André-Marie Tala

André-Marie Tala swas born in Bandjoun, West Cameroon, where he lost his mother when he was 4 years old, and his father 12 years later. When he was 15, he went blind. Alone, although his grandmother took him into her house, he turned to one passion: music.

He created a group, the Rock Boys, later the Black Tigers, with Sam Fan Thomas as guitarist. He made his first recordings with the help of Manu Dibango. In 1972, he had two hits in Cameroon, « Sikati » and « Potaksima », and his first album « Hot Koki » was such a succes that James Brown plagiated the title song (Tala eventually won a court case). After that, many albums followed.

In 1997, highlights of his career were put on two CDs. He lives in Paris since more than 20 years, but he is planning to go back to Cameroon in the coming decade to produce young Cameroonian musicians. But before that, he wishes to make Bend skin and Tchamassi music known to the world by extensive touring. In 2002, he performed on the Nuits d'Afrique Festival in Quebec.

André-Marie Tala
 André-Marie Tala   

• Musicians on « Binam (1983) »:
André-Marie Tala (guitar, lead vocals, composer, direction, arranger)
Michel Alibo (bass)
Jules Kamga (guitar)
Claude Vamur (drums, percussion)
Jean-Claude Naimro (keyboards)
Fredo Tete, Jimmy Mvondo Mvele (horns)

Born: 29 October 1950, Bandjoun, West Province
Style: Tchamassi / Bend Skin

Title Year Label Remarks
Bend Skin Beats 2009 RetroAfric RETRO23CD Compilation album
Source des montagnes 2006 Cim's Tchamassi Production
Koungné 1999 CIMS
The Best of, vol. 2 1997 TJR CDAT 167 CD
The Best of, vol. 1: les meilleurs slows 1997 TJR CDAT 166 CD
Bend Skin 1993 CIMS K7001 Cassette
Qui saurait me dire? 1988 Andy's Production AND 33887 LP
Celle qui t'a aimé 1987 Andy's Production AND 33876 LP
Je vais a Yaoundé / Woman Pass Massa 1984 Andy's Production AND 33855 LP
Mother Africa 1982 Andy's Production AND 33834 LP
Binam / Soul Tchamassi 1983 Andy's Production AND 33833 LP
Tala 81 1981 A.M. Tala production/ Andy's 33802 LP
Notre fille 1980 Andy's 33801 LP, OST/Musique Originale Du Film
Spécial Tchamassi 1979 Fiesta 362.019 LP
Super Tchamassi 1978 Fiesta 362.011 LP
Arabica 1978 Fiesta 362.010 LP
Black Woman 1976 Fiesta 360.084 LP
Djamena / Je vais a Yaoundé 1975 Fiesta 360 069 LP
Hot Koki 1973 Fiesta 360.057 LP

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