Cécile Doo-Kingué brings earthy sound to Bozzini’s

Cécile Doo-Kingué brings her blend of blues, afro-roots and soul to Bozzini's Upstairs Lounge on Feb. 15.

Cécile Doo-Kingué and her trio visit Bozzini's Upstairs Lounge on Feb. 15.

Cécile Doo-Kingué and her trio visit Bozzini's Upstairs Lounge on Feb. 15.

In Chilliwack for the first time, Cécile Doo-Kingué visits Bozzini’s Upstairs Lounge on Feb. 15.

Touring as a trio in support of her third album Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues, Cécile’s guitar and vocals are joined by Pierre Desmarais on bass and Anthony Pageot on drums.

This guitarist and singer-songwriter has an exceptional stage presence, blending blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound.

Born and raised in New York City, Cécile Doo-Kingué is now an adopted Montrealer. She’s since been considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, sharing the stage with the Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie and Scarlett Jane, amongst many.

Cécile released her debut solo album Freedom Calling in 2010, to critical acclaim. In 2012 she followed up with Gris, which earned Cécile the 2013 Fondation SPACQ Edith Butler Award for Excellence in Franocphone Songwriting.

She toured both albums extensively across Canada and Europe, firing up clubs, listening rooms and festivals alike with her face-melting playing, rich vocals, and sharp banter with her audience.

Anybody Listening Part 1: Monologues, was released in February 2015, the first chapter of a trilogy exploring blues and roots, showcasing Doo-Kingué’s songwriting in its rawest form, earning multiple Maple Blues Award nominations.

At the dawn of 2016, Doo-Kingué released the second chapter of Anybody Listening, which features her strength and versatility as an all-around guitarist and musician, from blues to jazz, to folk to soul, to rock n’ roll.

Cécile Doo-Kingué performs at Bozinni’s at Feb. 15. The show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at Bozzini’s or by phone at 604-792-0744.