Montreal Blues Guitar Star Cecile Doo-Kingue This Friday at CROW

Cécile Doo-Kingué, one of Montreal’s most respected musicians, will be performing at CROW Bar and Variety in Collingwood this Friday, Sept. 8th.  The daughter of Cameroonian diplomats, Doo-Kingué was born and raised in New York, moving to Montréal at 20. She seamlessly moves between French and English in her singing, often in the same song, and has developed a reputation for blistering live sets in her two decades of performing. Primarily a blues singer, she stretches beyond the limitations of the form to include elements of rock, Afro-folk, soul, and roots.

“Music in general is my music,” she told James Stewart Reaney of The London Free Press in 2015, “I play various styles. They get incorporated in the music I create. So I’m not exclusive to blues. It’s not the only music I listen to or play. It is definitely the strongest influence in my playing.”

All of her music is an outgrowth of her guitar playing, which was her starting point, and she has gained a solid reputation as a blues guitarist, as well as for “her marvellous laugh, quick wit and shapely riffs.”

While she is an openly gay activist and some of her songs reflect concerns about the way gay people are treated, her music is mainly about celebration and her main mission is to entertain.

“It’s as much about that as it is about getting messages across and good music across,” she told James Reaney.

In this video, she tries out a few licks on a Tom Rush Naked Lady guitar at the behest of the manufacturer:

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