All I have to say to the following news is “Thank God” and “About time”! Kero One and Esna have worked and toured frequently together over the past few years, but they are just now making it official and have formed a project group called Kesna Music. The two of them have some new tunes coming our way this summer, and will release a music video for the first single “Is It Love” in the coming month or so. In fact, the single was chosen to be included as a ringtone in the new LG Optimus line of cellphones. Looks like we have big things in store from the two, can’t wait!
Kesna Music is a new music duo created by Kero One and Esna. The two California based artists first met in 2010 when Kero discovered Esna from a YouTube video. The video, which has generated nearly a million views, was called “Jam Session 2.0”. Kero One was immediately drawn to Esna’s jazzy yet soulful voice, and in 2011, the two released their first collaboration when Esna was featured on the song “Fast Life” from Kero One’s Kinetic World album. Since then, they have been making music and touring the world together.
Now, Kero One and Esna bring us a new project called Kesna Music – a soul/funk/jazz project inspired by the 70’s era of music and drawing on their musical inspirations from the likes of Marva Whitney, Anita O’day, Ella Fitzgerald, Adele, and Mark Ronson.
The first single and music video “Is It Love” will be released in the Summer of 2013 and has been selected as a ringtone for the new LG optimus cellphones.
Esna began singing at a young age and sharpened her musical talents at UCLA, studying Ethnomusicology with a concentration in Jazz Voice. Esna’s pure vocal talents have already garnered comparisons to Amy Winehouse from the likes of Mark Ronson’s bassist Stuart Zender. She has a loyal YouTube following with over 50k subscribers and over a million video views.
About Kero One:
Kero One is an internationally acclaimed hip-hop/soul musician with four solo album releases to his name. During his decade of experience in the music industry, Kero One has released dozens of 12″ vinyl, mix CDs, and cassette tapes. A multi-talented musician originally trained in classical piano, Kero One’s music now features him playing multiple instruments, including: keyboard, percussion, bass guitar and electric guitar. Kero One’s music has garnered praise from underground hip-hop staples like Aloe Blacc & Del the Funky Homosapien to legends like Stevie Wonder and even pop icons like Will.i.am, Jamie Cullum (BBC UK), and Epik High (Korea).