zaterdag 28 januari 2012

Dora Decca - Belalo 2012

BELALO - 2011

    2011 - Engang'a mbombo


Clip:    2007 - Ewombe


After Aphrodite (2002) and Dor'Attitude (2007), Dora Decca has released her third album Belalo (Three in Douala language). Belalo is the storey of a journey. A journey that can be summarized in three steps. A course in which "soul, heart and mind" are a magic trio. The album contains nine new tracks and a remix and was released in december 2011 in Cameroon. Belalo is a mixture of styles. Between Makossa, Essewe, Ambass- Bey, Dora Decca opens a window to Zouklove and R&B. The album also contains a strong Bikutsi song Laisse-le moi, on which she shares her voice with the popular female Bikutsi singer Lady Ponce.

    2011 - Dora Decca & Lady Ponce - Laisse le moi

The artists also mixes her smooth voice to that of her brother Ben Decca in Mulatako. Accompanies by her sister Grace Decca, she offers a prayer in the song Kane. The instruments blend well with the text and the merger of the two voice is nice. With Jacky Kingue in Tawe she closes the chapter collaborations to decry the mental poverty of men. With the help of Jacky Kingue, David Tayorault and Sam Fan Thomas, who took care of the arrangements, the youngest Decca expresses her maturity with this fine record.

$ Belalo is for sale at:    Antilles - Mizik  & on eMusic

Link to Dora Decca's web site:

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:

    Orogod - Sam Fan Thomas & Black Santiago

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.

     Si tcha

Clip:    Noa
Makassi plus was followed in 1988 by the also successful Makassi again that was distributed international by the Celluloid record label.

Clip:    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 Nairobi (2007), the US (2009) and Abidjan (2010)

dinsdag 10 januari 2012

Nguime Manulo

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.