Emma Shaka is an Indie singer, songwriter, and performer from a French territory called Reunion Island. However, if you ask her, she will say that she is a citizen of the world and one who find the United States and its culture, admirable. Many of her early projects featured covers that her friends accompanied her on, but Shaka quickly felt the need to make her own songs, even persuading male friends to perform Jewel songs over Metallica ones. Emma continues to live by the principle of "making music for a living, instead of doing music" and shatters all implications of restraints, incomparable to others who choose dependency over independency. Now based in France, Emma Shaka doesn't work solely on her own, with the help of David.H. Ortola (bass), Vincent Perotti (percussion), James Le Joliff (guitar). They stand as four people on stage with the rawness of Emma's voice backed consistently by the instrumental trio. The product has been edgy drumming, piercing guitars, and slappy bass strengthened by the semblance of Adele in Shaka's vocals. Her musical intuition guided her towards an album she considers herself proud of: her début album, Who I Am (2012).
Emma Shaka's Who I Am establishes a foundation combined rock and pop roots that everyone can enjoy. Songs like "Let Me Try" highlight Emma's released frustrations, when she eagerly speaks about the foreseeable change needed in society, voicing her concern over consumer habits and ecological issues. Building on the momentum of redefined pop/rock is also her current single "Can You Hear Me." Alexa Spieler of ReviewYou.com states that "Emma displays her vocal ability, unparalleled by any other vocalist in the industry now," concerning Shaka's current single. Concerning, a potential succeeding single "Sex Away," Spieler declared that "she [Emma] epitomizes what it means to be a true rock star, glimpses of Joan Jett conveyed through her strong vocals and rawness”. The album is divided into two parts, as the first half is defined by more rock elements versus pop, whereas the other half is defined by pop music. Keep in mind, Shaka places an emphasis on immersing herself in all aspects of her artistry. The tattooed tongue portrayed on the Who I Am album cover wasn't without Shaka's guidance, implementing her creative control. Bodi Lorant from GraphicBull worked on the project, but Emma possesses a creative consciousness that arose amidst the artwork progression, hoping to express the inner rocker in her music. Though Who I Am may have recently been released, it hasn't dawned on Emma to pause her music career nor does she plan on following that path. Emma plans on touring the U.S. and Canada, if monetary means permit, and hopes to begin recording her next album in 2014. Before venturing out to North America, Emma notes that she has formed contacts throughout Asia and Europe, hoping to explore new venues and reach new audiences with a tour on both continents. Emma is even working on properly recording each song at each of the concerts, with intentions to release a concert DVD. She has mastered various roles as a songwriter, performer, and even as an album artwork selector, but now determined to continue on her ever-evolving career path. The future deems itself bright for Shaka. Making it in the music industry is not an easy task, but with the consistent perseverance and commitment she displays that is combined with the helping of others with her project, in the future, she hopes to find thousands of fans at her concerts. Emma adds, "I cannot tell where I will or would like to be in 10 years from now. My goal in my music career is to make it."