Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her performing name, Jhene Aiko, is pronounced "Juh-nay Ahh-ee-ko."
Jhené Aiko has a rather diverse ethnic background: Her father, Dr. Karamo Chilombo, is Native-American, German Jewish and African-American; her mother, Christina Yamamoto, is Japanese, Spanish and Dominican. According to Aiko, her DNA results came in as 25% Asian, 33% African and 34% European.
Her older sister, Mila J, is also a singer and appeared in the 1991 video for Prince's "Diamonds and Pearls."
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