Considered one of Montreal's most electrifying guitarists by local 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. She has rapidly become one of the city's most respected musicians. Her bewitching and incomparable fretwork as well as her deep and suave voice are no longer secret to Montreal's night-owls. Cécile has dazzled with Montreal cult bands Dibondoko and Aliens, played or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Corneille, Dawn Tyler Watson, Bernard Purdie, Tricia Foster, Cindy Doire, Senaya, Soul City, to name but a few, as well as opened for Manu Dibango and Youssou N'Dour. Cecile has also mixed or produced several albums including United Steel Workers of Montreal's Broken Trucks and Bottles and Kerosene & Coal, and M.D.' ed several shows including Passion Francophonie, the main show for the XIIe Sommet de la Francophonie. In 2008, Cecile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin' Mondays, a night promoting female singer-songwriters.
On record or on stage, Cécile Doo-Kingué takes us deep into a series of musical grooves. In June 2010, she released 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 , as she is socially aware, seductive or even funny. Freedom Calling has been nominated for 3 Sounds of Blackness Awards(Best New Artist -English, Best Blues Artist, People's Choice) as well as for a Lys Blues for Best Blues-Associated Album. Cécile was also awarded one of five 2010 Centre St-Ambroise Bursaries. In 2011, CBC commissions Cécile to write a song on immigration. Regardless of subject matter or of
her mood, Cécile captivates you with sincerity while her sound soothes body and soul.
Grab a glass, relax and enjoy: "Freedom is calling."