Christopher Ryangoma Tabaro (born January 27, 1995), known as Chris Goma, is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his cover of Bill Withers’ “Just the Two of Us” on Instagram. Goma’s style fuses elements of rhythm and blues, hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, and electronic music.
Chris Goma was born in Boston, Massachussetts after his parents fled the Rwandan Genocide. His father, Ignace (Ntirushwamaboko) Ryangoma, had received a full-bright scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston & walked over 100 kilometres with his then pregnant wife, Marianne, and Goma’s older brother, Christian, in order to board a plane to the United States. In 1997, Goma’s family moved from Boston to Canada with refugee status.
Goma was first introduced to music at a young age by his father. He picked up the keyboard at the age of 7. It wasn’t until he turned 12 years of age that he picked up his core instrument, the electric bass. He attended high school at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph, Ontario.
2006-2010: Career Beginnings and The Magical Bunch
In 2006, Goma, along with his three siblings, Christian, Victoria, and Vestine, formed a band by the name of The Magical Bunch.
By July 2009, through their father’s tutelage and hours of daily practice, the kids were playing a blend of African-inspired jazz, soul, and pop. One year after their first gig, the family band performed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in Ottawa, Ontario.
The band released 2 albums titled “The Future” and “Made of Fire” over 4 years. Listen to them here.
2015-Present: From Love Jet to Solo Career
In 2015, Goma was approached by Nathan Cowles with an offer to be a lead vocalist for his new project “Love Jet“. Cowles also recruited music industry veterans such as Levi Seacer, Jr., Prince’s guitarist & music director, and Rustee Allen, bassist for Sly & the Family Stone. Goma went on to record four songs and performed under stage name Chris Tabaro with the Love Jet.
Goma featured as lead singer alongside Levi Seacer, Jr. and Rustee Allen in Love Jet’s debut music video for “Knee High Boots“.
On February 18, 2020, Chris Goma released his debut single “Show Me” featuring Geneva White with Treacherous Records. After releasing his second single, “Passion“, on March 25, 2020, L.A. rapper Problem featured it in his short film “A Compton Story“.