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Well-travelled French pop explorer Jain, who injects her sweet, hushed melodies with colourful, global beats and warped, techno synths, has emerged as a culture-clashing, quirky artist, who has drawn comparisons with the likes of MIA and Bjork.

Born Jeanne Galice in Toulouse, her father's work took the family to Dubai, where she picked up the skills to play the Arabic darbuka drum, and then on to the Congo where, at the age of 16, she started posting homemade tunes to MySpace and, mentored by local producer Mister Flash, she met manager Shane Aquart; her Madagascan mother also introduced her to the music of African stars such as Oumou Sangare, Youssou N'Dour and Salif Keita.

As she returned to France to attend art school, her music career took off when singer-songwriter Yodelice discovered her work and took her on tour in 2013. Her debut single 'Come' became popular a couple of years later and ended up rising to the top of the French charts, while her album 'Zanaka' was a funky, globe-trotting, celebratory concoction of Jain's personal travels and a worldwide vision of multi-cultural, dance-pop music. Her track 'Makeba' - a tribute to South African civil rights activist Miriam Makeba - also raised her profile when it was played by Jaden Smith on his Beats 1 Radio show and her acclaimed, experimental video for the song went on to win her the Victoires de la Musique Award and a Grammy nomination in 2017. She returned in 2018 with second album 'Souldier', a typically diverse, upbeat, melting pot of Afrobeat, Euro-pop and reggae rhythms, which was praised by Coldplay's Chris Martin and was partly a message of peace and positivity in response to the Orlando Nightclub shootings.

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