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Cecile Doo-Kingue - Freedom Calling / Gris (2010/2012)

10-05-2016, 18:00
Blues | Soul

Title: Freedom Calling / Gris
Year Of Release: 2010/2012
Label: CDK Music
Genre: Blues Soul
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 103:22
Total Size: 243 MB

1. Not Around (3:20)
2. Come Undone (3:45)
3. Freedom Calling (4:09)
4. Rise (4:53)
5. Lettre A Personne (4:08)
6. Ma's Kitchen (3:51)
7. Mama (3:54)
8. Walk Away (4:52)
9. Beneath The Lies (4:32)
10. What I Need (Red Dress) (5:07)
11. Endgame (4:34)
12. Dachshund Blues (3:28)

"The perfect tonic for any evening, sweltering or sub-­-polar"- Montreal Gazette
“Smoky and soulful music” - Montreal Mirror
“Soothing and soulful” - Montreal Gazette
“The album sounds great (...) worthy of Jimi Hendrix ” -Hour

Considered one of Montreal’s most electrifying guitarists by press and groove aficionados, Cécile Doo-­-Kingué blends blues, soul and afro-­- folk to create a unique sound. Born in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in France, USA and is now an adopted Montrealer. This meeting of cultures is reflected in the eclecticism of her music. On record or on stage, Cécile Doo-­-Kingué takes us deep into a series of musical grooves. June 2010, Doo-Kingué releases her self-­-produced debut solo album Freedom Calling to critical acclaim. The 12-­-track collection is a smooth concoction of blues, soul and afro-­-folk on which one can surf to the end of the world, life and love. From one song to the next, her mastery is undeniable. While she tames the blues with her sweet guitar, she opens the door to 60’s and 70’s soul, and afro rhythms. Lyrically, Cécile is as vulnerable (Beneath the Lies, Freedom Calling), as she is socially aware (Come Undone, Rise), seductive (Lettre à personne) or even funny (Ma’s Kitchen, Dachshund Blues). Freedom Calling has been nominated for 3 Sounds of Blackness Awards, and a Lys Blues for Best Blues Associated album.

Just grab a glass and your passport, relax and enjoy her call to freedom

Cecile Doo-Kingue - Freedom Calling / Gris (2010/2012)

1. Aunt Jemima (4:15)
2. La Bouteille (5:33)
3. 2 Minutes (4:58)
4. Harmonie Du Soir (4:32)
5. Rien A Voir (3:24)
6. Invitation Au Voyage (4:29)
7. Entrer (4:16)
8. Dors (5:15)
9. Kwedi (4:34)
10. Mater Ma Tique (3:04)
11. Gris (4:51)
12. Bien Comme Ça (3:28)

An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer.

Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, Eric Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango. In 2008, Cecile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin’ Mondays, a night promoting women singer-songwriters.

June 2010, Cecile released her debut solo album Freedom Calling to critical acclaim. In 2011, CBC commissions Doo-Kingué to write Home, a song on immigration. Gris, released in 2012, also praised by press and music lovers alike, earned Cécile the 2013 Fondation SPACQ Edith Butler Award for Excellence in Franocphone Songwriting. Doo-Kingué has toured both albums extensively across Canada and Europe, firing up clubs, listening rooms and festivals alike with her face-melting playing, rich vocals, and sharp and genuine banter with her audience. February 2015, Doo-Kingué releases her third solo album Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues, the first chapter of a trilogy exploring blues, roots and life in their myriad of aspects (Monologues solo acoustic, Dialogues full band, Communion live), showcasing Doo-Kingué’s songwriting in its rawest form. The album earned her accolades and multiple Maple Blues Award nominations for her exceptional guitar playing, soulful vocals, and powerful songwriting.

January 2016, Doo-Kingué releases the second chapter of her trilogy exploring blues, roots, and life in their myriad of aspects. Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues features her strength and versatility as an all-around guitarist and musician, from blues to jazz to folk to soul to rock n’ roll. Fiery licks and seamless melody compliment her deep, laid-back voice throughout the album, leaving no doubt as to the guitarist’s oneness with the instrument, nor the unity of her sound. Surrounded by a stellar cast of Montreal’s finest musicians, Doo-Kingué presents an eclectic collection of contemporary blues adding to the social commentary of Anybody Listening Part 1:Monologues, and celebrating life and music with fellow artists she is a fan of, in spaces that exude positive energy.

Cécile Doo-Kingué is quickly earning a stellar reputation and a place alongside Canada’s current roster of great guitarists. Powerful and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué’s guitar prowess, lyrics, and sound make for enthralling and intimate communion.

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