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King Mensah
(Togo)

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Biography  
King Mensah, known as the 'Golden Voice of Togo', is one of the most popular singers from Togo, a small country squeezed between Ghana and Benin. Born from a Togolese father and a Beninese mother in 1971, he started performing with a 'ballet' of traditional and folkoric music when he was nine years old. Later, he became member of Les Dauphins de la Capitale in Lomé. In the early 1990s, he was acting with the Ki-Yi M'Bock Theatre in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire). He worked as an actor and singer in Europe, Japan, France, French Guiana and Benin.

Based in Lomé, Togo's capital, King Mensah records his first album « Madjo » in Paris, he produced a number of albums since. On a humanitarian level, he created Fondation King Mensah aiming at protecting and educating orphans, and he created an orphanage in Agbodrafo (25 km east of Lomé).

In his music, King Mensah fuses elements of traditional Ewe music (Agbadza and Akpessé), and Kabye dance-drum music, with funk, reggae, and West African Afropop. He sings mainly in Ewe and French, about hope, the future and religion. He won several awards, such as a UNESCO Award in Paris in 1997, a Kora Award in 2000, a Tamani d'or (Golden Tamani) in Mali in 2005 and several prices in his home country, for instance Togo Music Awards for Best Album and for Best Artist in 2000).


Born: 12 August 1971, as Papavi Ayaovi Mensah
Style: Afropop, Afrobeat


King Mensah
King Mensah
Discography

Title Year Label Remarks
Da 2010 Soleil Sud Prod
Yetonam 2006 King Mensah Distribution
Elom 2002 King Mensah Distribution
Mensah, Mensah 2000 Africa Productions 00071-2
Edidodo 1998 King Mensah
Madjo 1996 Bolibana Also released as « Sessime »


Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Mensah
www.kingmensah.org/
 
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