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.


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