b. 1955, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. One of the most popular soukous artists of the late 70s and early 80s, honey-voiced Daouda’s biggest hits were ‘Mon Coeur Balance’ in 1978 and ‘Le Sentimental’ in 1983. Born to Burkinabe parents, Daouda first took employment as a television technician, but was overheard practising his guitar playing and singing in the studio. His first single, ‘Les Gbakas d’Abidjan’, was released in 1976, and announced his sweet voice and strong lyrics. Music became his full-time career following the release of his second single, ‘Le Villageons’, the following year. The first of several albums arrived in 1978. A revised version of this debut brought him international acclaim when re-released as Le Sentimental by the specialist African music outlet, Stern’s, in 1983. Guests included Souzy Kasseya, Alhadji Toure, Jimmy Hyacinthe and many others. Moving to Paris in the late 80s, he became part of that city’s African-Antillean zouk community but, while recording with a variety of zouk bands, lost his Ivoirean individuality and star profile.
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