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C'est la Vie
     

C'est la Vie

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by Henri Dikongue
 
When the subject of Cameroon's modern pop of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s comes up, the styles that immediately come to mind are zouk, makossa and so-called "Bikutsi rock" -- all of them fast, dance-oriented and highly energetic. The big names in Cameroon pop (whether it was Les Tetes Brulees or Manu Dibango) were known for bringing dance

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When the subject of Cameroon's modern pop of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s comes up, the styles that immediately come to mind are zouk, makossa and so-called "Bikutsi rock" -- all of them fast, dance-oriented and highly energetic. The big names in Cameroon pop (whether it was Les Tetes Brulees or Manu Dibango) were known for bringing dance floors to life, not providing gentle introspection. Offering an interesting alternative to zouk and makossa, Cameroon's Henri Dikongue favors an introspective, sensitive and ballad-heavy approach on C'est La Vie. Reflective and moody songs like "Na Teleye Owa Ngea," "Bulu Bo Windi Tenge" and "Ndutu" are a long way from Les Tetes Brulees' aggressive, hard-swinging Bikutsi rock, which is exactly the point. Dikongue wanted to bring something fresh and unexpected to Cameroon's pop scene, and he accomplishes his goal quite nicely on this rewarding CD. Henri Dikongue is definitely a name worth getting to know.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
Label:
Tinder
UPC:
0789428508625
catalogNumber:
85086

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Performance Credits

Henri Dikongue   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Alain Jean-Marie   Piano
Martin Atangana   Guitar
Nicolas Gueret   Saxophone
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Bass
Valery Lobe   Drums
Etienne Mbappe   Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Vincent Nguini   Guitar
Slim Pezin   Guitar
Cathy Renoir   Choir, Chorus
Manuel Wandji   Percussion,Drums,Voices,Choir, Chorus
François Moity   Piano
Dominique Fillon   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Philippe Henry   Trombone
Nasser Beghdad   Violin
Serge Rahoerson   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Maurice Boguet   translation
Alan Roy   Contributor
Manuel Wandji   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Aida Krid   Contributor
Gilles Fruchaux   Producer
Stephane Cretin   Engineer

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C'est la Vie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
knew absolutely nothing about the artist when i received the cd as a birthday gift last summer. what a wonderful surprise! simply beautiful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is by no mean one of the greatest of all time ! This is a wonderful mix of african and south american rythms. Bulu Bo Windi Tenge is the song Josie and I will have for our wedding in march 2002 !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this CD. Very interesting mix of Latin, European & African sounds.