Y’akoto is almost ready to release her new album Mermaid Blues inspired by the life stories of Muhammad Ali and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. People who, despite great oppositions, were not afraid to voice their own opinions and ideas. The new album Mermaid Blues is set to hit stores on the 31st of March 2017 and is the follow up for Y’akoto’s sophomore album “Moody Blues” which was released in 2014.
Y’akoto, daughter of a Ghanaian father and a German mother has grown, not only musically, but also as a person. “I focus on those who get me”, says Y’akoto. “Make no mistake: sincere artistic expression is difficult, challenging and exhausting, no matter the approach you choose. That’s soul.”
Alternating between blues, neo-soul and ambient pop, the new album Mermaid Blues is more than just music. It’s an attitude about life, the defiant force behind Y’akoto’s “soul seeking music”.
Check out Y’akoto’s single “Fool Me Once” of the New Album Mermaid Blues
In the melancholic piano ballad “Fool Me Once”, Y’akoto bewails the painful holding-on to a bygone love. Yet she knows that she will go have to go her own way: “We walk the line from point to point/ and if we’ll fall, we will fly…”, she sings in “We Walk The Line”. It is only befitting that her musician-dad – “he’s the best lyricist and singer in the world” – helped her out on the bridge with this song. Whenever she’s at her wits’ end in the studio, she calls him – it’s just so much more helpful than listening to some random MP3’s, she says. Y’akoto delivers soulful music.
Y’akoto – Mermaid Blues Tour 2017
17.06. Sommerfestival Budapest, Hungary
19.08. Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
03.10. Plaza, Zürich, Switzerland
04.10. Jazzhaus, Freiburg, Germany
05.10. Muffathalle, Munich, Germany
07.10. Treibhaus, Innsbruck, Austria
09.10. Im Wizemann Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
10.10. Gloria Theater, Cologne, Germany
12.10. Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany
13.10. Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
14.10. Kulturtage, Oldenburg, Germany
15.10. Lido, Berlin, Germany