Monsieur Doumani

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Monsieur Doumani
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Background information
OriginCyprus Nicosia, Cyprus
GenresWorld, Cypriot Folk, Cypriot Traditional Music, Mediterranean, Fusion
Years active2011–present
LabelsMonsieur Doumani Records
MembersAntonis Antoniou
Demetris Yiasemides
Angelos Ionas

Monsieur Doumani is a three-piece Cypriot band formed in Nicosia in 2011, nominated for "Best Group" in the Songlines Music Awards 2016.[1] Monsieur Doumani have performed in major festivals and venues in Europe, including WOMAD Charlton Park[2] 2014, Konzerthaus, Vienna, Rudolstadt-Festival, FMM Sines Festival Músicas do Mundo etc.


The band consists of Antonis Antoniou (also member of neo-rebetiko group Trio Tekke) on the tzouras,[3] Angelos Ionas on the guitar and Demetris Yiasemides on the wind instruments. The band’s music is a blend of the traditional element with modern genres.[4] They first performed live on 28 July 2012 at XORKO Collaborative Arts Movement's festival at Arminou village.[5] In August 2012, Monsieur Doumani represented Cyprus at the international festival Ferrara Buskers Festival in Italy and was awarded third place for the most favored group of the festival.[6]

Debut EP[edit]

In 2012 they produced their first limited-edition EP entitled Cyfolk, consisting of eight rearrangements of Cypriot folk songs. The album was distributed only in Italy and it is now out of print.[6]

Grippy Grappa[edit]

In May 2013 Monsieur Doumani released its first full-length album entitled Grippy Grappa[7][8] distributed by Proper Music Distribution. The album was produced in Nicosia, and composed mainly of reworkings of traditional Cypriot pieces.[9][10]

The album Grippy Grappa was reviewed in The Guardian,[11] Les Inrockuptibles[12] and fRoots.[13] The album was amongst the Top of the World Albums according to the 95th issue of Songlines magazine,[14] and it reached no.12 in World Music Network's August charts.[15] The album gained the group a "Best Newcomer" nomination in the Songlines Music Awards 2014.[16] The video clip of one of the album's songs called 'Out-of-touch guy' reached no.4 on World Music Network's November video charts.[17]


In March 2015, Monsieur Doumani released their second full-length album entitled Sikoses.[18] The album was produced in Nicosia, Cyprus by Monsieur Doumani and consists of 13 tracks, 10 of which are originals and 3 reworkings of traditional Cypriot pieces.

Sikoses was nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik in 2015. It was awarded ‘Top of the World' in Songlines magazine issue #108.[19] The album received nominations in the categories "Best Group" and "Europe" in Songlines Music Awards 2016.[20] Sikoses reached No.1 in World Music Network's June 2015 chart[21] and No.1 in the November 2015 Transglobal World Music Chart.[22]


In February 2018, Monsieur Doumani released their third album entitled Angathin.[23] The album consists almost exclusively of original compositions.

Angathin was nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2018 in the category 'World Music'. It was listed as ‘Top of the World' in Songlines magazine issue #137.[24] Angathin reached No.1 in the April 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart,[25] as well as No.2 in the World Music Charts Europe.[26]

Current members[edit]


  • Cyfolk (2012, Monsieur Doumani Records)
  • Grippy Grappa (2013, Monsieur Doumani Records)
  • Sikoses (2015, Monsieur Doumani Records)
  • Angathin (2018, Monsieur Doumani Records)


  1. ^ "Songlines Music Awards 2016". Songlines. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  2. ^ "WOMAD Charlton Park 2014". WOMAD. Archived from the original on 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2014-11-09.
  3. ^ "Trio Tekke Interview". Avopolis. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  4. ^ "RootsWorld Reviews". RootsWorld. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  5. ^ "Past Shows". Monsieur Doumani. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
  6. ^ a b "Monsieur Doumani: i banditi musicali (in Italian)". Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  7. ^ "Grippy Grappa". World Music Central. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  8. ^ "Monsieur Doumani – Grippy Grappa". Global Sounds. Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  9. ^ "MONSIEUR DOUMANI: Grippy Grappa by Chris Nickson". Sign Out. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  10. ^ "Monsieur Doumani Grippy Grappa (in Greek)". Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  11. ^ "Monsieur Doumani: Grippy Grappa – review by Robin Denselow". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  12. ^ "Le monde des musiques du monde (13)". Les Inrocks. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  13. ^ "fRoots August 2013 Edition". Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  14. ^ "Top of the World: Monsieur Doumani – Grippy Grappa". Songlines. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  15. ^ "August Audio Chart: Bio Ritmo, Maguaré, Jyotsna Srikanth & More". World Music. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  16. ^ "Songlines Music Awards 2014". Songlines. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  17. ^ "November Video Chart: Piers Faccini, Anoushka Shankar, Monsieur Doumani & More..." World Music Network. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  18. ^ ""Sikoses": Οι Monsieur Doumani παρουσιάζουν τον νέο τους δίσκο (in Greek)". O Phileleftheros. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  19. ^ "Top of the World". Songlines. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  20. ^ "Songlines Music Awards 2016". Songlines. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  21. ^ "World Music Network Chart". World Music Network. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  22. ^ "Tranglobal World Music Chart". Transglobal World Music Chart. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  23. ^ ""Angathin": Κυκλοφόρησε το Αγκάθθιν (in Greek)". Politis. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  24. ^ "Top of the World". Songlines. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  25. ^ "Transglobal World Music Chart". Transglobal World Music Chart. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  26. ^ "World Music Charts Europe". World Music Charts Europe. Retrieved 2018-04-06.

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