Lapiro de Mbanga

Lapiro de Mbanga alias Ndinga Man (=guitar man) is a songwriter known for his satiric lyrics, criticising politicians and addressing social and economical injustice in Cameroon of the 1980s and 1990s.
His biggest success came with his album « No Make Erreur », featuring Naimro from Kassav, Toto Guillaume and Jimmy Cliff. Singing mainly in pidgin, a creol language, he was able to reach a broad audience in all social layers of society, especially in those, where his criticism was well received, i.e. the young urban unemployed, street sellers, taxi drivers, etcetera.

At the culmination of Cameroon's political crisis around 1991, he had been accused of being "bought" by the ruling party. His club in the town of Mbanga and his car were put into fire, and a concert turned into a riot. He had suddenly lost his support from his fans. In 1993, he returns with a new album « Ndinga Man contre-attaque » (the guitar man strikes back).

Born: in Mbanga, as Lambo Sandjo Lapiro
Style: Makossa

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Title Year Label Remarks
Ndinga Man again: Na You 2001 JPS Production CDJPS 147
Debre Man 1999 JPS Production CDJPS 0036
Ndinga Man 1994 Energy Productions NE 5003 LP
Ndinga Man contre-attaque: Na Wou Go Pay? 1993 Indigo LBLC 2506
No Make Erreur 1986 TSHI-TSHI 003 Sonodisc Distribution
Pas Argent, No Love (Yogo Santé) 1985 Haissam Records MH 0101 LP
Surface de réparation 19?? Tougata TG 3303 LP


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