Adèle Ruffine Ngono, known by her stage name Lady Ponce, is a Cameroonian singer and songwriter. She is also known as "La Reine de Bikutsi" (the Queen of Bikutsi). In 2014, Ngono was named a knight of the Order of Valour.

Lady Ponce
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Lady Ponce in 2012
Background information
Birth nameAdèle Ruffine Ngono
Also known asLa Reine de Bikutsi[1]
BornMbalmayo, Cameroon
OriginYaoundé, Cameroon
GenresBikutsi
Knight of Order of Valour
Ordre de la Valeur (Cameroun) Chevalier 2nd type ribbon.svg

Early lifeEdit

Ngono was born in Mbalmayo, Cameroon.[2] Following the death of her mother in 1999, she moved to Yaoundé, where she joined Chapelle d’Essos, the local choir.[3] Ngono performed in cabarets at Camp Sonel[4] and La Cascade.[5]

CareerEdit

In 2007, Ngono released her first album, Le ventre et le bas-ventre, which consisted of six songs.[6] The album led to her winning the Canal 2'Or's Best Voice and Musical Revelation awards for that year.[7] Ngono followed up the success of her first album with three albums produced by Jean Pierre Saah:[8] Confession in 2009, La loi du talion in 2011, and Bombe atomique in 2012, containing ten, twelve, and twelve tracks respectively.[9][10][11] In 2015, she released Bain de sons, consisting of eighteen songs.[12] In 2017, she released "Patrimonie", an album regarding her early life, consisting of twelve tracks and produced by KMG Productions.[13]

In July 2016, Ngono performed at the Viking Center in Maryland, US.[14] In April 2017, she sang at SEG Geneva Arena for the Afrikan Zik Festival,[15] and later at La Cigale, on 21 January 2017.[16] In July 2018, Ngono headlined Afrofest at Toronto's Woodbine Beach.[17]

In December 2018, Ngono went on a one-month national tour, visiting Yaoundé, Douala, Bafoussam, Ngaoundéré and Ebolowa.[18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2011, it was rumoured that Ngono died after a fatal childbirth in Paris – however this was quickly debunked by her relatives.[20] In February 2019, rumours surfaced that she had died in a car accident.[21]

In 2011, Ngono criticized then-Cameroonian Minister of Culture, Ama Tutu Muna, for not doing enough to help artists – citing slow copyright request responses and limited financial support.[22] In 2015, she donated equipment and supplies to FoundationFact, an orphanage in Yaoundé.[23]

On 21 November 2018, Ngono married Aloys Tsafack, a Cameroonian manager and producer known as Dieu Cyclone,[24][25] at a reception near Les Clayes-sous-Bois city hall.[26] To maintain secrecy and avoid paparazzi, Ngono advertised the wedding was to be at 3:30 pm, then held it at 9:00 am.[27]

Ngono is a mother of three children.[28] [29] Cameroonian media colloquially refers to Ngono as "La Reine de Bikutsi", which translates to "The Queen of Bikutsi".[1]

DiscographyEdit

Lady Ponce discography
 
Lady Ponce dancing at a concert
Studio albums6[30]
Singles6[30]

AlbumsEdit

  • Le ventre & le bas-ventre (2007)
  • Confession (2009)
  • La loi du talion (2011)
  • Bombe atomique (2012)
  • Bain de sons (2015)
  • Patrimoine (2017)

SinglesEdit

  • La la la (2014)
  • Obele (2017)
  • Me Ndigui Yem (2017)
  • Espoir (2017)
  • Connais-tu l'amour (2017)
  • Fidélité Kmer (2019)

AwardsEdit

Year Song Category Result Reference
Canal 2'Or [fr]
2007 Best Voice Won [31]
Musical Revelation of the Year Won
2008 Treason Song of the Year Won [32][33]
Best Female Artist of the Year Won
2013 Pipiyou Best Music Video Nominated [34]
Secouer Secouer Song of the Year Nominated
Best Female Artist of the Year Nominated
2017 O bale ma Best Music Video Nominated [35]
Best Female Artist of Year Nominated
2019 Best Folk Artist of the Year TBA [36]
Best Female Artist of the Year TBA
Radio Tiéméni Siantou (RTS) Awards
2007 Performance of the Year Won [37]
Bikutsi Artist of the Year Won
2008 Artist of the Year Won
Festival Bikutsi
2008 Bikutsi Artist of the Year Won [37]
Kora Awards
2012 Best Female Artist – Central Africa Won [38]
Hommage à Jésus Best Female Artist – Religious Music Nominated [39]

On 20 May 2014, Ngono was awarded with the Order of Valour by president Paul Biya.[40][41]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Lady Ponce : la reine du Bikutsi s'est discrètement mariée à paris !". Retrospective People (in French). 21 November 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ Le King, Alain B. (17 August 2015). "LADY PONCE". Kamer Konnection (in French). Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ Linge, Idriss (27 May 2009). "Cameroun: Lady Ponce, une reine au royaume des seigneurs du Bikutsi". Journal de Cameroun. Archived from the original on 26 September 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Biographie – Lady Ponce, une valeur sûre de la musique camerounaise". Le Bled Parle (in French). 22 June 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  5. ^ Mengue, Erica Emmanuelle (January 2017). "Star insight Lady Ponce, déjà 10 ans et toujours au top". Reglo (in French). Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Lady PONCE en concert à la cigale de Paris en Janvier". Le Bled Parle (in French). 2 September 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  7. ^ Calvino (18 September 2013). "La video "Carrosserie" de la star camerounaise Lady Ponce". Variculture (in French). Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  8. ^ "L'hommage de Lady ponce à Jean Pierre Saah : " Un homme Exceptionnel ! "". Le Bled Parle (in French). 2 April 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Confession, Lady Ponce". Afrisson. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Lady Ponce – Bombe A". discogs. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  11. ^ "La loi du Talion , Lady Ponce". Afrisson. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Lady Ponce lance " Bain de sons " à Douala". Music in Africa (in French). Douala. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Lady Ponce dévoile son " Patrimoine "". Camernews (in French). 22 September 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  14. ^ "L'artiste Lady Ponce attendue aux États-Unis pour une série de spectacles". Camernews (in French). 19 June 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
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  17. ^ WhatsOn (6 July 2018). "Afrofest celebrates African music, culture at Toronto's Woodbine Park". Toronto.com. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Lady Ponce en Tournée Nationale". Tendance Actu. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  19. ^ Nématchoua, Eliane Sara (19 December 2018). "Cameroun tour : Lady Ponce enflamme le Carrossel". Diapason Media Group (in French). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  20. ^ Njipou, Alain (11 February 2011). "La rumeur tue Lady Ponce". Lecamerounaisinfo (in French). Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  21. ^ "No, Lady Ponce is not dead". Stopblablacam. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Lady Ponce tacle durement la ministre Ama Tutu Muna". Bonaberi (in French). 14 January 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Lady Ponce assists orphans". Cameroon Concord. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  24. ^ Domina, Yvan (23 November 2013). "Lady Ponce et Aloys pour le meilleure et le pire". 7Television (in French). Paris. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  25. ^ Tientcheu, Marchelo (21 November 2018). "PEOPLE : Le mariage de Lady Ponce avec un agent de sécurité fait de grands bruits sur la toile". Le Bled Parle (in French). Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  26. ^ "People: Lady Ponce se marie en France avec 'un complice' des ambazoniens". Camerounweb (in French). Les Clayes-sous-Bois. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  27. ^ Sopie, Hilaire (20 November 2018). "FRANCE :: LADY PONCE ET DIEU CYCLONE DEVANT LE MAIRE CE MERCREDI 21 NOVEMBRE 2018 PRES DE VERSAILLES :: FRANCE". camer.be (in French). Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  28. ^ Katchikpe, Edouard (9 April 2018). "Chanteuse et mère de trois enfants : Lady Ponce critiquée pour ses tenues provocantes". Journal Educ Action Bénin (in French). Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  29. ^ "Lady Ponce : un concert à Paris pour ses 10 ans de carrière". Music in Africa (in French). 13 September 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
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  32. ^ "16 secrets peu connus sur Lady Ponce et ses reins électriques". Camerounweb (in French). 5 May 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  33. ^ Soh, Duvalier Kamdoum (15 April 2009). "Canal d'or 2008 : Lady Ponce, reine de la musique Camerounaise – lecamerounaisinfo". Lecamerounaisinfo (in French). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  34. ^ "Canal 2'OR : la liste complète des nominés". Culturebene (in French). 20 February 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  35. ^ "Canal 2'Or Act 11: " La reine blanche " domine les nominations". Madeinmboa. 16 January 2017. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  36. ^ "Canal 2 d'Or 2019 : la liste des nominés est connue". Music in Africa. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  37. ^ a b Akono, Justin Blaise (2 March 2009). "Récompenses : Lady Ponce reine de la musique 2008". Cameroon-info (in French). Archived from the original on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  38. ^ Batchou, Frank William T (5 January 2013). "Kora awards 2012 : Le Cameroun rentre bredouille, DJ Arafat au sommet". Atelier des médias (in French). Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  39. ^ Adéline T. "Kora 2012: Lady Ponce, Charlotte Dipanda, X-maleya et N'Lauretta, représenteront le Cameroun". Le Bled Parle (in French). Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  40. ^ RTC (20 May 2014). "Lady Ponce sera élevée au grade de chevalier de l'ordre et de la valeur ce 20 Mai 2014". Culturebene (in French). Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  41. ^ Kioshiko, Kohan (18 September 2018). "Les Chanteuses Stars Africaines connues en Afrique et dans le Monde". Cote d'Ivoire News (in French). Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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