Life for 24 year-old beat maker and singer songwriter Jain has been a rollercoaster ride since signing to Sony France in 2015. Having scored a No. 1 hit with her debut single Come and a top 10 album in her native France, her album Zanaka is now out in the UK on Columbia Records.
Jain’s distinctive mix of hooky French pop and Congolese rhythms wowed audiences on her first foray to the UK last summer. Looping live sounds and samples she created an incredible club atmosphere morphing each song into a dancefloor arms-in-the-air finale. Having spent a summer playing festivals throughout Europe and touring with her fellow countryman Christine & The Queens she’s established herself as a force to be reckoned with amongst her peers.
A carefree spirit and sense of adventure sits at Zanaka’s core, Imagine Santigold meets The Do and you’re halfway there. Zanaka means childhood in Malagasy, Jain’s mother’s native tongue and is a telling title for the album. The songs form a diary that documents the singer’s life from 16 to 23 when she spent her formative years in the Congo and Dubai. Some influences date back further – to the Manu Chao, Youssou N’Dour and Miriam Makeba records her French father and half-Madagascan mother played at home.
One of the stand out artists at last year’s SxSW – Jain won the Grulke prize for developing non-US act – she’s been championed at Radio 1 by Nick Grimshaw, Annie Mac and Huw Stephens and won critical acclaim from amongst others, the Sunday Times, The Fader, and most recently The Guardian.