zaterdag 28 januari 2012

Dora Decca

Born April 11 at the Soppo Priso clinic in Douala, Dora Decca comes from a family of 11 children. Following her primary studies, she entered the College of Technical Industrial and Commercial Education (CETIC) Bassa in Douala where she studied electrical and electronics. After obtaining her CAP, she flies to France to continue her studies and gets her Bachelor's degree.
Ben Decca, Grace Decca & Dora Decca                                           
Born into a family of musicians, Dora Decca began to sing passionately from an early age, under the guidance of her older brother Ben Decca and Toto Guillaume. She performs some choirs with renowned musicians of Cameroonian music such as JR. Nelson, Moni Bile ... His first duet is with Ben Decca in the album Ndol'am.

In 2002, she released her first album entitled Aphrodite under the label JPS Production6. Five years later in February 2007, she released the second album Dor'Attitude produced by Dm2 Prod.

In 2011, the third Belalo album is released under MD2E Prod. Belalo is an album of nine titles in which we find collaborations with Lady Ponce, her brother Ben Decca, her older sister Grace Decca and Jacky Kingue. For the realization, she calls on Sam Fan Thomas and the arranger Bertrand Ebah.

In 2017 she released the catchy (mp3 single)  Il est la. Dora Decca has been married since the year 2000 and has three boys. She lives in France with her family.

vrijdag 13 januari 2012



Sam Fan Thomas is born in 1952 and hails from Bafoussam, the capital of the West Province of Cameroon. The city is also the cultural and economical centre of the Bamilike people. He started his musical career in 1968 when he joined The Black Tigers led by Andre Marie Tala. He stayed with Tala for the next eight years, recording several singles. The band also recorded in Paris and toured Senegal and other African countries. It was during this period that Tala developed his Tchamassi rhythm, a modern music style based on Bamilike folklore.

Then in 1976, Sam left to persue a solo career recording his first solo LP Funky New Bell, in Benin on the Satel label. This record was post earlier on:

A second LP, also on the Satel label followed in 1977. On this album Sam was supported by the Black Santiagos from Benin. It was his third release recorded in 1982 in Nigeria, with the hit song Rikiatou, which finally established his reputation in Cameroon.

In 1983 Sam Fan Thomas travelled to Paris to record the album Makassi. Makassi is the name of Sam's own music style, a type of uptempo Makossa with blended with a touch of Andre Marie Tala's Tchamassi and other Bamilike influences.
The album contained the hit song African Typic Collection. This song builded around the melody of the classic Franco song Boma l'heure became a massive international dance floor hit, with amazing sales all over Africa, France and the West Indies where it was also released as a 12 inch single.
Makassi brought Sam a Golden Disc in 1984 and was followed by his fifth album Neng Makassi  in 1985. The album retained the sophisticated production of Makassi, without reaching the heights of his greatest hit. In 1986 he came with two albums, Funk Makassi and Makassi plus of which the last one became a big hit. Together with African Typic Collection, two tracks of the Makassi plus album were released in 1987 on a compilation by the British Earthworks record label.

Makassi plus was followed in 1988 by the also successful Makassi again that was distributed international by the Celluloid record label.
♫ Video Clip: 1988 – Sam Fan Thomas – Zimo (Mandela)
As a result of his successful recordings Sam also toured intensively with his band MBC (Makassi Band Corporation) in West and East Africa, Europe and the America's, to play his hit songs live for his many fans all over the world.
From the early 90's Sam Fan Thomas changed his focus from recording his own material, to promotion and guiding of new talented Cameroonian singers and musicians. He gathered a bunch of talented musicians - among who the late Kotto Bass, Ebelle Jeannot, K.Godefroy, Fabo Claude, Guy Bilong and Tala Jeannot - in his own Makassi Plus Studio in Douala and released a string of records from various artists during the 90's.

Since the early 90's Sam Fan Thomas released new material on CD in 1993 Emotion and in 1999 No satisfaction. non of these CD's brought him the success of his earlier work. Nevertheless he is internationally seen, still one of the most well known and popular musicians from Cameroon.
In recent years he has given successfull shows in Montreal (2015), Paris (2015 & 2016) and Nairobi (2016). In 2016 he also surprised his fans with his first new recording of this millenium, the single "Che Gwon Laa".


dinsdag 10 januari 2012


Born in Dibombari a town north of Douala, Nguime Manulo was discovered in the late 1970s by Salle John, who revived Ambass-Bey during the 1970s. Ambass-Bey originated among the Yabassi people and grew popular in Douala after World War II. Through the 1950s and 1960s, the style evolved in the Cameroonian Littoral. In the mid-1960s, Eboa Lotin performed a style of Ambass-Bey on harmonica and guitar that was the earliest form of Makossa, a style that quickly came to overshadow its predecessor.It is in the ranks of Salle John's band Johnco that the young Manulo continues to develop his skills on rhythm and solo guitar.

Manulo (L) with Salle John(M) in the late 1970s 

In 1982 Manulo left Johnco and recorded his first solo record, the 12 inch single Dibumbe. With this record Manulo created a fruitfull fusion between Ambass-Bey and Makossa.
♫ Audio: 1982 Manulo Nguime – Dibumbe

Together with two other former Johnco members - drummer Ngoloko Zachee and singer Patrick Djecky - Manulo formed the group N'Kumbe. In 1983 the group recorded one LP with the help form bass guitarist Ekima Edouard (Kolor).

 Videoclip:  1983 Patrick Djecky & N'Kumbe - Bosadi    
In 1984 Manulo recorded his first solo LP Longue le nde bila. He has now refined his own up tempo blend of Ambass-Bey-Makossa with a prominent role for the rhythm guitar. His name as guitarist rose quick to fame and he became the playmaker (Maitre a jouer) behind the success of fellow artists such as Djene Djento who scored with Debroussailler and Jean Paul Mondo with Sona Papa.
♫ Videoclip: 1988 Manulo Nguime – Fundament  
As solo artist Manulo scored his biggest hit in 1988 with the album Fundament. During the following five years he made three more albums whcih did very well: Bombe H (1989), Bombe V (1992) and Ese ndutu in 1993. After Ese ndutu his output became more irregular with albums in 1998 Bombe 6 and his most recent in 2007 Bombe X.
♫ Videoclip: 1998 Manulo – Bombe 6
♫ Audio: 2007 Manulo – Bombe X
♫ Live: 2014 Manulo Nguime Live à Charleroi