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Showing posts with label Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Award-winning guitarist + singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué announces new album and Canadian tour dates

Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues available January 22, 2016

First single "Little Bit" available on iTunes, Radio Submit and

The early 2015 release of Montreal guitarist and singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué’s acclaimed solo acoustic recording, Anybody Listening Part 1: Monologues showcased Doo-Kingué’s songwriting in its rawest form, earning her accolades and multiple Maple Blues Award nominations for her exceptional guitar playing, soulful vocals, and powerful songwriting.

On January 22, 2016, Doo-Kingué will release 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.

Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues is a family reunion, as much in the ‘whom’ as ‘where and how’ it was recorded.  Doo-Kingue called on long time collaborators Kim Richardson and Alan Prater, Kalmunity Vibe Collective regulars Malika Tirolien, Fredy V, Wayne Tennant, and Nadia Bashalani to ensure the soulful back vocals to the album.The album was predominantly tracked and entirely mixed at Bottega Studios in Kelowna, owned by the same patrons of the arts who run Streaming Café.  Most of the bed tracks are courtesy of two of her live trio rhythm sections, Anthony Pageot on drums, paired with Fredy V and Cedric Dind-Lavoie on bass.  The Dialogues version of “Six Letters features” two of Doo-Kingué’s favourite guitarists: her brother J.C ‘Dook’, and Montreal soul / funk legend Daniel ‘DJ’ Joseph, invited to play lead on the track alongside Kelowna-based banjoist Jesse Padgett.

Thematically, Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues continues the social commentary found on Monologues, adding disenfranchisement (Riot & Revolution), self-gratification (Pure Entertainment), and religious fanaticism (Faith) to the themes explored by the trilogy.  Cécile Doo-Kingué also celebrates the sweeter side of life, (Sunshine Lady, Thankful, and Little Bit) as a reminder that life is beautiful, despite the state of the world.  To pay tribute to one of her favourite guitarists while raising awareness of mental illness, Doo- Kingué ends the collection with a full steam version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression”.

Cécile Doo-Kingué isn’t just another token “chick” guitarist; her talents are measured not by gender lines, but by the fact that she 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.

Click here to request a digital download of Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues  
Click here to download album artwork
Click here to download promo photos of Cécile Doo-Kingué 

Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues Tracklist
1. Riot and Revolution
2. Sweet Talkin’ Devil
3. Anybody Listening
4. Little Bit
5. Six Letters
6. Thankful
7. Pure Entertainment
8. Animal Kingdom
9. Bloodstained Vodka
10. Faith
11. Sunshine Lady
12. Manic Depression

Cécile Doo-Kingué Tour Dates

Jan 14: Bruce Social Club, Thornbury ON 
Jan 15: Bruce Wine Bar, Thornbury ON 
Jan 16: The Townehouse, Sudbury ON 
Jan 18: Maple Blues Awards, Toronto ON 
Jan 21: Winterruption, Regina SK 
Jan 23: Creative City Centre, Regina SK
Jan 27: The Root, Lloydminister SK
Jan 29: Fish Creek Concerts, Calgary AB
Jan 30: Coldsnap Festival, Prince George BC
Feb 05: New Moon Folk Club, Edmonton AB
Feb 06:Flying Canoë Volant, Edmonton AB
Feb 07: Olive Bistro & Lounge, Jasper AB
Feb 11: Water Shed Arts Cafe, Langley BC
Feb 12: Fox Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Feb 13: Love Is The Answer Fundraiser, Vancouver BC
Feb 17: Plum, Lethbridge AB
Feb 19: La Grange Laurier, Laurier MB
Feb 20: Festival du Voyageur, Saint-Boniface, MB
Feb 21: Festival du Voyageur, Saint-Boniface, MB
Feb 25: Mid-Winter Blues Festival, Regina SK
Feb 26: Saskatoon Blues Festival, Saskatoon SK
Feb 27: Stircrazy Blues Festival, Swift Current SK
Mar 04: O Patro Vys, Montreal Homecoming show

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Photo by Terry Hughes Images

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cecile Doo-Kingue - Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues - New release review

I just received the newest release, Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues from Cecile Doo-Kingue and it's different and entertaining. Opening with Make Me, a modern jazz styled folk tune with a strong clever message. CDK alone on vocal, guitar and tambourine. Possibly radio restricted for language or subject, this is a great radio (strong memorable melody) track. Third World Child has warm guitar melodies and overall sounds like a tune that would have been penned by James Taylor or other well known solo acoustic vocalists. Very nice. Six Letters has a strong blues root including rudimentary acoustic slide work. A solid delta style boot stomper, this track is spot on. Little Bit is another really well constructed track with a catchy pop style melody. CDK, always with the solid guitar rhythm and distinctive vocal style takes this track off on a little loose jazz riff. Nice! Home has a really nice acoustic folk jazz feel and snappy guitar riffs. Another blues rooted track, Bloodstained Vodka, is a modern track with solid old style roots describing social and political controversy in today's world. Sweet Talkin' Devil, a track about addiction and personal issues looks again to contemporary delivery of solid blues rudiments for a well written story. Boogie track, Animal Kingdom keeps the blues drive but adds a light jazzy touch. Cool track. Wrapping the release is Anybody Listening, is a really pretty track again only CDK on vocal, guitar and tambourine. Nicely balanced, articulated and delivered, this is a nice track to wrap a solid jazz/blues/folk release with heart.

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