"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
"Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us"
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
-James Weldon Johnson
Manan (Mah•nahn) is a Japanese RNB artist born in Japan, based in Atlanta. Her artistic process began as a child being part of a choir group at school. Growing up listening to Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell, Earth Wind and Fire, India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin and Diana Ross, her works are in the styles of R&B, Soul, Funk and Gospel, most heavily influenced by 90s RNB.
She has pursued her higher education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, majored in Music Business Management and Performance Studies, minored in Africana Studies. Since her relocation to Atlanta in 2018, she has been going back and forth between LA collaborating with other artists, producers and musicians.
As an artist, she strongly believes it is her role to reflect the trying times we face in society into her art. She wants to uplift peoples hearts and souls through her music in this toxic world we live in. Being a female minority in this industry, she seeks to empower other individuals who go through similar struggles.
Manan is currently working on various culturally unique projects where she seeks to promote Japanese culture to the world through her music and activities. In August 2020, she will be collaborating with Yumemi Hiraki, Japanese Conceptual Artist to activate an exhibition inspired by Wabi-Sabi Japanese aestheticism.