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