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Donny Elwood (his English sounding name is a contraction of
his real name Albert Dieudonné Ella Owoudou), is a remarkable artist in Cameroon. His
songs are reflective, in poignant French, and sometimes solely accompanied by his guitar.
Elwood, more a chansonnier than a dance floor star, sings of daily life and misery of
the people, with humourful lyrics. In a way, Elwood follows the tradition of Francis Bebey.
Whereas on his first album, he is more of a songwriter, mainly accompanying himself on guitar, the second album shows a new facet of Donny Elwood, as a composer, and his lyrics are being supported by rhythms such as makossa, bikutsi and blues. On his albums, Donny Elwood has been working with the young Cameroonian guitarist Jay Lou.
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