Ismaël Jolé-Ménébhi better known by the stage name Taïro (born in Paris on 5 February 1978), is a French singer, songwriter of dancehall reggae. He has released two albums, Chœurs et âme in 2009 and Ainsi soit-il in 2013, in addition to three street tapes.
He was born of in Paris of a Moroccan father and a French mother originating from Alsace region and a sociology teacher. After his parents divorced, he went on to live with his mother in a small studio in Xe arrondissement. His first artistic role was in the 1991 film Le Jeune Werther directed by Jacques Doillon when he was just 13. He was also exposed to reggae music at school and he embraced the trend and performed in school events and in 1993 formed his band Youthmen Ten taking the stage name Taïro ("Tyro") meaning a novice or beginner. In 1996, he appeared under the pseudonym Wicked Dread, in the track "Quel F*cky" by the group Section Fu on the EP Mortal Kombat. Beginning of the 2000s, Yothmen Ten disbanded.
in 2000, he was released the single "Millénaire featuring One Shot. It reached number 35 in France. He gained critical acclaim through his interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man". He collaborated with Faf Larage in "Mea Culpa" also in 2000. In addition, he sang a number of Jamaican traditional hits. Through the support of Akhenaton, his music found its way in the soundtrack for Taxi 2. Other collaborations include tracks on albums by Nuttea, Assassin, Faf Larage in the album Rap Stories, Bakar in his album Rose de betton and a joint single with Flya in "Elle veut". He was famous for "J'irai cracher sur ta tombe" with Disiz la Peste.
In 2009, Taïro released his own debut studio album Chœurs et Âme. The track "Mama" was dedicated to his mother and her sacrifices for him. FanartBanner