's career started in 1983, when his debut album was released with a black cover
and just the word Douleur
, no picture of the artist. Over the years, he revealed
hardly anything more of his face, he preferred to let his music speak for itself.
Of douala origin, Douleur started with makossa
rhythms and ngosso
blues, his lyrics are reflective. As he rarely appeared in shows, people wondered who he was.
After a couple of albums, he disappeared from the music scene in Cameroon discretely, only to
resurface nearly 10 years later with the album « Fureur »
His long silence was partly caused by his deception by producers who were not interested in his
success and did little to promote his music. Although his latest albums received more media
attention, his criticism toward African producers remains loud and clear.
So what happened? Alexandre Douala, as his real name is, was not a brilliant student, and already
in secondary school, he was more interested in singing and composing than in studying his books. One of
his school comrades happened to be Guy Lobé
they composed their first songs. In 1981, hardly 20 years old, he went to Paris and after two
years work he recorded his debut album produced by Toto Guillaume
Since 1988, he stayed in Paris but left the music scene.
He worked in factories just like thousands of other African immigrants until Aladji Touré
convinced him finally to make a new start in music. After three albums, he can finally make a
living in music and has plans to explore further the music of the sawa region (Douala and surrounding
1957, as Alexandre Douala
makossa, ngosso, essèwè, bolobo, ambassi-bey