You need flash!
no cover -  

Francis Bebey

african cameroon electronic world africa

Francis Bebey (1929–2001) was a Cameroonian artist, musician, and writer. Bebey was born in 1929 in Douala, Cameroon. He attended the Sorbonne and Paris, France, and received further education in the United States. In 1957, Bebey moved to Ghana at the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah to all Africans from non-independent territories. Bebey took a job as a broadcaster.

In the early 1960s, Bebey moved to France and started work in the arts, establishing himself as a musician, sculptor, and writer. His most popular novel was Agatha Moudio's Son. His writing and music often cross-fertilised, and he performed a song by that name, as well (Agatha). He also worked as a consultant for UNESCO.

Bebey released his first album in 1969. His music was primarily guitar-based, although he integrated traditional African instruments as well. His style was groundbreaking, merging Cameroonian with , , and , in a mix that could be intellectual, humorous, or serious. He sang in Duala, English, and French. Bebey had a strong impact on later performers. For example, he gave Manu Dibango his big break when Dibango came to work for him in Paris. Bebey released more than 20 albums over his career. He died in 2001.


Francis Bebey 63755bc653454db8cda43164ae272870 Francis Bebey a93459ca1d054ccacc87d28b1ecf42b7 Francis Bebey 595f4ea0ff064e82ce34c4fd0772e63e Francis Bebey e53169705cb74e2b876941f0d3425721 Francis Bebey 08d4521867f44b9bcb150be0cedc1028 Francis Bebey e730853c8b46407fc0f410e0be8bf822
TOPlist