What if Nina Simone played guitar like Jimi Hendrix and grooved like Sly Stone? Bursting through the confines of 12-bar blues with heavy dollops of rock, soul, jazz and Afro-beat, Cécile Doo-Kingué deftly mines the traditional blues subjects of love, personal demons and loss while also addressing current politics fearlessly and fiercely. In true blues fashion, though, Doo-Kingué’s unflinching gaze never comes at the expense of a good groove, a catchy melody or a sharp guitar lick. The daughter of Cameroonian diplomats, Doo-Kingué was born and raised in New York, moving to Montreal at 20. She seamlessly sings in both French and English, often in the same song, and has developed a reputation for blistering live sets in her two decades of performing.
Biography by Sean Myers