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Princess Erika, whose real name is Erika Dobong'na, is a French singer who first became known not as a singer but as a French athletics champion ! Title she won in 1979 in 2 distinct disciplines, namely hurdles and long jump.


Her artistic career really started in 1982 when she joined the group 'Blackheart Daughters', a group founded by her own sister Esther, better known as Estha Divine. Then we find her later in a new group 'Princess And The Royal Sound'.


She will still have to wait until 1988 to see her solo career take off in a certain way with the huge Single "Too much blah-blah". Single which reveals her to the eyes of the general public and offers her her first major hit.


New single "Tendress" the following year in 1989, Single which unfortunately does not confirm the enormous enthusiasm of the public encountered on its first title.


She will have to wait 3 more years and the year 1992 to release a first eponymous album, an album from which the title "Calomnie" will be extracted. The two will only know a level of success, to say the least relative…


The album "D'origine" which was released in 1995 will not go unnoticed far from it, thanks in particular to what will remain as its most emblematic title, namely "Faut qu'j'travaille".


We will find her in 1997 alongside Marc Lavoine on the excellent title "Men are women like the others".


Other albums and other Singles will be released later but will not allow the singer to repeat the feat achieved on "Faut qu'j'travaille"...


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others…) :

  • Trop de bla-bla 1988

  • Tendress 1989

  • Calomnie 1992

  • Chance 1992

  • A la dérive d'mes maux 1992

  • Faut qu’j’travaille 1995

  • C’est ma vie 1996

  • Les hommes sont des femmes comme les autres 1997

  • Nouvelle génération 1999

  • Stop 1999

  • A bout de souffle 1999

  • Je dois partir 2005

  • Souvenirs 2005

  • On s’en va 2011

  • Tourne 2011

  • Sur la route du reggae 2014

  • Délivrée 2018

  • L’amour illimité 2019

  • Langue de bois 2021

  • J'suis pas une sainte 2022


 

Clips :


1988...a first title that will propel this young unknown girl to the front of the stage in a sensational way to say the least. Ideal start as they say...



1989...the hardest thing in these cases is to confirm that this sensational start owes nothing to chance. And on this one, we would rather go in the direction of a big stroke of luck on the previous title...



1992... she will prove with this first album that luck may have helped but not only that because there is talent in all that anyway...



1992...she will try to switch to English but singing in English does not guarantee compulsory success at the International. Nice try though...



1992 ... she will prove in any case with this new opus that she has everything it takes to do great things. And the sequel will prove it in an obvious way...



1995... she will bounce back in an impressive way in this mid-90s with THIS title. A title that will see her return to the front of the race in an unexpected way...



1996...she was able to reinvent herself like never before in the middle of the decade and the result is stunning to say the least. Especially when you see more of what is looming on the horizon...



1997... who could have imagined seeing her in a duo with Marc Lavoine whose musical style differs somewhat from hers. And yet this unexpected duo will work from the fire of God, like what !



1999...the 80s will have seen her hatch but it's really the 90s that will have seen her take off in a way that is impressive to say the least. It remains to be seen what the decade to come has in store for her...



1999... what is certain is that she must not rest on its laurels because the next generation is growing behind and the competition will not give her any gift, that's clear...



1999...for the moment nothing to worry about but it is clear that she will have to reinvent herself at one time or another to be able to stay in the race...



2005...we will lose sight of her for almost 6 years but here she is again anyway. It remains to be seen what she brings back with her in terms of a musical project…



2005...she returns with the same fundamentals as during the previous decade. As much as they worked the previous time, as much it could be that they serve her more than anything else during this new decade...



2011... return for the less furtive because she will disappear again to return only at the beginning of decade 2010. The times become increasingly hard for the singer...



2011... after as long as she enjoys doing what she does, isn't that the main thing. If there is success, so much the better if not too bad...



2014...from now on it will mainly be one-off titles that will see her return in a stealthy way to say the least. But she comes back anyway...



2018...you still have to remember that she started her career in 1988, which is already 30 years on the clock, which is not nothing, that's clear...



2019...and what is certain is that she probably does not intend to stop there at first sight. Certainly she will never have the productivity of yesteryear but she will always come back and again in any case...



2021... it's been a long time since we've seen her in duo mode. We would have liked this duo to have the same success as the one with Marc Lavoine, but unfortunately that won't really be the case...



2022... so we imagine that this title won't be the last because we now know that with her nothing is ever over. To be continued as they say...




 

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