Motown: The Sound of Young America • 39m
Joy Denalane’s talent, emotional honesty, the culturally complex story of her life, and natural beauty make her an incredibly versatile artist. The daughter of a South African father and a German mother, Joy was born in Berlin. Her access to African music and rhythms, as well as her love of American soul music, made her an enthusiastic follower and participant in Berlin's up-and-coming Hip-Hop movement. At the same time, she was inspired by singers like Aretha Franklin, Letta M'Bulu and Mary J. Blige, who gave her the energy and courage to combine all these musical backgrounds and create her own unique style. Joy is the essence of the modern, global, black woman. She has complete control over her artistic vision, her musical career, and her family life. With the release of her new album Let Yourself Be Loved on September, 4th 2020 Joy made her definitive soul statement, with a project that is in equal parts self-assertion, genealogy, and homage to the great classics of the genre.