VALÉRIE ÉKOUMÈ | Album Monè
Disques Nuits d'Afrique / Believe / Val2ValProd / Page Publishing
Montreal, April 25, 2022 – Disques Nuits d’Afrique is happy to announce the digital release of Moné, the new album by Valérie Ékoumè available worldwide on Friday, May 6, 2022.
After her first two solo albums DJAALÉ in 2015 and KWIN NA KINGUE, ranked in the top 10 RFI World/Africa albums in 2017, the Cameroonian singer returns today with this new powerful and committed opus.
For this new album, Valerie collaborated with Guy NWOGANG, drummer/percussionist and producer of renown at the origin of the rhythmic work and at the realization of several tracks of this daring project.
MONÉ, MELODIC AND ECLECTIC, BUT COMMITED FIRST !
Joining Valérie Ékoumè’s universe is an experience you won’t regret!
In her colorful world, Love is king and Afropop is the musical style she has chosen to express it.
On this already acclaimed album, the Cameroonian singer loudly proclaims her refusal of inequality and injustice through committed tracks.
“Monè is an eclectic record, but its melodic lightness does not alter its purpose. It is time to say what we sadly see repeated. The protest is an indignation. Valérie Ekoumè is convinced of this” – RFI, April 2022.
MONÈ regrouped an heritage bathed in the rhythms of Assiko, Essèwè, Makossa, Bikutsi, Ekang, highlighting the cultures and popular traditions of Cameroon.
Alongside her elders, such as Coco Mbassi, Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine or Papa Wemba and her complicity with the late Manu Dibango for eight years, have had a major influence in the artistic career of the young artist.
Valerie is now part of this new generation that draws its influences from all over the world.
The power of this album lies in the human richness and the multitude of talented musicians who participated in it such as James BKS, Flavia Coelho, Delia Fisher, Kareyce Fotso and more.
1 – MISO NA MUDUMBU
2 – MBALÈ MBALÈ
3 – MAH CALCUL
4 – MONÈ
5 – SBL (STRONG BEAUTIFUL LADIES)
6 – DI MA TUNGUÈ
7 – O MBÁSAN
8 – SÉLOUTE
9 – MAH CALCUL (PBO)
After DJAALÉ in 2015, her second opus KWIN NA KINGUE released in November 2017 has been acclaimed by the press and the public. As matter of fact it entered RFI’s TOP 10 African/ World Music album for 2017. These projects enabled the AfroPop singer to tour Europe and North America in such famous festival as Celtics Connection in 2020, the Festival International des Nuits d’Afrique or even SunFest in Canada, not only for shows but also presenting workshop as sharing African culture with the audience is one of her main goal.
MONÈ the third project will be released the 6th of may 2022, in this new album, and with the help of Guy NWOGANG, Valérie EKOUME digs deeper into her Cameroonians roots, the result is Assiko or even Essèwè which are popular rhythms from Cameroun. So get ready to dance !
In 2005, she joint the American School Of Modern Music, in Paris specialized in musician training where she stayed for 5 years . With many partnerships such as (James BKS, Flavia COELHO, Délia FISHER, Kareyce FOTSO..) the singer belongs to this new multicultural generation and is influenced by it.