donderdag 26 augustus 2010

Sam Batcho - Na tondi nia

Sam Batcho


















After Sam Fan Thomas had scored an enourmous hit with 'African typic collection', Sam Batcho toured all over the world as drummer in Sam Fan Thomas's band. In 1985 Thomas helped Sam Batcho record his first solo album. The album 'More Makassi dates from 1988.



















During the nineties Batcho released several albums, including 'Ndol'asu' in 1995.

vrijdag 20 augustus 2010

Mangambeu Special



































No Makossa this time. Today it's time for Mangambeu. Mangambeu is a dance inspired by Bamiléké folklore. It is Pierre Didy Tchakounte who modernised the dance and made it popular. In this Mangambeu special I present you 3 tracks.

We start with a part of 'Nya thadee' by Namy Jean de Boulon a traditional Mangabeu song. The song itself is about 45 minutes long, so I hope you will understand that I didn't post the whole record.
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. The following track is 'Ou c'est lui ou c'est moi' by Pierre Didy Tchakounte.
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The last track is 'Mentia' by Gapitcha, an artist who had some success in the mid-eighties with his own style of Mangambeu.
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Clip of a concert by Pierre Didy Tchakounte from 2003
Pierre Didy Tchakounte live

donderdag 19 augustus 2010

Sam Mbende - Mauvais chasseur 1987

Sam Mbende


















Today, two songs from an album by Sam Mbende, the President of the Cameroon Music Association himself !!!

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dinsdag 17 augustus 2010

GRACE DECCA

Besoin d'amour - Grace Decca


















Grace Decca is the sixth in a family with 11 children. She was introduced to music by her senior brother , the singer Ben Decca. Under his guidance she began in 1984 to act as a backup singer. In 1989 she released her first solo album 'Besoin d'amour'. The album was a huge success in Cameroon.
She finally came to fame in 2003 with her second album 'Doi la mulema'. Today Grace Decca is one of the most celebrated female singers of Cameroon.
   



























































































































Videoclip: Grace Decca live in The Bataclan Paris

maandag 16 augustus 2010

Les Veterans - Massik abang 1988


















In the study 'A history of Bikutsi music in Cameroon' by Hortense and Charles Fuller, the following is written about Les Veterans:

(In the mid-eighties) the group Les 'Veterans' were to become one of the biggest new stars on the Bikutsi-scene, combining a cool, almost easy- listening, to rumba influenced guitars and brass. Their series of recordings received considerable attention and Les Veterans became one of Bikutsi's all time best known orchestras.

For those who are interested in reading the whole article: 
http://www.africasounds.com/history_of_bikutsi.htm

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zondag 15 augustus 2010

Axel Mouna - Juventus 1981


















In every style of music you have artists that have one big hit and that's it. In the Makossa history Axel Mouna is one of those. In the early eighties he recorded two albums for the 'Africa Oumba' label, 'Take' and 'Juventus'. The first one is a record you forget immediately after you have listened to it. The second one contains five, very good makossa tunes and the outstanding title track Juventus.

As I was told the song tells about a football team, not the one from Turin, but from Douala. Juventus is not the most exciting dance song. It's more a song that evokes feelings of nostalgia, even with me though I don't understand the lyrics.

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In any case, in those days it was a big hit and today Juventus is a real classic among Makossa fans. I don't know what has become of Axel Mouna. In the early nineties he made another record 'Time ni time', but then I never heard from him.

videoclip:    'Juventus' by Charlotte Dipanda & Henry Njoh, live in Palais des Sports Yaoundé

donderdag 12 augustus 2010

Andre Marie Tala - Bend Skin Beats
















Retro Afric released a wonderful compilation with 12 songs from the 'King of Tchamassi & Bend Skin', covering the period from 1972 to 1998. You can order it at Sterns:
$   http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info.php?id=RETRO23CD

The following track  'Binam' is taken from his 'Soul Tchamassi' LP:
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The video clips that accompany Tala's songs, are among the most entertaing and tasteful that I know from African. See for yourself:
clip: Piego Hela

woensdag 11 augustus 2010

BEBEY BLACK


















Bebey Black's  carreer was promising but ended abruptly when he died unexpectedly. He made four LP's in the first half of the eighties. Two of his songs are still very popular in Cameroon: ' Aimez, aimez' and 'Desir, plaisir, souffrir'.


















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Below his two other LP's:








































maandag 9 augustus 2010

Jean Bikoko Aladin 1939 - 2010

Jean Bikoko Aladin

















I just found out that JEAN BIKOKO ALADIN, THE KING OF ASSIKO  has passed away on the 22th July 2010. The following text about the man is from the booklet of the record box " Fleurs musicales du Cameroun'(1983).





























The first track is  from the same record box 'Fleurs musicales du Cameroun. The second one is from a mid-eighties album.

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ABOUT ASSIKO
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Assiko is a popular dance from the South of Cameroon. Originally based in the Bassa country, this rhythmed dance takes its name from two words: ISI, changed into ASSI, which means earth or ground; and KOO meaning foot. The Assiko is danced dressed in a simple T-shirt and a full skirt with a pronounced, billowing waistline that emphasizes hip movement.

The choregraphies of Assiko use several lop-sided walks, successive small close walks that the dancers make at different heights, standing up or crouching, which makes you feel they float on the stage. There are also demonstrations of sense of balance, contortions and physical strength calling to the exhilalaration of dance or trance.

The Assiko is also a musical style. The band is usually based on a singer accompanied with a guitar, and a percussionnist playing the pulsating rhythm of Assiko with metal knives and forks on an empty bottle. Double bass, drums and some brass can complete this base.


The following videos show Jean Bikoko Aladin Bikoko in  full action and gives a good impression of Assiko dancing as well. May his soul rest in peace.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKfrZFSpCPU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhE4ULqdZnQ

donderdag 5 augustus 2010

Jean Claude Mbimbe


When I have to introduce Makossa to someone who does not know anything about this music, I often choose for a song of Jean Claude Mbimbe. His musical output is limited and he certainly doesn't belong to the most famous and popular Makossa artists, but to me his songs and arrangements have everything that good, classic makossa needs.

The man released 3 albums in the mid-eighties and it took ten years until he made another record in 1995. As far as I know that was his last album up till now, but last summer he announced that he will soon release a new album. I'm looking forward to it.


DISCOGRAPHY



dinsdag 3 augustus 2010

Ndedi Eyango


 
Ndedi Eyango (aka Prince Eyango) emerged from the Cameroon music scene in the late '80s to become one of the country’s most popular singers and guitar players. Born in Nkongsamba, Eyango's talents were recognized at the age of seven when he began singing in the church where his father was a pastor. In addition to singing he learned to play  guitar and by 1982 Prince Eyango and his group, Les Montagnards d'Afrique (the Mountain Dwellers of Africa), were performing nationwide.

A move to Paris netted him a recording contract and access to state-of-the-art studios, which led to the creation of his biggest hit, You must calculate in 1987, when Prince Eyango was named Best Artist of the Year, Cameroon's highest musical honor, awarded by the Minister of Culture. By 1991 he had achieved a Number One music rating on the powerful, transcontinental Africa No. 1 Radio.


In 1993 Eyango moved to United States where he started his own music company, Preya Music. During the 90’s he became the promotor and producer of several new, upcoming artists such as Longue longue,Jacky Kingue,Tanus Foe,Marcel Bwanga,Ndema System and Papa Zoe. Eyango has toured in Africa, Europe and North America.

He was nominated in 2000 for the Los Angeles Weekly Music Award in the World Music category, and was also called upon by respected pop music producer Don Was to record a track for Bette Midler’s album, Bette, where his impeccable guitar lines add a distinctive flavor to the song Moses. In addition to performing extensively in Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada, in 2005 Eyango increased his geographic scope to Asia where he was invited to perform as the headline artist at New Delhi, India’s Samath Festival and in China, for the Shanghai May festival.




In 2009,Prince Eyango returned to Cameroon  to expand his career as a musician and producer, and to promote the vibrant culture and musical talent in his country of birth. Since his return his involvement in social issues is also reflected in several productions in which he draws attention for problems such as maternal mortality, the living conditions of war refugees and child labor. His 2012 album Apelle Moi  brought him a nominated for best male artist of the year; this nomination came to fruition on the Cameroon's Music Award night when Cameroon's Minister of culture announced the 2013 winner: Prince Ndedi Eyango.



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