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Zakiya Hooker

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Zakiya Hooker


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At first glance it would seem that Zakiya Hooker was born into the blues. After all, her father is the late great 4 time Grammy winner Blues Legend John Lee Hooker. Zakiya has pursued life and music on her own terms.

In 1991 Zakiya made her first public appearance with her father, John Lee Hooker at the Kaiser Center Theatre in Oakland, California. Since that time Zakiya has gone on to perform on shows with Etta James, Jon Hammond, Taj Mahal, Peter Green, Narada Michael Walden, Charlie Musselwhite and many more from all genres. By 1993 Zakiya released her first CD “Another Generation Of The Blues” on Silvertone Records. In 1997 she released her second CD “Flavors Of The Blues” worldwide on Pointblank/Virgin Records. Flavors Of The Blues opens with a cover of the Robert Johnson classic “Stones In My Passway”, illustrating Zakiya’s supple blues and smooth, jazz-inflected style. The rest of the songs range from tempestuous (“Art of Divorce” and “Let’s Do Something”) to delicate and moody (“Protect Me From The Blues”, “New Orleans Rain”, and the torch gem “Drowning In Your Love”). Joining his daughter and Charlie Musselwhite in the studio, John Lee Hooker lends his inimitable presence on the track “Bit By Love (Hard Times)”. Flavors Of The Blues documents the resilience of the human spirit. In her own unique voice, Zakiya shares the strength gained from a lifetime of experience. 2001 brought a Indie live release recorded live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, “Colors Of The Blues”.

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