Pokora or Matt Pokora, is a French singer and songwriter of Polish origin. Matthieu Tota is the son of professional footballer André Tota and Brigitte Tota. His parents divorced in 1998 when he was 13 years old. Matthieu Tota explained the origin the song Danse Danse in French the voice kids his stage name Matt Pokora in an interview during the documentary Mise à jour broadcast on 26 August 2010 on NRJ 12 TV channel.
He said he was searching for an artistic name and happened to be talking to his grandmother of Polish origin and the importance of humility came up. In fall 2003, he participated in the third season of Popstars, a French talent reality television show broadcast on M6. The concept of the program was to present possible candidates the winners of which would take part in the formation of a boy band or girl band. Their first Linkup single “Mon Étoile” was very successful topping French charts, and the debut album Notre Étoile was moderately successful. However the second single release “Une seconde d’éternité” was much less successful despite good sales. French version with Blue based on the latter’s song “Bubblin'”.
Under the stage name Matt Pokora, he released his first eponymous solo album originally entitled Matt Pokora. As a result, he changed his stage name to M. Pokora and re-released the album as M. Top 10 hit in France, and also charted in Belgium and Switzerland. He also started collaborating with Hakim Ghorab who became his long-time choreographer and took part in many of his music videos.
He also developed a close collaboration with music video director Karim Ouaret who directed most of his successful videos. In January 2006, his second album Player was released topping the French chart. During a concert organized by NRJ Radio in France, he met Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin and Martin asked M. Pokora to make a collaboration on Martin’s hit “It’s Alright”. To promote the album and capitalize on its success, M. Pokora engaged in a tour of more than 30 French venues under the title Player Tour that culminated in a big sold-out concert at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. At the end of the tour, a DVD containing materials from the shows was marketed under the name Player Tour Live.