Zélé le Bombardier
is a artist who became famous in in the capital of Cameroon in the years 1995-96,
when the pedalé danse within Bikutsi music becamer very hot. Zélé has since then grown to one of the best bikutsi singers, with
his recognisable voice, and he was surrounded by gifted musicians such as Roger Mvondo
on solo guitar, Obalbass
on rhythm guitar, and Atebass
Bikutsi music stems from the forest region in Central Cameroon, and is extremely rhythmic and far less melodic. Modern bikutsi is played with
solo guitar, rhythm guitar and bass, where the guitars are so characteristically tuned in order to imitate the balafon, which gives
bikutsi its "rootsy" feel.
Bikutsi has been made famous by Les Têtes Brûlées
in the 1980s, and Zélé's
style is in fact very close to that of Les Têtes Brûlées. The rhythm is hot, and the dancing is as well: at first hearing,
bikutsi music sounds unusual, but as soon as you see people dancing you'll know what it's about!
As Ebombo Cyrille