Jeangu Macrooy (pronounced as zjangú makrooi) was born and raised in the tropical warmth of Paramaribo, Suriname. At the age of thirteen he got his first guitar, and two years later he started writing and performing with his twin brother Xillan. In 2014 Jeangu decided to continue his musical career on the other side of the ocean, in the Netherlands. A musical collaboration with producer Perquisite took off and Jeangu was signed to his label Unexpected Records.
In April 2016 Jeangu’s debutEP ‘Brave Enough’ was released. Jeangu was named ‘Serious Talent’ by 3FM radio and he played his first single ‘Gold’ on Dutch national talk show ‘De Wereld Draait Door’, where he has become a frequent guest ever since. ‘Gold’ was later also used in a commercial for television network HBO. That autumn Jeangu took part in the ‘Popronde’ (a traveling music festival throughout the Netherlands) and he provided the support for Blaudzun, Bernhoft and Selah Sue a.o., resulting in a total of 120 shows in just twelve months. The new year begun with a performance at Dutch showcase festival Noorderslag and a nomination for the Edison Pop Award in the category ‘Best New Artist.’
Jeangu’s debut album ‘High On You’ (2017), on which he collaborated with Perquisite again, is more energetic and danceable than its predecessor. In general the focus has shifted to a rawer sound that drives songs like ‘Crazy Kids’ and ‘Head Over Heels’. ‘Antidote’ and ‘High On You’ show Jeangu’s affinity with soul music. It is on tracks like these that his powerful voice is intensified by the addition of brass arrangements that can be heard on the majority of the album. The common thread throughout the record however, is still Jeangu’s unique vocal capacity, that hypnotises in the low range and moves the listener in the high range. ‘High On You’ was nominated for the Edison Pop Award ‘Best Album’, and received critical acclaim from the press. Algemeen Dagblad gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and wrote: ‘He’s only 23, but has a soul veteran-like depth in his voice. ‘High On You’ might be the best Dutch debut album of 2017.’ The release of the album was celebrated with two almost fully sold out club tours throughout the Netherlands. Moreover, Jeangu played an abundance of festivals with his band, including North Sea Jazz and Lowlands.
In December, for the first time since his departure, Jeangu went back to Suriname. Single ‘High On You’ had been on the number one chart position for seven weeks straight in his native country and he got to play in Paramaribo with his band for an exhilarated audience. When he got back, Jeangu performed at major Dutch showcase festival Eurosonic, followed by a performance in TV production ‘The Passion’, for which Jeangu embodied the roll of Judas, watched by 3.5 million people. After this, Jeangu embarked on a solo tour, for which he played eight unique churches in The Netherlands. The new single ‘How Much I Love You’, which was released this May, is the first single from Jeangu’s upcoming album, which is due for release early 2019. This summer’s agenda is packed again; Jeangu and his eight-piece band can be seen at Oerol, Appelpop and twenty more festivals.