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.
♫ 1982 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).
Clip: 1983 Bosadi - Patrick Djecky & N'Kumbe
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.
♫ 1984 Eyala mbale
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.