His musical career started with two 45 rpm singles, recorded with the famous 'Black Styl' at the end of the 1970's. The following years JPM (Rhythm Guitar & Vocals) formed the band Les Jokers, together with Jacques Ebey (Solo guitar & Vocals), Raphael Biana (Vocals) and Samuel Tchomagni a.k.a. Sam Batcho (Drums & Vocals). With Les Jokers he recorded at least one 45 rpm single Eleke / Muma mbamba and one LP.
In the 1980's he made his nam as a solo artist with half a dozen records, including Sona Papa, Sengwesse and Dieudonne a tout donne. Jean Paul Mondo's Makossa is distinguished by a very rhythmic sound and (his) excellent (rhythm) guitar playing.
After a decade in the limelight, Jean Paul Mondo disappeared from the main stage. Acoording to his former producer Isodore Tamwo, it was because of piracy that JPM's record output stopped after the 1980's. But he remained active as musician. The last years of his life he played with his Sengwesse Band in local bars. At the time of his death he worked virtually incognito in a tavern in 'the village' on the outskirts of Douala. Jean Paul Mondo died at the age of 51 on the 29th of June 2004.
197? JP Mondo & Les Black-Styls
A Ewekedi / B Labo
197? Eleke / Muma mbamba - SOH 003
197? Volume 1 - EDS 60010
1984 Sona Papa - AOLP 019
1985 Sengwese - TAM 12
1986 Zangana - TAM 19
|1987 Sapeur pompier - TAMWO 26|
1988 Dieudonne a tout donne - MAGA 001