Another Tree


Born to a French mother and a Burkinabé-Senegalese father, Jennifer "Hawa" Zonou was familiar with the world of Afro-American music from a young age. She showed real talent as a singer and naturally began her musical training with the best school, gospel. She then entered the soul/hip-hop scene in Lyon, collaborating and performing as often as possible. During a show in 2008, Hawa made the acquaintance of Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart (Metropolitan Jazz Affair, Uptown Funk Empire, Mr. Day, Mr. President) and, at the same time, Pascal Rioux and the Favorite Recordings label. Seduced by what he heard, Patchworks offered her his services and in 2009, Hawa revealed to the public a remarkable cover of Justice's "D.A.N.C.E." She also made fine appearances alongside Mr. Day and Mr. President. Naturally, the duo nourished the common desire to embark further and in June 2011, Hawa presented her first solo album entitled My Little Green Box. Collecting first the support and praise of many in the French media (France Inter, FIP, Nova, Telerama) the groove of the album triggered a long series of festivals and concerts throughout France. Hawa reveals herself with a genuine stage presence, spontaneity and ability to move. This provided the opportunity for her and Patchworks to surround themselves with a cohesive group, composed with the finest musicians of the jazz and soul scene from Lyon. With this positive environment around her, Hawa started writing her new album with exalted inspiration. Once again produced by Patchworks, Another Tree marks an important evolution for Hawa, in sound, production, and writing. Deliberately more live, the entire production is made both with analog equipment and tape recorder, and with the participation of the live band members. A perfect background for Hawa's songs, which are significantly Memphis-influenced, crossing genres from soul to folk and even rockabilly. The album also takes influence from the Staple Singers, Isley Brothers, and Shirley Ann Lee, labels like Hi Records, Sun, and Stax, and finally great producers like Willy Mitchell, Jack Nitzsche, and Phil Spector. Hawa happens to be more direct and confident, but also more sensitive and more deep. And without a doubt, it makes her songs that much more intense, original and elegant.