Music Video: Y'Akoto - Perfect Timing
Having viewed the world through a nomadic lens during an eclectically stimulating upbringing that was divided between Africa and Europe, the last few years have seen the musical career of 26-year-old German/Ghanaian singer/songwriter Y'akoto draw into sharper focus as she defined her musical sound with the release of her 2012 album, 'Baby Blues'. Falling into the spotlight of acclaim in both Germany and Europe for channeling an emotive, soulful vibe reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone while expressing her unique musical personality through an Afro-beat infused blend of soul, jazz, blues and pop that she describes as 'Afro-Folk and soul-searching music', Y'akoto is now back with the piano and horns of her retro soul-tinged first release from her upcoming 'Moody Blues' album, 'Perfect Timing'.
Y'akoto says that she wrote the song for 'the folks who believe in being and living in the moment. I missed the perfect timing a lot of times in my life but I chose to let go and enjoy the sweetness of being here', channeling a fresh mindset that for her has grown between albums as she looks to open a previously guarded heart and embrace the vulnerabilities that accompany life and living, saying 'I want to trust and love even if that makes me more vulnerable. Being more vulnerable makes me stronger'.
Growing up between Ghana, Germany and several other African countries, Y'akoto absorbed her passion for music from her father, a renowned Ghanaian artist of the West African Highlife genre, and learned the piano before beginning to sing in an eclectically influenced band at age thirteen, with the band going on to tour youth clubs and win numerous competitions. By sixteen she was experimenting with electronic music, before graduating to her now distinctive sound, saying of her 2012 album, 'Baby Blues', 'the most important thing is to tell stories with my songs. That is why the sound is stripped down to the very basics. Less is more. I took great pains to make sure that in this album, things were kept consistently purist and unadulterated'. With the critical acclaim for her album seeing her go on to share stages with the likes of Erykah Badu, Nneka, Asa and Joy Denalane, she also embarked on a headlining tour that saw her play shows across Germany and Europe.