Princess Erika

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Princess Erika
Birth nameErika Dobong'na
Born (1964-04-05) 5 April 1964 (age 55)
Paris, France
OriginParis, France
GenresRagga, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1982–present
WebsiteOfficial site

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


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). She released the single "Tendresse" and her first album in 1992. She 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.[citation needed]

In 2004, she also participated in the compilation Agir Réagir intended to raise funds to help the Moroccans who survived an earthquake on 24 February 2002. In 2005, she was a contestant on La Ferme Célébrités. She organized the four editions of the concerts Les Voix de l'espoir [fr], performed with many other artists in a charity fundraiser. 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 an occasional actress in films and theatre, and appeared in Le Petit Trésor.[citation needed]


Erika has two children : Julien (born in 1982) and Oudima (2003).[citation needed]



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


  • 1988 : "Trop de bla-bla" - #39 in France
  • 1989 : "Tendresse"
  • 1995 : "Faut qu'j'travaille" - #15 in France, #38 in Belgium (Wallonia)
  • On s'en va
  • C'est ma vie
  • Nouvelle Génération
  • Sur la route du reggae


  • 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)


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