Zélé le Bombardier

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 and Kempess on rhythm guitar, and Atebass and Sossu on bass.

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!

Born: As Ebombo Cyrille
Style: bikutsi, pedale

Zélé le Bombardier
Zélé le Bombardier  

Title Year Label Remarks
Zélé à Mvomek'a 2002 JPS Production CDJPS 216 CD
A qui la faute? 2000 MC Pop Music CD
Les merveilles de Zélé le Bombardier Non-stop 2000 MC Pop Music CD
Bible et Coran 2000 JPS Production CD
Si j'avais su 1998 JPS Production CDJPS 0022 CD
Les 10 commandements de la femme 1997 TJR CDAT 187/ Nkul Nnam CD
Best of Zélé le Bombardier 1997 TJR CDAT 169 CD, 1995 and 1996 recordings
Nom Wom 1997 Les Editions Kouogueng & Fils
Le monde (est beau et les gens sont mesquins) 1996 Edition Achille Production
Nom Wom 199? Inter Diffusion Systems IDS 93126 Cassette, 4 tracks

Page added August 2002