Ya Freddy Wanga is at it again – but with a new name and a new dance genre for his latest single Un Peu d’Amour (Some Love).
JazRoyal as he is now known, is combining his native Soukous with Afrobeats to address relationship issues faced by married couples all over the world.
Un Peu d’Amour launches next month on iTunes and other well-known internet-based music platforms, and features vocals in English, Lingala and Yoruba. A Swahili version will be released with the help of fellow Manchester-based Congolese vocalist, Emmanuela Yogolelo.
The track also features the talents of four London-based musicians: Yemo on vocals, Jay Lovelyna on backing vocals, Limouzine Kabangi, on guitar, and producer Joel Bumba, whose video of the song will be released on YouTube to coincide with the launch of the single.
Previously, JazRoyal has used his musical talents to raise money for charitable causes which are close to his heart, but now he feels it’s time to be more commercial with his songwriting, but to still include a message in his lyrics. The subject this time arose from a conversation with his sister-in-law, who was complaining that his younger brother was no longer paying her enough attention after 10 years of marriage.
“People should always make sure to show each other love in order to maintain long relationships”, explains JazRoyal.
Both single and video will be released through JazRoyal’s own label, MEDA Wanga Music.
The JazRoyal story…
JazRoyal’s prodigious songwriting talents were evident from childhood in the DR Congo, when the young singer would change hymn lyrics from his native Lingala into French and even basic English.
Impressed by his son’s burgeoning talent, JazRoyal’s father supported his musical leanings, although his mother encouraged him to follow a more respectable career.
His arrival in the UK in 1994 changed everything. Friends persuaded Freddy to take a music and performing arts course and, under his original stage name of Ya Freddy, he performed his first single: “Foe, We All Miss You” to a packed Manchester City stadium of 48.000 fans. All proceeds from the single went to raise profits for the late Marc Vivien Foe’s dream to build a school for young footballers in Yaonde in the Cameroon. As a result of the money raised, Freddy was nominated in as a Manchester Hero by local community radio DJ Glenda Berg, in a campaign run by the Manchester Evening News.
In May 2009, the same year as he received his British citizenship, Freddy, along with acts from five other countries, took part in the Immigrant Song Contest on BBC2s Newsnight. Each act was given a winning Eurovision song to rearrange and perform on the programme, and Freddy was allocated Sandie Shaw’s “Puppet on a String”.
In 2010 JazFreddy continued using his songwrighting skills as a tool for campaigning for good causes and went on to record another song, “One Goal – Education for All” to raise awareness of the One Goal Education petition to world leaders campaign.
Although Freddy’s songwriting has embraced a variety of genres and subjects, including pop songs celebrating the marriage of Prince William and Kate and anti-bullying, his first love is Afro-European dance music. He will release his first full album, Samba Samba – a tribute to the Brazilian World Cup, in June 2014 on the Matchbox Recordings label.