Back to Musiques d'Afrique Frank Bessem's
Musiques d'Afrique:

Ali Baba (1956-2004)
retour aux Musiques d'Afrique
Back to Musiques d'Afrique
Back to Musiques du Cameroun

Ali Baba made his breakthrough in 1980 as a dancer of the National Ballet of Cameroon. He became known as a gifted dancer, singer and painter. During a stay in Paris in 1984, he was able to meet African artists from various nations, enabling him to mix these influences into a panafrican style. He had big hits in Cameroon with songs like « Mbéré Kaki » and « Tcha Tcha Merengue ». Around 1993, a stroke turned him into a handicapped man, he walked with difficulties, and at some time he could hardly speak. Yet, a miraculous come-back occurred in the second half of the 1990s.
In the last years of his life, he started a production company Soul Gandjal with the aim to promote young artists from North Cameroon, for instance Abdou Bénito. His untimely death in May 2004 will hamper this promotion.

Born: 1956, in Garoua, North Cameroon as Amadou Baba Ali, died 15 May 2004
Style: Goumba Soula Gandjal


Title Year Label Remarks
Kano 2001
Je suis guéri 1996
On ne tape pas la femme 1989 Sonodisc
Danse Africa 1987 SM/KA 002 Local cassette
Le demon de la danse africaine 1985 Safari Ambiance SAS
Ali Baba 85 (Kaï Haba) 1984 Safari Ambiance SAS 056

Back to/retour à Frank Bessem's Musiques du Cameroun

Copyright © 1997-2005 Frank Bessem