Born in Paris, France and originating from Cameroon, Coco is a Tabernacle woman, a privileged, unbounded daughter of God. She described herself as a Third Culture human, a true citizen of the universe.
Her music is a subtle blend of African roots, classical music, jazz and gospel, along with the modern feel of acoustic soul music, which she mostly composes herself and co-produces with her husband Serge Ngando Mpondo.
Winner of several prestigious music awards (Radio France Internationale Découvertes Contest in 1996, German World Music CD Critics Award in 2001 and nominated for the BBC World Music Awards 2002), the singer has toured worldwide with her band for 22 years, and performed at the Eden Project Live 8 Concert 2005, Louisiana International Festival, Jazz Sous Les Pommiers, Normandy, France, Festival d’Eté in Montréal and Nuits d’Afrique in Québec, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Afroprojekt in Würzburg…), Womad festivals in Reading, UK; Caceres, Spain; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Singapore, and Womadelaide and more.
Coco started singing as a child, even before she could speak. Back home in Cameroon (where she lived from 9 months to the age of 14), she would wake up to Haendel’s Messiah on Sunday mornings, or sing along and dance to the Jackson Five or the latest Makossa hits, and during school holidays, she would go to her father’s village and sing and dance traditional Ambass Bey songs.
From a young age, she regularly took part in singing contests and always won them. Once she was back in Paris, after graduating from high school and studying at university for a couple of years, she started singing as a backing vocalist on stage and in recording sessions and she also joined a church-based gospel mass choir.
Coco sang in various contemporary classical, pop, African and gospel projects and was the main lead singer for Cirque du Soleil's show Totem for a short period of time.
She has recorded three albums to date: Sepia (2001) and Sisea (2003), and her latest album Jóa, released in October 2014.
She also released a live DVD called ‘Coco Mbassi Tour’ in 2005.
She describes her music as a “tree with deep African roots and branches that extend some towards classical music, some towards soul, gospel and jazz, and others towards Latin music and even pop music”.
Her Christian faith and her love for the human soul exude from every note of her soulful voice.