Paola Budimir, born 1989 in Vinkovci, Croatia.
Today, you may recognize her as MC/DJ Coco.
Coco grew up in Germany where she met Africa for the first time. Her nanny had African roots. Nanny taught her everything she knew about Africa, African music, life and African people. She even took Coco to the church where she joined the choir. At the age of 5 Coco was singing gospel music and at such young age she discovered the magic of spiritual music!
Fiew years later she comes back home to Croatia. She enrolles in music school and starts taking music lessons. Today, she playes several instruments, but her favorite are saxophone, African drums and morokos.
At the age of 13 she sings „Proud Mary“ in front of the city audience and earns the biggest applause and a nickname „Croatian Tina Turner“.
At the age of 14 she steps into the music studio for the first time and meets a producer Goran Stojiljikovic with whom she makes a number of her own songs and music videos.
Furthermore, she gets many offers to collaborate and sing with various bands. Due to her vocal abilities and unusual style she becomes noticed by the local DJ´s. They want to merge her deep and unusual voice with urban electronic music...and they succeed!
Because of her strong karma, warm personality, different style and great positive energy Paola becomes a Live Act. DJ´s managed to blend her vocal abilities with urban music and as a result...Coco Afrika was born!!!
Recently, she becomes a proud member of the group „Femme Attack“ which brings together women hip hop artists in Croatia.
Since then Coco works with many well known DJ´s and musicians, such as:
DJ Elvie Paris(FR)
DJ Brady (SAD)
DJ William Htun (SAD)
DJ Active, DJ Grade, DJ Bronson, DJ Rea, Dr.Black, DJ Benjamin de Luxe, Jakša Jordes(saxophone), DJ Reno, DJ Dee Dee, DJ Deez, DJ Scortek, DJ Saskia,DJ Sense, DJ Syncro, DJ Dinoid, DJ Ivica Petak, DJ Andy Boy, DJ Rene aka Maker, DJ Pero Mirman, DJ Risbo XL, DJ Chule, DJ Gido,
Neno Belan, Vlatka Pokos,Martina Vrbos, Ivo Prodan(saxophone)...
She performes at various events, club openings, beauty contests and festivals. Also, she achieves the resident MC status in famous clubs:
- PalmaBeach Club, Solaris, Šibenik
- Vanilla Club, Vinkovci
- Veneranda, Hvar
- Hula Hula Beach Club, Hvar
Here are also some famous clubs where she held her performances:
Aquarius, Zagreb (Femme Attack)
Lounge Bar Angels,Vodice
Carpe Diem, Hvar
Quo Vadis, Vukovar(Temptation,Blackout)
Pitt Bull, Vinkovci
Alter Ego, Slavonski Brod
Urban Club, Valpovo
Filip Moriss, Vukovar
Gradsko Kazalište, Županja...
Her career turning point occures when Coco becomes a resident MC and vocal at Hula Hula Beach Club on the exclusive island, Hvar. She is noticed by many local and foreign actors, singers, photographers, DJ´s, designers...
She becomes an inspiration to people around the world not only because of her voice but because of her clothes and make-up. People are impressed with her positive energy and performance.
Coco has over a hundred performances behind her and each day she gets new offers.
Paola also has another side...she volunteers in an institution for abaundoned children and raises funds for poor. Her goal is to become a UNICEF ambassador!