|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
1996 SANS PAPIERS - ACTE II SYLAF 96018
|2002 ESSUW'AM MB1604|
|2002 BEST OF CHARLOTTE MBANGO|
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/