Marie-Gabrielle Koumenda

Marie-Gabrielle is a French-Cameroonian singer-songwriter performing under the artist name Djana Gabrielle. 

Before setting out on her musical journey, she studied International Humanitarian Law and specialised in Children’s rights. She subsequently worked for various Children’s rights charities in the UK and abroad (Peru, Cambodia and France) and gained a lot of experience working with and for young people. 

A few years back she decided to shift her focus to music and since then has been honing her craft on the French and Scottish music scene. A 2019 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Stage Winner, and one of the “most note-worthy performances” at the 2019 Kintyre Songwriters' Festival, she hopes to keep on introducing her soulful, soothing and melodious sound to new audiences in Scotland and beyond in the years to come. 

Lately, she has also been combining her love for music and theatre, and has been commissioned to develop work with the Young Musicians at Lyra to create a narrative gig for their 2022 Bright & Wild Festival. 

Down the line, she wishes to produce more theatre and musical work with children at the centre of the creative process.