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biography in english
www.wakanza.com
WAKANZA, born of a magical and unique meeting.
The three members of group WAKANZA, Sir G (aka Greg Louis), Mykïtone (aka Mike Clinton) and Kailyn Ryse
(aka Caroline Loïal) have been performing alongside many artists for a long time.
It is after collaborating with Heavy C’s project, major producer and singer in Angola that they have decided to
create their own backing band. After a while the band started to get quite known among many artists from the
Caribbean, African and Portuguese speaking scene, even around the globe thanks to collaborations both through
recording sessions and concerts.
African and Caribbean roots are the main source of inspiration of the Trio who’s much eager to bring Creole music
back in the game, especially Zouk, by creating and producing contemporary music with a hint of spicy rhythms.
Their music is eclectic...
WAKANZA is a combination of three words full of meaning for the members of this group and their various origins: KAWAN meaning «Friendship» in Malay, WAKAN «sacred and powerful» in Sioux, and the KWANZAA,
the African-American celebration honoring the African origins and with major foundations unity, self-determination,
cooperation, creativity, and faith.
After five years of projection, Kailyn Ryse, Mykïtone and Sir G, are finally ready and the trio WAKANZA was
born...
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Sir G
Drummer
‘’ I started playing the drums
at the age of one or two
and watched my first rehearsal before I could even
walk. I learned my technique
as an autodidact listening
to tapes and videos of American drummers.’’
Sir G was practically born on
a drum. After an astonishing
breakthrough, his career took
him to the United States with
the Haitian band Tabou Combo, where he met and collaborated with many American
and international musicians.
This made a significant turn in
his musical career.
Sir G collaborated with:
Angelique KIDGO, Oumou
SANGARÉ, Nicole SCHERZINGER, Tanya ST VAL, Andy
NARELL, French MONTANA,
KASSAV’, Youri DA CUNHA,
HEAVY C, Salif KEITA, SLAÏ,
Yola SEMEDO, Medhy CUSTOS, Christophe MAÉ and
Amel BENT, among others.
KAILYN RYSe
SINGER
‘’ I HAD BEEN CALLED AT THE
LAST MINUTE TO PERFORM AT A
CONCERT AND WAS ABLE TO
SING IN FRONT OF MAJOR CARIBBEAN ARTISTS, SUCH AS TANYA ST VAL, WHOSE MANAGER
NOTICED ME, AND TWO DAYS
LATER I WAS GIVEN THE AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO SING
ALONG WITH ONE OF MY BIGGEST IDOLS EVER’’.
Full of hopes and dreams,
Kailyn starts singing at her
local church’s choir when still
very young. At the age of sixteen, she starts her professional career performing Gospel
concerts and a few years later
along many international artists.
She has collaborated with:
Admiral T, Tanya ST VAL, Liz
McCOMB, THE NUBIANS,
Mario Canonge, Christophe
Willem, KASSAV’, Slai, Gilbert
MONTAGNÉ, Medhy CUSTOS, Heavy C, Kaysha, Matias DAMASIO, Jean-Michel
ROTIN, GAROU and many
others…
:
MYkitone
Bassist
‘’ I STARTED PLAYING THE BASS
IN MY HOME COUNTRY GUADELOUPE BUT SOON FELT THE NEED
TO OPEN MY HORIZONS, WHICH
IS WHY I CAME TO PARIS, WHERE
I STUDIED AND STARTED PERFORMING UNTIL I WAS ABLE TO PLAY
AT THE OLYMPIA WITH EDITH LEFEL.
THIS IS WHEN IT TOOK AN INTERNATIONAL TURN.’’
Born in a musical and diverse
environment, to musicians, African and Guadeloupian parents, Mykïtone earns his first
fees as a bass player at the
age of fourteen. Back and forth
between Guadeloupe and
France, he works with many
Rap artists before slowly shifting back to Afro-Caribbean
music.
Mykïtone has worked with
artists such as:
Salif KEITA, Nicole SCHERZINGER, ARTHUR H, FÉFÉ
GAËTAN ROUSSEL, BLACK
EYED PEAS, KASSAV’, SAÏAN
SUPA CREW, SLAÏ WARREN
CABO VERDE SHOW MARVIN, MATIAS DAMASIO, MICKY GREEN, Raul MIDON, to
name a few.
www.wakanza.com
PRESS & FANS
Find all the group’s news on
WAKANZA.com and on social networks
[email protected]
management & Booking
[email protected]