Emmanuel Eboa Lotin (also written as Lottin), son of Reverend Adolf Lotin A Same, who
composed many church chorals, has been brought up with music. Still, he was more of a self-taught musician, since
he has not received a formal musical education. He recorded a first song in 1962, which was a starting point of a
successful career of 35 years. He died in 1997 following a protracted illness.
Eboa Lotin didn't have an easy childhood. Both his father and his mother, Lili Engom'a Koum, died when he was 3 years old,
and a badly applied quinine injection resulted in a paralyzed left leg. Music was a way to cope
with his sorrow, and in 1962, he recorded a first song « Mulema mam »
in the studio of Radio Douala. The following years, he continued to work and he composes a few songs for a song contest, of which
the jury was presided by Duke Ellington in 1967. This opened doors, and he was
able to go to Paris, where he recorded a few songs for Philips, that brought him the recognition he was looking for.
In 1969, he represented his country at the Festival Panafricain in Algeria. In 1969 and 1970, he was invited in several African countries.
Eboa Lotin is said to have composed about 70 songs.
Born: August 6, 1942 in Douala, died in October 1997
Style: acoustic makossa / Ambasse Bey