ASSYRIAN ARTIST’S LONDON ONT., STUDIO A BIG DRAW FOR INTERNATIONAL MUSICIANS

The London singer, songwriter and producer creates beats from his home studio

Esho is now focusing on his singing career. He’s releasing the first single of his latest album on Friday. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC )

The Eshos were pretty much a household name in Tel Tamer, Syria.

When Khoshaba and Mona, an Assyrian singer-guitarist duo, weren’t dominating gigs in town, they were operating the popular Babylon, the area’s only recording studio.

Business was good, but the studio had to close its doors in 2005, when Khoshaba and Mona moved their growing family to Canada for greater opportunities.

It didn’t take long for Assyrian tunes to ring out once again — this time in London, Ont.

Esho is pictured in his family’s recording studio back in Tel Tamer, Syria. He said he produced his first album there at the age of 12. (Johni Esho )

Ten years later, it was their son Johni Esho, who followed in his mom and dad’s musical footsteps by building his own recording studio in the basement of his parents’ northeast London home.

Johni, also known as singer-songwriter and producer J. Esho, wears his musical lineage with pride.

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