Princess Erika

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Princess Erika
Birth name Erika Dobong'na
Born (1964-04-05) 5 April 1964 (age 50)
Origin France
Genres Ragga, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1982–present
Website Official site

Princess Erika (real name Erika Dobong'na, born on 5 April 1964, in Paris) is a French singer and actress with Cameroonian origins. She is particularly known for her ragga songs "Trop de bla-bla" ou "Faut qu'j'travaille".

Biography[edit]

In 1982, Erika formed with her sisters a band named Blackheart Daughters, then joined the band Princess and the Royal Sound, with whom she made several tours, opening for Jamaican singer Dennis Brown. In 1988, she recorded "Trop de bla-bla" in London and achieved a minor success in France (#39 on the Top 50, but later, the song became famous for being used for a TV advert for MMA). Then, she released the single "Tendresse" and her first album in 1992. She also opened the concerts for Les Négresses Vertes. In 1995, she released her second studio album, D'origine, and the lead single, "Faut qu'j'travaille", hit #15 in France. Two years later, she recorded a duet with Marc Lavoine, "Les Hommes sont des Femmes comme les autres". She participated in Les Enfoirés and wrote several songs for various artists such as "Embrasse-moi" for the Nubians. In 2004, she also participated in the compilation Agir Réagir intended to raise funds to help the Moroccans who lived an earthquake on 24 February 2002. In 2005, she was a contestant on the French TV reality La Ferme Célébrités to bring money for the African association Routes du Sud. She then organized the four editions of the concerts Les Voix de l'espoir, performed with many other artists in a charity goal. She covered the songs "La Vie en rose" and "J'ai encore rêvé d'elle" with Pierpoljak on the cover album Il est 5 heures Kingston s'éveille. She was occasionally actress in films and theatre and played in Le Petit Trésor, with Steevy Boulay and Vincent Azé. Erika had two children : Julien (born in 1982) and Oudima (2003).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1992 : Princess Erika
  • 1995 : D'origine
  • 1999 : Tant qu'il y aura
  • 2005 : À l'épreuve du temps
  • 2011 : Juste Erika

Singles[edit]

  • 1988 : "Trop de bla-bla" - #39 in France
  • 1989 : "Tendresse"
  • 1995 : "Faut qu'j'travaille" - #15 in France, #38 in Belgium (Wallonia)

Filmography[edit]

  • 1989 : Maman de Romain Goupil
  • 1998 : Charité biz'ness
  • 2005 : Les Marins perdus
  • 2005 : Quand les anges s'en mêlent...
  • 2005 : Le Jardin de Papa de Zeka Laplaine
  • 2006 : Camping Paradis" (TV film)
  • 2008 : Camping Paradis 2" (TV film)

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2008-10-09 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.

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