is part of a new generation of African singer-songwriters,
along with the Congolese Lokua Kanza
. Influences of makossa,
, and Francis Bebey
can easily be traced in his music,
as well as some Latin flavour.
Dikongue grew up in Cameroon's capital Yaoundé, born in a family of musicians, originating from the economic capital Douala.
He learned to play the guitar through his uncle, and
with his grandmother he sung in the church choir in the " Briquetterie" neighbourhood.
Since 1985, Henri lives in France, first in the town of Besançon where he started studying law, but he abandoned after a year for
music. He joined a cultural association of Cameroonian students, making music as accompaniment during performances and story-telling, where
he met Martin Yog
, Alfred M'Bongo
and Manuel Wandji
In 1989, he settled in Paris where he took guitar classes again, and tried to record a first album. After a few years, he met
again, and they decided to work together. Wandji produced Henri's first two albums,
« Wa »
and « C'est la vie »
. The two albums
were quite successful, in Europe, as well as in the US.
The nect two albums were less successful. Only after a period of silence of about 12 years, in May 2016, a new album
« Diaspora »
• Musicians on "C'est la vie":
acoustic guitar, vocals;
percussion, drums, backing vocals;
6 December 1967, in Douala
Acoustic guitar music