Zakiya Hooker

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Vera Lee Hooker, USA. The daughter of John Lee Hooker Zakiya established her own career as a respected recording artist. She married and divorced at a young age and spent her twenties and thirties raising her three sons in California. Hooker changed her given name in 1987, adopting a name that is Swahili for ‘intelligence’ and Hebrew for ‘pure’ or ‘exonerated’. Her partner (later her husband) Ollan Christopher encouraged her to pursue a singing career, although it was necessary for Hooker to continue working as court manager at the Superior Court of California in Alameda County. She has appeared onstage with her father several times, although she is more often to be found singing with her band Bluz 4 U. Her 1994 debut, recorded in collaboration with Christopher and guitarist Anthony Cook, fused her blues sensibility with R&B, pop and jazz styles. Her father appeared on two duets, ‘Loving People’ and ‘Mean, Mean...

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