Okou consists of two culture clashes: Tatiana Heinz has an Ivorian mother, and French father. Gilbert Trefzeger's mom is Egyptian, his dad's Swiss. They played with various artists (from Mick Jagger to Nitin Sawhney), wrote their album Serpentine in Basel and Berlin and recorded it in America. Talkin''bout saving airmiles! I'm not very enthousiastic about the Okou-album, largely because Tatiana's voice is too theatrical, as if she's acting instead of singing. When it comes to connecting folk and blues to (North-)African music, I choose Hindi Zahra. But the latter doesn't sing in French (well, only a little) and Okou recorded a very sensual, petite NewOrleans-ish track called A L'Aurore. And that I want to share.
Okou - A L'Aurore