Best known for their Top Five smash hit "Tout le Bonheur du Monde" in 2005, Sinsemilia is a French reggae band that released a series of popular albums around the turn of the century.
Founded in 1990 in Grenoble, France, the group was originally comprised of Riké (vocals, guitar), Mike (vocals, guitar), Moussaya (guitar), Natty (bass), Ivan (percussion), Roukin (percussion), Fabin (trumpet), Loucos (tenor saxophone), Carine (alto saxophone), Zazz (keyboard), and Chid (sound effects). Sinsemilia made their full-length debut in 1995 with the independently released album Première Récolte, which would be reissued years later with bonus material. Upon signing a major-label recording contract with the Sony subsidiary Double T Music, the band released its second album, Résistances (1998). Featuring the single "La Mauvaise Réputation" (a Georges Brassens cover), Résistances debuted at number 40 on the French albums chart. The band's third album, Tout C'qu'on a... (2000), was even more successful, reaching the Top Five of the albums chart, and in the wake of its success, a live album, Sinsé Part en Live (2002), was released. The band's fourth album, Debout les Yeux Ouverts (2004), didn't chart as highly, reaching only number seven, yet in other ways it was more successful, charting for 80 weeks overall and spawning the smash hit "Tout le Bonheur du Monde," far and away Sinsemilia's most popular single to date. Five years passed before the band's next album, En Quête de Sens... (2009), which reached the Top 20 of the albums chart. In addition to their recording output as a group, the bandmembers of Sinsemilia pursued a range of side projects. Most notably, vocalist Riké released a series of solo albums on Warner Music France including Air Frais (2003) and Vivons! (2007), the latter of which features the minor hit single "Oublie Moi." ~ Jason Birchmeier