Monsieur Doumani, nominated for 'Best Newcomer' in Songlines Music Awards 2014, was formed in 2011 in Nicosia by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments).
They focus on rearranging Cypriot traditional songs adding their own particular color to the sound and feeling of the songs. They also compose their own songs in the Cypriot dialect, which are inspired by contemporary Cypriot society, as for example the recent financial crisis that hit the island and the corrupted political system.
Even though their musical education was mainly oriented towards Western musical paths, neither of them has ever ignored the simplicity, the beauty and the unique melodies of their land’s traditional music. It is this uniqueness that Monsieur Doumani has focused upon, enriching traditional songs with new arrangements, melodies, rhythms and sounds and crafting a style distinctively their own. The traditional element is highlighted through the diversity of musical styles echoed in the group’s fresh and daring approach to Cypriot folklore.
In March 2015 Monsieur Doumani released their second full-length album, ‘Sikoses’, which was nominated for the prestigious ’Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2015‘. The album consists mainly of their own compositions, inspired by tradition, but reflecting on contemporary Cypriot society. Sikoses was awarded ‘Top of the World” in Songlines magazine issue #108 and received outstanding reviews from other media internationally. Sikoses also reached No.1 in World Music Network's June 2015 chart and No.1 in the November 2015 Transglobal World Music Chart.