Showing posts with label Bikutsi. Show all posts
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cameroon Fever Vol. 1




Ken Abrams does it again with Cameroon Fever Vol. 1, a tasty collection of tracks from that country, mostly from the golden '80s, when Makossa, Makassy, Tchamassi and Bikutsi ruled.

A few notes about some of the artists here: Besides being a prolific artist in his own right, Isidore Tamwo in the '80s was the producer of Sam Fan Thomas, who achieved world fame with his smash "African Typic Collection," among others. Andre-Marie Tala popularized the Tchamassi rhythm and won a court case against James Brown for plagiarizing his hit "Hot Koki." Betuel Enola is better known as a backup singer for the likes of Manu Dibango and Lapiro de Mbanga, but she did make at least one solo recording, Propriete Privée, from which the song "Oa" is taken. The Golden Sounds, led by Jean Paul Zé Bella, are arguably one of the most influential African groups of all time, thanks to their 1986 smash "Zangalewa," better known as "Waka Waka," whose serpentine history is discussed by Uchenna Ikonne here.

Johnny Tezano acheived fame in the '80s with a synthesis of Camerounian and Congolese music that he called Ma-kwassa, while Ebanda Manfred is best known as the author of the song "Ami," made famous by Bebe Manga (and which you can download here). Jean Bikoko Aladin, who passed away last year, was one of the founders of modern Camerounian music, who popularized the Assiko style in the early '60s.

1. Emancipée Mariama - Isidore Tamwo
2. Celle Qui T'A Aime - Andre-Marie Tala
3. Oa - Betuel Enola
4. Maladie Difficile - Golden Sounds
5. Bobe Na Bongo - Cella Stella
6. S.O.S Mon Coeur - Marcel Tjahe
7. Balong - Maurice Njoume
8. Carreau Magique - Johnny Tezano
9. Baby Na Mamy Na - Ebanda Manfred
10. Humanisme African - Tonye Jackson
11. A Yiga Tchome - Jean Bikoko Aladin Et L'Assiko Rigueur
12. Pane Pane - Georges Seba
13. Mengabo Wo Dze - Alao Javis
Download Cameroon Fever Vol. 1 here. And explore Ken Abrams's artwork here.