“Parisian based Kodäma’s experimental electro soul is absolutely sublime (…) a warm and delightful sound to your ears” – Afropunk
“Incredible live performance” – Gilles Peterson
“Superb EP” – Laurent Garnier
“Jazz’s future is Franco-Japanese”- I-D Magazine
Launched in 2016, Kodäma is led by singer Kiala Ogawa (daughter of former Fela Kuti’s guitarist Kiala Nzatovunga), bass player Thomas Hugenel, and a drummer, revealing an electro-soul and jazztronica groove permeated by Japanese and West-African influences.Memories from a childhood spent in the Japanese countryside sparked as a result of the singer’s cultural background, which has largely inspired Kodäma’s musical universe. The word “kodama”, meaning“echo”, also relates to the spirits in Japanese folklore that inhabits trees.
Kodäma presents its second EP «Black Cloud», featuring five tracks to be released in spring, after the success of the debut EP end of 2016, highly acclaimed by Gilles Peterson and Bradley Zero.A mature and elaborate work, in which the band’s influences take shape. From «Wonder» featuring Kiala Nzatovunga, to the impressing «Water No Get Enemy», covering Fela Kuti, along with «Black Cloud» ‘s enveloping harmonics, Kodäma delivers a unique & personal sound. The record was mixed in Los Angeles by Benjamin Tierney (Kamasi Washington, Shaq Husayn…) and mastering has been done by engineer Kelly Hibbert (J Dilla, Madlib, Flying Lotus…).