Today's Bring back makossa campaigns falls on Francis Bebey, a renowned artist, musician and writer.
Bebey attended the Sorbonne in Paris and was further educated in the US.
In the early 1960's he moved to France after living in Ghana and started work in the arts, establishing himself as a musician, sculptor and writer.
Bebey released his first album in 1969 and his music was primarily guitar-based, although he integrated traditional African instruments as well.
His style was groundbreaking, merging Cameroonian makossa with classical guitar, jazz and pop in a mix that could be intellectual, humourous or serious. He sang in Duala, English and French and also helped launched the career of Manu Dibango.
He passed on the 28th of May 2001 in Paris.
This is Francis Bebey with Agatha.
Bio info coutesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bebey
Picture courtesy of: alainfinkielkrautrock.blogspot.com
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