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Album Review

The Ivory Coast's Monique Seka had a big hit with the title track of this album. She had already begun to employ Manu Lima on keyboards and for the orchestration. He reappears on her 1995 release, Okaman, an album that was a huge success in Africa and the French Antilles. After the sales of Okaman this album was reissued in 1996. The style tends toward Antillean zouk beton, which is the harder-edged zouk versus the lighter zouk. The sound quality is good, although the levels are under-recorded. The synthesizers sound a little dated and don't achieve the clarity of her later albums. Short at 36 minutes, the title cut alone is memorable and foreshadows the brilliance of her later work.


Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The "Queen of Afro-Zouk," Monique Seka has embraced, not only the music of her homeland, but influences from around the globe. During an early-'90s interview, she explained, "When I sing, I don't see Africa, but I see all the Black people." Descended from a family of musicians, Seka began her career in 1982 as a member of her uncle Jhon Morgan's group, the Maya Melodye Band. After a lengthy stint with the Ivory Coast TV Orchestra, she launched her solo career with an album of love songs, Tontie Affou,...
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Missounwa - EP, Monique Séka
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  • 2,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 05 July 1996

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