Biography of Coco Mbassi

Coco Mbassi is a female artist originating from Cameroon, and born in Paris, France, in 1969. Winner of the Radio France Internationale Découvertes Prize in 2001 with the song "Muenge Mwa Ndolo", she toured worldwide and her first album, Sepia, was released in 2001. Nominated in 2002 for the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, this album won the German World Music CD Critics' Awards, and her second album Sisea was released in 2003. Prior to her solo career, she sang with various artists as a backing vocalist, live or in recording sessions. Her music is a harmonious blend of styles which defies all categorisation. It is 'music comparable to a tree, with roots that sink deep in African roots and culture, and branches that extend towards jazz, blues, gospel, r'nb, soul, classical music'. She performed at Live 8, at the Eden Project, Cornwall. A lover of music in general, some of her favourites being The Messiah of Handel, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley or the Cameroonian artist Dina Bell, she is resolutely a citizen of the world. Her last release is a Live Tour DVD, Coco Mbassi Tour.

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