One of the most promising uprising French stars, a young man with too much passion and natural talent for the music industry internationally, Matthieu Tota (also known before as Matt Pokora), was born in Strasbourg, France (in 1985) and has Polish roots. He is an actor, dancer, singer and composer, whose career has been a long way full of success, positioning himself as the big outstanding musician we know today. Guided by his older brother Julien who’s a guitarist, Matthieu developed a love for music, being introduced to the R&B genre.
This growing love leaded him to found a band named ‘Mic Unity’, which represented his start at the music career. After the band experience, Matthieu goes for a solo career to explore and deepen his potential and own art.
As the first firm step in the journey, in 2004 Pokora releases his first album “M. Pokora” (12 tracks), an album leaded by the hip hop/pop with the influence of R&B and touches of swing. Two years later, “Player” (12 tracks), his second album came out, this one following the same genres and influences but adding some rhythm and blues. In 2008, “MP3” (14 tracks and 3 different editions) saw the public light, the opus gave Matthieu an international acknowledge, even releasing an English version entitled “Upgrade”. “Mise à jour” (14 tracks) was released in 2010 as the fourth album of the artist.
A couple of years later, “À la poursuite du Bonheur” (15 tracks) came out, this one became his most popular until the moment in France, brushing a smoother soul-pop sound. The albums “R.E.D” (2015 with 15 tracks) and “My Way” (2016 with 12 tracks, including the singles “Alexandrie, Alexandra”, “Cette année-là” and “Belinda”) were his following works. Pokora’s most recent album “Pyramide”, released in 2019 (16 tracks), is marked as a comeback after some years of absence by the artist. Now we have a recent single “Si on disait” released on September, 2020, a slow, deep and meaningful piece.
Someone as Matthieu isn’t easy to find, such a gift used with versatility, going from hard and delicate feelings due to past experiences, to incredible, joyful and danceable songs, playing with hip-hop, crunk, urban, Eurodance, house, and mixing it with R&B, blues and pop sounds, creating something different, something unique and remarkable.
by Maria Sánchez