Sam Fan Thomas

Sam Fan Thomas started his career at the end of the 1960s, when he joined André-Marie Tala's group Les Tigres Noires. In 1976, he left the group and went to Cotonou (Bénin) where he recorded his first album, « Funky New Bell » with The Santiagos of Cotonou. Already in 1977, he came back to Cameroon to record a second album. His first hit was Rikiatou, and in 1984, « African Typic Collection » became an international hit.

After a relatively long silence, he came back on Africa's dance floors with « Emotion » in 1993. On top of that,he is involved in producing many Cameroonian artists and he has a recording studio of his own in Douala.

Sam Fan Thomas
 Sam Fan Thomas   

• Musicians on « Makassi (1984) »:
Sam Fan Thomas (guitar, lead vocals, chorus)
Michel Alibo (bass)
Denis Hekimian (drums, percussion)
Isidore Tamwo (percussion)
Jean-Claude Naimro (keyboards)
Fredo Tete, Jimmy Mvondo Mvele (horns)
Florence Titty, Sissy Dipoko (backing vocals)

Born: as Samuel Thomas Ndonfeng, in Bafoussam, 1952
Style: makassi

Title Year Label Remarks
No Satisfaction 1999 JPS Production CDJPS 0027
The Best of... 1995 TJR CDAT 131
Nene (The Best of) 1993 SIM's 29305 Cassette
Makassi Again 1990 Celluloid CELD 6170 CD, re-release of the LP NE5002
Makassi Again 198? Energy Productions NE 5002 LP
Makassi Plus 1986 MST Records MS 5004 LP
Molega 1986 Tamwo Records TAM 22 LP
Neng Makassi 1985 Tamwo Records TAM 11 LP
Makassi 1984 Tamwo Records TAM 4 LP
Rikiatou 1982 KM Records KMLP 002
Special Kwongne 1977 Satel SAT 159 LP
Funky New Bell 1976 Satel SAT 110 LP

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