Jaqee – YES I AM – is rhythm and life – Album Release 2013-09-20
”Places becoming journeys in themselves…
Different places where I have lived and learned, places that have made my heart beat, the emotional realms that I have experienced. This is where it all starts, every time. Where I am is where it happens, because I am, there.
She sings. She laughs! And she cries, too. Jaqee cannot tell when music and singing became her life, it has ”just always been there, in my head” she says.
Now with the fourth album she has taken a closer look at herself, from every possible angle. No hiding. Different phases, different sides of her personality and musical creativity are all there. All as one.
”I am a diaspora kid, I fell in love with all kinds of music, I let myself embrace it all, because good music, is good music. All the way from Uganda at age 13 to the new home and culture in Sweden, then leaving Sweden as an adult for Berlin – has made me the Jaqee that I am”, says the Ugandan /Swedish artist who also received a Swedish Grammy nomination for her past work.
Being on the move is without a doubt an important part of her life.
“For me travelling is about being exposed to different perceptions, situations, cultures and extreme emotions, it has always made me grow. How many times have I not thought that: I wouldn’t have experienced this or that, if hadn’t been here. I love that feeling!”
Jaqee’s music reflects this constant movement and progress.
The album is inspired by places like Berlin, South Africa and Jamaica. The trip to Jamaica resulted in the only collaboration track on “Yes I am” recorded in Kingston with reggae artist Anthony B. Teka, the “Kokoo Girl” and “Yes I am” Producer says:
”This time around, like on the last album, we have worked with our colleagues in different countries. Musicians we love and musicians that are inspiring like Martin Hederos (The Soundtrack of our lives) who arranged the strings on the album. We also had New York drummer Daru Jones of Rusic Records play on some tracks. All these talents enhance the idea and expression that we wanted for “Yes I am”.
With the album done, it is again time to hit the road and tour for Jaqee.
“Getting out there and meeting the crowd is a high. We laugh, we dance and we get loud together. This is the best part of working with music – having a good time together. Music is a universal language.”
On composing music, she admits that this time, more than ever, the words matter. Newly found motherhood has made this album in particular a significant legacy. Every song has a life punctuation of its own she has not limited herself by thinking in genres. Making the tone very straightforward.
“The melodies and lyrics are closely intertwined, how I sing a word makes all the difference. Even though I love word play, it has to be very clear. Since I am not educated in reading music, I instead visualize and hear it, it seems to be the way my system works. It is all about rhythm and life, it is “YES I AM“.
JAQEE – DANCE (SINGLE) – Release 2013-06-07
Hearing the name “Jaqee“ reminds most people of offbeats, fast Ska-rhythms and dancing. At least those who register her last album “Kokoo Girl“ in their record collection. But now the Ugandan singer releases an atmospheric and groovy single “Dance“, which invites you to let loose in everyday life, to feel beautiful and to be imminent to a special moment. Everything moves in slow motion, even the least moment is being enjoyed.
The beat is light, floating…. and hard to categorise. You find Soul music, Clubgroove with live-drums, dubby guitars and Hammond-sounds and a very catchy keyboard-melody. A blend of all the influences that producer Thilo “Teka“ Jacks has evolved throughout the entire album to a concept album “without concept“. “The idea was to unite Jaqee and my collective musical background on this album. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to any boundaries but just do it.“
“Dance“ is about the love of dancing and consequently about the love for music.
“Today is the day that you put on your makeup.
You put on your heels and straighten up your manners.
You make the heads on the streets turn around as your perfume lingers.
Leaving that smell of the sweet sensing.
You dance, to the moment
You dance, to the music
You dance, to the rhythm that is rocking your body“
“Dance“ – Jaqee’s second single from her forthcoming album “Yes I Am“, which will be released in Germany on 20 September 2013 on Rootdown Records.
© Rootdown Records, 2013
JAQEE – DROP OF WATER (SINGLE) – Release 2013-01-25
After an exciting time of writing in South Africa, recording in Jamaica, touring in Europe, moving to Berlin, the Ugandan Artist is releasing her 4th album in Summer 2013.
The song is done by gold record producer Thilo “Teka” Jacks, live strings are arranged by Martin Hederos (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives).
For the Video Jaqee once again teamed up with Director Joni Huttunen from Sweden.
Nach spannender Zeit, in der sie durch Europa tourte, Lyrics in Südafrika schrieb, Songs in Jamaika aufnahm, landete die aus Uganda stammende Künstlerin in Berlin, um die Arbeit an ihrem 4ten Album abzuschließen.
Der Song wurde von dem mit Gold ausgezeichneten Thilo “Teka” Jacks produziert und die Streicher von Martin Hederos (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives) arrangiert.
Après une résidence d’écriture passionnante en Afrique du sud, un enregistrement en Jamaïque, une tournée en Europe, un déménagement à Berlin, l’artiste ougandaise sortira son quatrième album à l’été 2013.
On retrouve le producteur de disques d’or, Thilo “Teka” Jacks, à la composition de l’album et Martin Hederos (The Soundtrack of Our Lives) aux arrangements.
Artisten Jaqee och vagabonden kokoogirl är äntligen tillbaka med en ny singel, “Drop of water”.
Senaste 3 åren har handlat om spännande äventyr som turné I Europa, nyfunnen mammaskap, skriv och inspelnings plateser som Sydafrika och Jamaika där arbetet med kommande skivan bl.a fortgått.
4e soloskivan kommer innan sommaren 2013.
Första singel: Drop Of Water.
Producerat av mångfalld prisade Tyska producenten Thilo “Teka” Jacks.
Låtens stråkar är skrivna och arrangerade av Martin Hederos (The Soundtrack of Our Lives).
Tillhörande videon filmades i Göteborg /Gbg’s skärgård av Henry & Joe’s Golden Carnival
Regisör: Joni Huttunen
Producent: Henrik Höglind