Sunday, August 2, 2009

Jomanda

Jomanda were an R&B\dance group from New Jersey that consisted of Joanne Thomas, Cheri Williams, and Renee Washington. The group released four singles from 1986-1988 before releasing an album.
In 1990, Jomanda released their debut album "Somebody to Love Me" on Big Beat\Atlantic Records. It is unknown how or if the album charted on the Billboard 200
Their first single "Make My Body Rock" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song also peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single "Don't You Want My Love" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #79 on the U.K. Singles chart.
Jomanda's third single and biggest hit to date "Got A Love For You" peaked at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in July of 1991 and #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The group's last single from the album "The True Meaning (of Love)" peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1993, Jomanda scored another #1 dance hit with the song "Don't You Want Me" featuring British DJ Felix, which peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song sampled the group's single "Don't You Want My Love."
During that same year, Jomanda released their second album "Nubia Soul." Like their debut album, it's unknown how or if their sophomore effort charted on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single from the album, "I Like It" peaked at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, #29 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #45 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
 
The follow-up single "Back To You" peaked at #96 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.
The last single "I Cried the Tears" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

In 1995, Joanne Thomas worked on the music project, Ruffneck as the singer and songwriter.

In 2002, it was rumored that Jomanda was coming back with a new album and single, but there hasn't been music released since that year.

In October of 2003, Joanne passed away from colon cancer. It is unknown what the other two members of the group are up to these days.

To see the music video for "Make My Body Rock," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFUUQ7mb_Qg

To see the music video for "Got a Love For You," go to:
http://www.indavideo.hu/video/JOMANDA_-_Gotta_love_for_you

To see the music video for "I Like It," go to:
http://www.trilulilu.ro/JohnyBleack/1809e71b1596f1

To see the music video for "Don't You Want My Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTuKVgGGZM8

To see a fan-made video for "The True Meaning of Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aokn3-Gut5w



[updated on 05\08\12]

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