vrijdag 30 december 2011


With his career as bass player, singer, songwriter and producer Emile Kangue has become a part of the cultural heritage of Cameroon. Eldest in a family of twelve children Kangue was born in Edea. He started singing in a church choir. His next musical step was to join the school band The Black Banner. After he had left Edea to live in Douala he joined Epee Mbende Richard's (aka Epee d'Or) orchestra UVOCOT Jazz. Meanwhile he created a group in the Mount Cameroon Bar in Bali with Nkotti Augustine ans a few musicians of Mouelle Guillaume's orchestra. This group was called Les Corniches and stayed together for two years. After Les Corniches he joined the group Black Styl, the house band of the Davoum Bar in the Bonakouamouang district of Douala.
♫ Audio 1976: Emile Kangue, Nkotti Francois Et Les Black Styl – Na Mabolea Nde Ne

As bass player and singer beside founder of the group Nkotti Francois het toured in France for three months in 1979. Back from this tour Emile Kangue left Black Styl after a disagreement with some of the other band members.

Together with Penda Dalle he created a new band La Muzette du Mont Manengoumba and recorded his first big hit album Dikom lam la moto 'My very dear friend' in Douala language), which has sold more then 50.000 copies. The album was released on Jules Wonga's record label Africa Oumba and earned him a gold record.
♫ Videoclip 1980: Emile Kangue – Dikom Lam La Moto

During the eighties Emile Kangue released several more albums such as Tube nie bobe (1983), Sele dutea (1984) and Douala infos in 1988. He also reunited with former Black Styl members Nkotti Francois and Toto Guillaume. In the late eigties they renewed Black Styl with some new members like female singer Nadia Ewande, in an attempt to bring new life in this legendary band.
♫ Videoclip 1988: Emile Kangue – Douala Info

In 1997 Emile Kangue was touring in the US, when a tour operater suggested him to stay in the Stares to make a new start. He took the challenge to start from scratch. His first job was packing sales flyers. Later he became sales associate at an Office Max and after that he became supervisor of the electronic department. After five years he moved to Dollar General, where he became an assistant regional manager.

After the first difficult years in his new country Emile Kangue found time again some new albums. In 2003 he founded his own record company OTH K. Production Sophia (Sohia is the name of his daughter). With this label he produced 'a best of' album in 2003, followed by We nde champion (2004) and Village Amatongue (2005).
♫ Videoclip 2005: Emile Kangue – Village Amatongue

Today Emile Kangue still performs for the Cameroon community in the US. On the 4th of march 2011 he was back in Cameroon for a big concert with his old Black Styl friends and others, such as Manu Dibango and Andre Marie Tala, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nkotti Francois musical career. In 2012, he recorded the song Ekon with the US based musician Goddy Shake, who unfortunately died in 2014.  In 2016 Emile Kangue celebrated his 50th anniversary as an artist with the release of the album Massa chop chop.
♫ Videoclip 2012: Goddy Shake ft. Emile Kangue – Ekon
♫ Video 2015: Emile Kangue Live In Montreal
♫ Audio 2016: Emile Kangue – Na Ma Bolea Nde Ne


zaterdag 5 november 2011

T.J.R. Label

Bassplayer, arranger and producer Aladji Toure is, together with guitar wizard Toto Guillaume, one of the most influential men behind the "New Wave Makossa" of the last three decades. Since 1982 Toure has released over 300 albums on his T.J.R. label. His cataloque contains mainly Makossa albums, supplemented with some Bikutsi, Bend Skin and Congolese artists such as Nguma Lokito and Yondo Syster. He brougt many Makossa singers to fame such as Moni Bile, Guy Lobe, Charlotte Mbango and more recently Joly Priso and Eriko. The following record covers are from the first ten albums of his huge cataloque.

woensdag 6 juli 2011

Africa Oumba (AOLP series) by Jules Patrick Wonga 1980 - 1984

Between 1980 and 1984 Jules Patrick Wonga released a small series LP's on his Africa Oumba (AOLP) record label. The series contains mainly Makossa albums, supplemented with some Bikutsi and Cameroon Soukous albums. Looking back can be concluded that the series contains many albums that became 'classics'.
The series starts with Dikom lam la moto, the fantastic LP that Emile Kangue made after he left The Black Styl's to start a solo career. Also Penda Dalle's first album Yadi, Axel Mouna's Juventus and Ndedi Dibango's Epapala are a part of these series. As far as I know was Jean Paul Mondo's Sona Papa, the final LP that came out in these series.
Unfortunately I am not in the possession of the serial numbers AOLP 002, 007 and 018. Additional information about these three LP's is therefore welcome.