World, African, Pop RnB
The story of the young woman born in Yaoundé could almost be a fairy tale as her ascent was made quickly, a sign of a natural talent that today takes its full dimension. “Everyone was singing at home, it was normal, and before me it had not awakened any vocation” relativizes Charlotte.
The young Cameroonian began as a backing vocalist in the studio and on stage. She has accompanied the greatest such Manu DIBANGO or Rokia TRAORE before joining the Gospel choir for 100 voices with which she has performed in the Zéniths of France alongside artists such as Axelle RED.
In 2009, she gave her career a decisive turn by devoting herself to her solo adventure. A few months later, Charlotte DIPANDA “gives birth” to her “1st baby” named Mispa. This first album is recorded in Paris with Guy NSANGUE, THE reference of Cameroonian bassists. Perfectly fulfilling his role as a director, he knew how to understand the acoustic world that the young woman likes and to give the ensemble a nice coherence. Including at times the side of the makossa through the Afrobeat.
With this project, she traveled the scenes of the hexagon and was propelled to the rank of star in Cameroon, her homeland where she is now sold out. She continued to rub shoulders with the artists of the continent who see her as a worthy representative of singing in the lineage of African divas. His road then crosses that of a “big brother”, a Cameroonian, exceptional bassist and renowned singer. Richard BONA takes it under his wing and gives him the honor to open his concerts.
Meanwhile, Charlotte keeps warm new compositions. After more than 200 concerts, it’s time for her to offer her audience a second album. Never change a winning team ! Guy NSANGUE is here again! The album is so hot, ready to be released on the record market. We find the same sobriety as on Mispa with a touch more, that of maturity. This disc tinged with emotion takes us on a journey to the detour of melodies, a mix of traditional, jazz and acoustic with lyrics in douala, bakaka and French.
At the turn of a title, we have the nice surprise to find Richard Bona duet and Jacob Desvalieu, the famous singer Kassav. If we dwell on the cover of the album, we have the joy of discovering another collaboration, that of Lokua KANZA who wrote the song Kumb’élolo. The test of the 2nd album is often perished but Charlotte DIPANDA transforms the test!
“Dube L’am” tells beautiful stories. “Dube L’am”, which means “my faith”, translates Charlotte’s beliefs and all those things she believes in. This naivety that she has to always see the best in the other.
On February 5th 2015, “Massa”, Charlotte Dipanda’s 3rd album, is released.
Through the ten songs of Massa, the young woman sets up a direct dialogue, does not hesitate to take a stand to talk about her country, also says her bitterness about She did not see, which evokes this grandmother if present in she. She who thought she had been American in another life.
For this new project, the openness to its homeland and the cultures that come from it is reflected in the choice of its collaborators: the Capverdian “Nando” (Fernando Andrade) who worked for Cesaria Evora for a long time, the guitarists Hervé Samb du Senegal and Olivier Tshimanga from Congo or the Brazilian percussionist Zé Luis Nascimento. A long-time partner, bassist Guy Nsangue is responsible for translating Charlotte’s artistic desires as a director. To better pass the emotions of this voice that is not his age and penetrates the soul gently.
Charlotte Dipanda’s music mixes African music with R & B and pop music. His compositions include traditional African rhythms, including bikutsi and mangambeu. She sings in her mother tongue, bakaka, as well as in French, yabassi and douala.