Cameroonians are still dazed by the death of makossa diva, Charlotte Mbango.
The award-winning star breathed her last yesterday. Website, Kaï Walaï, noted she had been ill for a while. Details of the cause of her death are still to be confirmed.
Tributes have poured into social networking sites and internet forums.
On face book, fellow songstress, Coco Mbassi expressed her condolences to Mbango’s family.
“It is a sad day for Cameroonian music,” lamented The Apprentice Africa star, Kathleen Ndongmo.
The grand daughter of makossa legend, Eboa Lotin, Charlotte Mbango began singing in church choirs at the age of nine.
She entered the Parisian music scene as a backing vocalist for various African and Caribbean artists.
In 1987, Mbango launched her solo career with the upbeat Nostalgie album. But it was mega-hit, Konkai Makossa, that shot her to global fame and earned her a Golden Record award.
She also received an Honorary Tamani in Bamako, Mali in 2003.
Renowned for her pure voice and lively style, Charlotte Mbango collaborated with musical greats including Manu Dibango and Paul Simon.
Her death deals another blow to the Cameroonian entertainment industry which recently lost music luminary, Hoigen Ekwalla.
“May she rest in peace,” said fan, Betty Abeng.
By Ngum Ngafor
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