C'est la Vieby 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 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.
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Performance CreditsHenri 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 CreditsMaurice 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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knew absolutely nothing about the artist when i received the cd as a birthday gift last summer. what a wonderful surprise! simply beautiful!
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 !
I highly recommend this CD. Very interesting mix of Latin, European & African sounds.