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Cincinnati, United States

Kenna Zemedkun is an Ethiopian-born American musician.

The eldest son of an immigrant family relocated to Virginia Beach (and later raised in Cincinnati, Ohio), Kenna began to express an interest in music upon receiving a copy of U2’s The Joshua Tree. More records by influential artists such as The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Cure and The Cars followed, and remain as inspiration and influence of Kenna’s music today. With the release of his first single, “Hell Bent”, Kenna gained moderate popularity and an underground following of fans who eagerly awaited the release of his debut album, New Sacred Cow. After many delays and swapping of record labels, the album was finally released under Columbia Records in 2003. A subsequent North American tour was launched in the Summer of 2003 with Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan.

The album, which was co-produced by Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, is difficult to place in a single genre, containing elements of Electronica, Synth pop, Post rock, and House music. Two singles, “Sunday After You” and “Freetime” followed the release of the album; the music video of the latter, along with “Hell Bent”, appear sporadically on MTV2.

A second album, titled “Make Sure They See My Face,” was released in October 2007.

Kenna has also contributed to many other tracks by bands associated with Chad Hugo or The Neptunes, including but not limited to “Spiral” from William Orbit’s album Hello Waveforms and “Red to Black” and “The Hard Way” off of The Rising Tied, the first album from Mike Shinoda’s Fort Minor (although the second cut is only available as a bonus track, on the limited edition version of the album).

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  • Helawolf

    I like to think of his musik as sophisticated. Not your average ho-hum covered in bubblegum sugar.

    5 Oct 6:50am Reply
  • h_r_f_d

    bawwwww

    16 Jan 5:29am Reply
  • WaddleDoo777

    The 3 chapters of Imitation is Suicide are really good! My favorite is Chapter 1! :)

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ldannyweb

    Loving the new stuff!

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DOAunlimited

    I really looking forward to the new album even when it will last 3 years more.

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • u_go_na

    Kenna's new song is funky I love dancing to it he never disappoints put a new cd album not just the EP's from last year and this year!!!! ♥♥♫ ♥ ♫♥♥♥♫ ♥ ♫♥♥

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Ldannyweb

    New music guys!

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • daeyecatcha

    Long Gone....The Song to The Video; everything about it is in a word...EPIC

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheCoolTony

    Long gone

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Ldannyweb

    LONG GONE!!

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Ldannyweb

    http://www.soulbounce.com/soul/2012/10/go_long_gone_with_kenna.php#more

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • rogee

    That Alex Clare song reminds me a lot of Kenna. And Kenna was doing this 10 years ago. :)

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    New Sacred Crow but everything after that really didn't do too much for me.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • EnbeauChic

    New music on the way! Finally!!!

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Wise_Guy13

    Songs for Flight was supposed to be out last year and now we haven't heard shit all from him. I don't know if he's just lazy or a perfectionist but either way, I've moved on. You lost me, Kenna

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • aginggirl

    Really fab!

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • darcyx

    <3

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • prime1128

    I guess I can understand why Kenna hasn’t caught on with too many people; his music is probably too anomalous for the average listener. It's hard to even put him in a genre, which is great creatively but probably not so great for marketing. Who knows though, maybe he’ll find a larger audience with a third album. I actually liked those new songs he released a while back, but it seems like the guy gets no promotion. Is he on a label anymore? I didn’t even know he’d released anything since Make Sure They See My Face until I got curious one day and looked him up. Pretty much agree with @Wise_Guy13 as far as those tracks are concerned.

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Helawolf

    this guy has taken too long of a break. he needs to release a new album soon or else people will forget about him. [2] I still remember him, even listen to his music.

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    met him at his show NYC 11/08. fab!

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
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