Winner of the 2006 Indies Awards for the 'Favorite World Artist'at the Canadian Independant Music Awards, Cameroonian composer and vocalist Muna Mingole will amaze you with her dynamic and colourful performances, her contagious joy for life, but most of all the exceptional intensity of her incredible harmonious voice inflected with 'African Soul'.
Her first solo Album 'Dipita' (meaning Hope) was nominated at the 2005 Canadian Urban Music Awards in the 'Best Global recording of the year' category.
Muna signifies " Child" in duala. Born in Paris, France, Mingole Mingole arrives in Canada at age 2 with her family. In 1985, she discovers Cameroon, her parent's native land where she lives for 8 years and gets acquainted with her ancestor's village, Malimba, a beautiful island. Blue, symbol of water, characterizes values of hope, communication, courage and perseverance, and like her ancestors, Muna shares theses values and transposes them into her songs. Muna is without a doubt the "Blue Fire" of Cameroon!
She starts singing in 1990 as her school's lead singer and wins for 2 consecutive years (1990 and 1991) the award for best female singer of Douala, her homeland town (Cameroon). In 1992, the new Voice of Cameroon chooses to come back to Canada and pursues her studies at University of Montreal. Five years later, her passion for singing and dancing drives her to join a music band in which she composes and interprets African and West Indies rhythms.
During her artistic career Muna has performed with many great names such as Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Kanda Bongo Man (Democratic Republic of Congo), Zitany Neil (Congo-Brazzaville), The « Têtes Brulées », Emile Kangue, Henry Njoh and André-Marie Tala (all 4 from Cameroon), Serge Kassy, Yelen (both from Ivory Coast), Lorraine Klaasen (South Africa), Pierre-Michel Ménard, Cytise, Assoto (all 3 from Haïti) and many others.
It's in 1999 that she crosses the threshold of the Canadian World beat music scene. As she proofs herself as the new queen of most popular rhythms of Cameroon, Makossa and Bikutsi, she quickly gains considerable regional recognition throughout Quebec, Ontario and Alberta provinces. In 2000, she is quoted by the Festival "Francofolies de Montréal" as the "New World beat rhythms revelation achieving most spectacular and fastest ascension in the Afro-Quebec scene".
Her career truly rises during summer 2002 as she wins the 2002 Montreal African Recognition Award for the category "Best World Beat Musical Hope 2002". Muna is also invited to sing for more than 200 000 people at the Francofolies of Montreal's Great Event: "La fête africaine" (the African Fiesta), and again later in August 2002 to entertain royalty, the Queen Elizabeth II, in Ottawa, during her Canadian jubilee tour.
With Dipita, Muna proposes a spicy cocktail of musical fusions in which makossa, bikutsi and afrobeat meet the originality of Muna's powerful voice, her captivating melodies and wonderful messages of hope, courage and perseverance!