donderdag 23 december 2010

Eboa Lottin


Eboa Lottin Emmanuel ( 06-08-1942 / 06-10-1997) is one of legends and founding fathers of modern makossa. See for his biography and music on CD:  website Eboa Lottin       

Mulema man is the first song that Eboa Lottin recorded in 1962 for Philips. The song tells us the story of a young couple where the husband has granted full independence  and freedom to his wife because he is not able to fulfill  and satisfy her inordinate ambitions.



The following song Munyenge ma ngando is from 1968 and describes the taste of a victory after a hard battle.


This song is also a tribute to the  football club Caiman Akwa Club de Douala. You can find more information about the Caiman's at: PeupleSawa - Caiman Akwa Club de Douala

CAIMAN CLUB DE DOUALA around 1968 with international MBETTE ISAAC on the white shoes.

zondag 12 december 2010

Geo W. Masso - A muto - 1981

1981 A MUTO TN 586

Masso Mpessa Geoffrey William is born on the 4th of August 1951 and hails from Bonaberi - Douala. He started the eighties with the hit single A muto (1981) and scored again at the end of the eighties with the song Lolita (1989) from the LP with the same title.

The subtitle of the Lolita album, "The greatest come back" is may be an explanation for the fact that I could not find other LP's from Geo Masso from the eighties. The success album Lolita was followed by Bolu bwasu (1991). After this album Masso's fans had to wait again until the end of the decade for his next CD Force (1999) with the hit song Nen lambo. After this CD Geo Masso had a productive period with the CD's Titanic (2001) and Force 3 (2002). As far as I know he has not made any new CD since "Force 3".




donderdag 9 december 2010

Stephan Eboumbou - the "Pete Best" of the Black Styl's


Pete Best was the first drummer of The Beatles. He joined the band in 1959 but in 1962 - just before the band became successful - he was replaced by Ringo Starr. Something simular happened with Eboumbou, the first bass player and singer of the band that rose to fame under the name Black Styl.
In 1972 Nkotti Francois started to work as singer for Toto Ekane Felix, the director of the Davoum Bar in Douala. Soon after the young guitarists Mouelle Jean and Toto Guillaume were also recruted to play in the Davoum Bar. In an interview with Celistin Edjangue, Nkotti Francois told the story that after some time the original bass player / singer of the bar's house band was replaced by Emile Kangue. This person was Stephan Eboumbou.

We know what happened to Pete Best after he was forced to leave The Beatles. He tried several times with little success to create other bands. Later Best earned several million when the Beatles Antology was published including old recordings on which Pete Best took care of the drums.


Lesser known is what happened with Stephane Eboumbou. I discovered that he recorded at least one 45 rpm single for the french Sonafric label. This single dates from around 1976.
SAF 1832  Stephan Eboumbou - Pardonnez, pardonnez moi
In the same period he contributed also two songs (Lolakise & Ndolo ne ndima na ndoki) to the LP En passant par le Cameroun: Cameroun Partout Vol. 2 on the Disques Cousin label.


dinsdag 30 november 2010

Sam Mangwana goes Makossa !!! - Eding epose


During the late Eighties and early Nineties, Toto Guillaume produced some albums under the name of Africa Wonderful . One of the better known albums in this series is Féfé Bekombo accompagné par Africa Wonderful".  Less well known is that Toto Guillaume also produced an Africa Wonderful album in cooperation with Sam Mangwana. On this album from 1991 the master crooner of Congolese Rumba covers some Makossa classics in the Douala language!

The album contains six tracks arranged by Toto Guillaume for an all-out group of Cameroonian musicians. It was supposed to be Sam's follow up to his successful album Alladji, but  the album entitled Duta longo failed to have an impact on the international market. Probably because it was released in the old LP (vinyl) format.

The following two tracks, Eding epose and Makom ma ndolo are composed by two former members of the legendary group Los Calvinos. In the early Seventies Edouard Ebonge was the drummer and Manfred Nyamsi was the bass player of Los Calvinos.

Listen first to the original by Ebongue Edouard backed by Los Calvinos and enjoy then Sam Mangwana going Makossa.....!

1976    EBONGUE EDOUARD  -  SAF    1823




vrijdag 19 november 2010

Moni Bile - Affection 1988


In "The Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music" published in 1988, Ronnie Graham writes the following words about Moni Bile: (...) Moni Bile is today the most popular Makossa singer in both Cameroon and Paris. With five LP's released to date (in 1986 MO), he has established a reputation for sophisticated production, incessant dance rhythms and sweet vocals. He makes use of only the very best session men and has replaced Sam Fan Thomas as the dance ploor sound (...)

A few years later in 1991, Graeme Ewens continues in his book "Africa O-Ye, a celebration of African music" (...) During the Eighties Paris became the recording capital of Africa, with a roster of artists lining up to release albums. Some of the biggest hits were scored by Moni Bile. Bile delivers his Douala lyrics in a mellow growl, and he almost sings without pause, the voice blending with the music rather then standing out in front. During the Eighties his records outsold those of the other new-look Makossa artists. Since taking up music professionally in 1981 at the age of 24, Moni Bile has been on the forefront of hi-tech Makossa. His album Bijou was the most influential, leading to the first populair boom (of new-wave Makossa, MO) and opening the way for Sam Fan Thomas, Elvis kemayo, Lapiro de Mbanga, Guy Lobe and others (...)

These quotes say enough about the role that Moni Bile played in the booming  Makossa scene of the Eighties. And unlike many other Makossa singers from this decade he has managed to remain in the forefront in the next decades. Since 1990 he has released at least seven new CD's. Every few years he also releases compilations of his older work. This way he keeps his music always available for his fans all over the world.

On the occasion of his 30th anniversary as a singer a box set of seven CD's was released in 2009, containing his complete cataloque. This box can be ordered on Moni Bile's own website for only € 55,--.

 $: L 'intégrale 30 Ans en 7 CD

This website also contains his discography, several facts about his career pictures and some articles.
To bring you in the mood, here follows one of my personal Moni Bile favorites:


vrijdag 12 november 2010


 1982    ROUE DE SECOURS     SMLP 8205

Marcel Tjahe was born on March 23, 1952 in Yabassi, a small town northeast of Douala. Around 1980 he moves to Paris where he records his first album in 1982. This LP entitled Roue de secours is followed by Misso ma Juliette in 1983, Mon mari n'est pas serieux in 1984, Afric ambiance in 1986 and finally Free Mandela in 1987. Then it becomes silent around Marcel Tjahe. After 1987 he released only one album Makossa on the rocks in 1996.



1983    MISSO MA JULIETTE    AT 063


1986    AFRIC AMBIANCE    GME  005

1987     FREE MANDELA     GME 007


vrijdag 5 november 2010

Manfred Ebanda - Mot'a wayo 1983


MANFRED EBANDA   1935 - 2003
Along with Mouelle Guillaume, Epee Mbende and Nelle Eyoum, Manfred Ebanda is one of the pioneers of Makossa. He is best known for Amio, a song he wrote at the age of 24 years, about his love for Amie Brigitte Essomba and that swept the world twenty years later in the version by Bebe Manga.

This time no attention for Amio, but for an LP from 1983. During this period he worked together with VillaVienne. She was his wife untill 1978, but after their divorce they kept performing together on stage.

♫   Mot'a wayo

♫   Osi wasa

As the case with many other pioneers of Makossa, little is known about the discography of Manfred Ebanda. During his career he made several singles and LP's. Beside this album I only know of the existence of an album from 1989 that he made together with VillaVienne.

Additional information about his discography is always welcome! For the many Amio-fans: here are a few links to different versions of this song.

Clip:   Amio - Naima
Clip:   Amio - Manu Dibango feat. Papa Wemba & Angelique Kidjo

zaterdag 30 oktober 2010

JR.Nelson - Nyan'am 1985

1985  JR.NELSON - NYAN'AM  TN 590

In 1985 JR.Nelson scored in Cameroon with the record "Nyan'am". The album released on Toto Guillaume's record label was followed by the also successful albums "Ba iyo" in 1986 and "Dia" in 1987. The following years it became silent around JR.Nelson until 1998 when he came with the CD "Wuba dibola". Although JR.Nelson did not make any other CD since then, he is still active as singer as you can see below.


vrijdag 15 oktober 2010

Ekwe Silo - Na si monga 1989

 1989 EKWE SILO  - NA MA KOSSA   ES 2002 

After Fabian from  Africolombia's Blog posted the album "Munjamé bobé" on his blog  Link  Africolombia - Ekwe Silo   I promised him to post some tracks from another Ekwe Silo record on my blog.  Ekwe Silo started his musical career as a guitarist. During the late eighties he was successful with some solo records.  The following tracks are from  "Na ma kossa" an lp that was released in 1989.



donderdag 7 oktober 2010


1987    KONKAI MAKOSSA    AT 075

Charlotte Mbango who passed away last year at the age of 49, was one of the most beloved singers of Cameroon.

Born in an artistic family (she's actually Eboa Lotin's granddaughter), Charlotte starts singing as soprano in a church choir at the age of nine . Four years later she starts her own gospel group. In 1979 she leaves Cameroun to continue her studies in Paris. In the early eighties Charlotte becomes part of the Parisian music scene and takes care of the backing vocals in numerous Afro-Antillean record sessions.

Her solo career kicks off in 1986 with the release of her first album, "Nostalgie". A very successful debut that paves the way for her second album "Konkai Makossa" in 1987. This record becomes a worldwide success rewarded by a Golden Record.

Charlotte continues in the same spirit with the albums "Maloko" (1991) and "Malea" (1996). Also in 1996 she sings a great duet "Sengato", with the late Tom Yom's and contributes with the song "Mumi" to the Syllart production "Sans Papiers Acte II". In 1998 she goes back to her musical "roots" with "Combines Religieuses", a CD with religious music.

In 2002, Charlotte starts the new millenium with the release of "Essuw'am" (Mon Combat), followed in 2003 by a "Best Of". In between she travelled all over the world to share her music on stage with her fans.

Her huge talent has been largely acknowledged and rewarded by numerous honours such as the Honorary TAMANI she got in Bamako, Mali in 2003.Her musical gift has allowed her to collaborate with established names as Manu Dibango and Paul Simon. In 2006 she released another religious record, the double-cd "Cantiques". It was her last one.

Clip: Konkai Makossa 1987



1986   NOSTALGIE   AT 072

1991 VOL. 3 MALOKO   CD 54681

1996   MASOMA   CP 1295

1996   TOM YOM'S & LE FORUM     TY 002


2002  ESSUW'AM   MB1604


1 Konkai makossa/ 2 Dikom lam la moto/
3 Sengato/ 4 Bito/ 5 Makossa non stop/
6 Mumi/ 7 Adou/ 8 Maloko/ 9 Douala serenade/
10 Na so a nde/ 11 Moutonde bato/
12 Malea/ 13 Sengane/

zaterdag 2 oktober 2010

Michel Kingue - Ndok'a mun'asu 1973

MICHEL KINGUE Author / Composer / Musician
(1933 - 2007)

Born in 1933 in Douala, Michel Kingue's musical career started in the fifties. After a stay in Libreville - Gabon, Kingue tried his luck in Europe, where he was one of the first who introduced Makossa to a Western public. In 1973 Michel Kingue recorded "Ndok'a mun'asu".



Michel Kingue's discography has a musical range from Makossa, Salsa, Congolese Rumba and various caribbean rhythms.  Michel Kingue worked with artists such as: Eitel Tobo, Michel Eko, Manu Dibango and many others. Michel Kingue died in Paris on 1 June 2007. Read more about him on: Michel Kingue on Myspace

woensdag 29 september 2010

PIERRE DE MOUSSY 1953 - 2018

  1981 Jomba jomba

With 8 albums in 11 years on his credit, Pierre de Moussy was one of the most productive and successful Makossa singers of the 80s. Born in 1953 in Ndogkoko-Yabassi he started to make music with school concerts together with his lifetime friend Aladji Toure. They played together on Sundays in the so called 'Matinees des Jeunes'. When he grew older he started to play in Cabarets and bars until 1975 when he left for France. He returned several times to Douala on vacation and during those hollidays he continued to perform in the cabarets and bars of Douala. In those days he also recorded his first 45 rpm single entitled Mbengue nye bobe for which Aladji Toure took care of the arrangements.
In 1981 his career really took of with the release of his first LP Ka Lonka on the Africa Oumba label. But he really hit the top of the charts in 1984 with the title track of the album Ndolo L'Amour. The main themes of his songs were, love, sorrow, euphoria, hope and social issues like gossiping such as in the song Radio Trottoir.

During the 90s he disappeared from radar until 1998 when he came back with his first CD Zero Amour on the JPS label. It turned out to be a one-off come back. After he settled in Switzerland he led an unremarkable existence in his new residence in Geneva. On January 26, 2018 he died in Geneva of the consequences of a traffic accident. He was finally laid to rest at the 'Bois des singes' cemetery in Douala on Saterday March 17th. He was made knight in the Order of Value posthumously by the Minister of Arts and Culture during a requim mass in Douala. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi said Pierre de Moussy "was a musical icon and one of the flag bearers of Makossa in the 80s whose popularity went beyond  the national boundaries. Pierre de Moussy is dead but lives on through his works".