Daouda has been very successful in the 1980s in the whole of francophone Africa. His music is
a mix of mandingo melodies and makossa and soukous rhythms, with back-up of Cameroonian musicians on some albums and
poignant and humourous lyrics in French.
Daouda Koné worked as a young TV technician in Abidjan. He was also an amateur singer and guitarist, and once someone
heard him singing. Soon, he was offered a TV spot as well as a contract to make a first record.
A first single, « Les Gbakas D'Abidjan » was already a success in 1976. He decided
to turn to music professionally, but he released a few albums before really breaking through with
« Le Sentimental '83 », a re-recording of his first album,
« Mon Coeur Balance », this time with Souzy Kasseya on guitar,
Alhadji Toure on bass, Jimmy and Fredo (one of the hottest horn sections in Africa)
and arranger Jimmy Hyacinthe. This was a tremendous success in all Francophone countries. It had been
released again in the UK in 1985 on Stern's. In 1984, he recorded « La Femme de Mon Patron »
with mainly Cameroonian musicians hence a strong makossa feel. Unfortunately, at the end of the 1980s his popularity
started to decline. In 1995, Daouda migrated to the United States, where he didn't succeed in pursuing his
music career. In 2007, however, he recorded a new album in Abidjan with producer Jean-Aristide Dico.
Musicians on «Yougou-Yougou Dokaflé» (1979):
Cherif Mohamed Smith: Orgue, piano;
Daouda: acoustic guitar;
Vewouyi Yao D.: solo guitar;
Recorded in Lomé, Togo
Musicians on «La femme de mon patron» (1984):
Freddy, Man Ouari, Hamid Belhouine: brass;
Marcel de Souza: percussion;
Valéry Lobé: drums;
Touré Aladji: bass;
Toto Guillaume, Jimmy Hyacinthe, Jules Kamga, J. Malekani: guitar.
Recorded in studio Félicité