early nineties she undertook a huge step and immigrated to Sweden. The City of Gothenburg would become her adopted home from where she was able to access all the different destinies and directions, which were on offer to her.

Through all the borders Jaqee crossed, music has always been her steady companion whereas it never was a stereotype thing that let her get down with any special genre, than more like a special feeling. “To do what I want in a particular moment is my motivation. I like to express myself in all kind of sounds.”

In 2005 Jaqee made an impact with her debut album “Blaqalixious”, which was mainly a Soul and R&B album. After further creative and fruitful collaborations, Jaqee released her second long player “Nouvell d.. amour” in 2007. This time, the sound was more of a rocking, bluesy vibe. It seemed to be the total opposite to her debut album but for Jaqee it was only the next step on her path in the circle of life. One step further on, she encountered the songs of Billie Holiday, which lead to the album “A letter to Billie” recorded together with Bohuslänbigband, a lovely homage to the great American Jazz Singer. Both of her first two albums each received a Swedish Grammy nomination and several appearances in the Swedish national television increased her standing as a passionate and soulful Singer. So Teka, producer and creator of many successful riddims for his co-found German label, Rootdown Records worked with her on her Third Solo Album. Together, they combined their talents into one album. The results of which you can now hear on “Kokoo Girl” a refreshing mix of Old School Reggae sounds from the seventies combined with up-to-date Beats, electronic twists and turns and of course the amazing voice of Jaqee.

Please check Jaqee' s myspace page, as well as her personal site

Here is Jaqee singing "Castara Blues" from her second album Nouvelle D'amour:

Jaqee's video to the song "Karma":

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