„Entertaining, confident and inventive“ (The Guardian)
Monsieur Doumani, nominated for ‚Best Group‘ in Songlines Music Awards 2016, were formed in 2011 in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. They focus on rearranging Cypriot traditional songs adding their own particular color to the sound and feeling of the songs. They also compose their own songs in the Cypriot dialect, which are inspired by contemporary Cypriot society.
Even though their musical education was mainly oriented towards Western musical paths, neither of them has ever ignored the simplicity, the beauty and the unique melodies of their land’s traditional music. It is this uniqueness that Monsieur Doumani has focused upon, enriching traditional songs with new arrangements, melodies, rhythms and sounds and crafting a style distinctively their own. The traditional element is highlighted through the diversity of musical styles echoed in the group’s fresh and daring approach to Cypriot tradition.
In March 2015 Monsieur Doumani released their second full-length album, ‘Sikoses’, which was nominated for the prestigious ’Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2015‘ and also gained them a nomination in Songlines Music Awards 2016 in two categories: ‘Best Group’ and ‘Europe’. Sikoses also reached No.1 in World Music Network’s June 2015 chart and No.1 in the November 2015 Transglobal World Music Chart.
Their live appearances in festivals and venues across Europe (WOMAD, GLOBALTICA, Bardentrefen, SKIF St Petersburg etc) have been very well-received by diverse audiences and their music has been presented on radio stations around the globe, such as BBC, NPR, Radio France, Sveriges Radio, PBS FM Melbourne etc.
In August 2012, Monsieur Doumani represented Cyprus at the acclaimed Ferrara Buskers Festival and was awarded the 3rd place for the most favored group of the festival.