"She is not only one of the most electrifying guitarists around, but she is also one of the most versatile-Montreal Gazette


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. Her bewitching, incomparable fretwork and deep, suave voice are no longer secret to Montreal’s night-owls. Cécile has sizzled and dazzled with Montreal cult bands Dibondoko and Aliens, played or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Corneille, Bernard Purdie, Tricia Foster, Senaya, CIndy Doire, Ismael Isaac, Lou Simon, Soul City, to name but a few, and has opened for Manu Dibango and Youssou N’Dour. She has also done her share of mixing, including United Steel Workers of Montreal’s albums Broken Trucks and Bottles and Kerosene & Coal, producing and musical directing, including 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 women singer-songwriters.



“Smoky and soulful music ”-Montreal Mirror


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 earned Cécile several Lys BLues and Sounds of Blackness Awards nominations, as well as a Centre St-Ambroise Bursary and a tune commision from the CBC.

October 2012, Cecile launches her first french full-length album, Gris.

Cecile is presently finishing her second English album. It is set for release in 2013.


Regardless of subject matter, mood or language, Cécile captivates you with sincerity while her sound soothes body and soul.