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Cecile Doo-Kingue sings sassy French blues

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 Montreal based blues/ soul  musician Cecile Doo-Kingue brought her audience to a 1970s sidewalk  cafe in Paris or Montreal for her sassy show at the Slice, March 14.

 She had approximately 30 people listening intently as she began  to with the apt  original “Is Anybody Listening.”

 They all were hanging on every Cecile Doo-Kingue plays a soulful guitar solo. Photo by Richard Amerysultry, soulful note she sang and ever smooth, tear jerkingly beautiful note she played on guitar.

 She sounded like a female Marvin Gaye, singing soulful melodies and cracking  jokes with the audience and her band. Much of her material is in French, which she fit seamlessly into her set and sometimes within the same song.

She showed the blues is also the universal language of love by playing a lot of stellar guitar, while adding a few Hendrix licks and a whole lot of sexy soul.

She wound down her set with  “Mama’s Kitchen,” from her CD Freedom Calling,” which she began by talking about being from Cameroon in Africa, where people with large bottoms are beloved.

She turned around and did a butt solo by slapping out a percussion solo on her own butt, smiling all the while.

 Her second set was a little more experimental and jam powered. She had a lot of the audience dancing to the smooth grooves.

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:47 )  
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