MENOOSHA

MENOOSHA

 Zwingenberg, Hesse, DEU
BandR&BSoul

What some have said about Menoosha: - "Estelle Swaray on Steroids"- "ACDC on a trip to Cameroon with Chaka Khan" - "She reminds you of Mother's Finest's Joyce Kennedy" (AllesReal.de, Germany - 10-2008)

Biography

NOMINATIONS:
2010: MP3 Music Awards 2010 - Best African Act
2011: BEFFTA Awards 2011 - Best International Act

SINGLES:

- Givin it up which appeared on the successful sampler Mercedes Benz Mixed
Tapes and was chosen as the best song in 2007.
- African Boy, a reprise of Estelle and Kanye West's American boy, featuring
Ghanaian Emcee M.anifest.
- Movin as one as Skoda's promotional song for their new car creation in 2008.

Besides being active with studio work, she was also one of the lead vocalists in Funk/Soul bands, US2U and LABANA in South Germany.

Menoosha was born and bred in a family of Cameroonian descent in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), and was introduced very early to music by her afro-pop singer-aunt Bebe Manga.

As a member of a children's choir "Les Oiseaux du Monde" (Birds of the world), she opens for Kool & the Gang and Stevie Wonder in 1988 at a benefit called N'Daya International (organised by the then First Lady). They toured in the Ivory Coast and as well as in other African countries. Today she can boast about having been one of the kids who were allowed to stay up late... just to sing on stage.

In her teenage days, Menoosha and her younger sisters formed with a couple of other friends an a-capella female quartett. They regularly performed in school talent shows, church pageants and benefits. In these formative years, they both learned a lot about songwriting, arranging & choir directing. At 18, she packs her luggage, says goodbye to her family and travels to Germany to study Graphic design, where she later graduates and freelances till 2008. This is where she later on opened for Afro pop icon Myriam Makeba (2004) and Lou Bega (2007). She lists Joyce Kennedy, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Angelique Kidjo, Fela Kuti, Myriam Makeba and Lenny Kravitz among her heaviest influences. Being inspired by such diverse artists, Menoosha has succeeded in building up a truly crossover style, that she imposes well in her powerful live performances.

Now in 2010, after releasing Three Piece Suite, Menoosha and her producer and friend, Dario Allegra strike back with a new album Satellite Brown Chick, blending strong guitar riffs and solos with Soul, Hip Hop, Afrofunk, Electro and R&B, with an 80s flavour. They definitely wanted to release something almost genreless.

The album carries the spirit and expression of what Menoosha feels as she sings on the Rock'n'Roll flavoured track Satellite Brown Chick. Like the moon evolving like a natural satellite around the earth and other planets, sharing its energy, I interact in the same way with people I meet. I love sharing my energy with others, and feeling a positive feedback. So I literally have a problem with anybody who tries to mould me to do something else. And why Brown Chick? Politically I am a BLACK woman, but looking at myself in the mirror with the eyes of a free-minded child, brown is the colour I attribute to my skin.

The album opens in a pentecostal atmosphere that Menoosha enjoys in her spiritual life. While Dario Allegra demonstrates the true talents of a Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Arranger, and Singer (on Talk to me), Menoosha displays her vocal versatility. On Get by, Don't touch my stereo or Satellite Brown Chick, she showcases true grittiness. This earned her comparisons to Mother's Finest's Joyce Kennedy and En Vogue's Dawn Robinson. Talk to me, X-thousand miles, Order a friend and Sweet Beulah Dreams show her softer side. On Crumbs of Love, Menoosha whines about an abusive relationship, almost like a female D'Angelo (www.Soulsite.de). Menoosha teams up once again with M.anifest on the Electro-Rock-HipHop track "Superhero". Finally she returns to her West African roots in an upbeat celebration with Woyoo and Chamukuana, which was nominated in 2010 at the MP3 Music Awards in "Best African Act". She later on received another nomination at the BEFFTA Awards (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) in "Best International Act".

Satellite Brown Chick was recorded and mixed at POWW Studios and mastered at True Track Recording. Participating musicians include multi-instrumentalist Dario Allegra, guitar players Johannes Solf and Marcus Vollmer and bass player Benno Richter. The album is currently available on all digital stores.

Contact:
management@menoosha.com

Discography

2010: SATELLITE BROWN CHICK - Full length Album

2008: THREE PIECE SUITE - "Pre-album" EP

2008: "MOVIN AS ONE" - Official Single of the New "Skoda Superb" car creation (available on Amazon, Napster, Junodownload and Emusic)

2007 - Mercedes Benz Mixtape / Best of Mercedes Benz Mixtapes
Track: Givin it up (streaming on the Mercedes Benz official Podcast website)
Airplay on the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2008

2006 - Emancipation (Compilation by DJ Consortium)
Tracks: Life Drama & After work (available on Itunes)

Set List

A set of 45-50 mn

Original songs
1. Get down
2. Get by
3. Givin it up
4. Woyo
5. Crumbs of love
6. Nobody
7. Satellite Brown Chick
8. Superhero
9. Talk to me
10. Don't touch my stereo
11. La la song
12. Something you can feel