Filed under: Cameroon
Pierre Didy Tchakounte And The Black Tulips were from Cameroon.
Cameroon, a German colony at the time of World War I, was split among the French and British as war spoils after the defeat of Germany. In 1960, French Cameroun became an independent republic, merging with the southern part of British Cameroons in 1961 to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. It was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972, and the Republic of Cameroon or République du Cameroun in 1984
During the 1960s, modern makossa developed and became the most popular genre in Cameroon. Makossa is a type of funky dance music, best-known outside Africa for Manu Dibango, whose 1972 single “Soul Makossa” was an international hit. Outside of Africa, Dibango and makossa were only briefly popular, but the genre has produced several pan-African superstars through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Following Dibango, a wave of musicians electrified makossa in an attempt at making it more accessible outside of Cameroon.
Apparently Pierre Didy Tchakounte became an actor later on, and starred in a film called Suicides that was produced in Cameroon in 1983.
Catalog number EM2709 on Editions Makossa, licensed from Sonafric and distributed by African Record Center, Ltd of New York City, released in 1973.