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André-Marie Tala was 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.

Born: 29 October 1950, Bandjoun, West Province.
Style: Tchamassi and 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
The Best of, vol. 1: les meilleurs slows 1997 TJR CDAT 166
Bend Skin 1993 CIMS K7001 Cassette
Celle qui t'a aimé 198? Andy's Production AND 33876
Qui saurait me dire?
Soul tchamassi
Je vais a Yaoundé 1984 Andy's Production AND 33855
Mother Africa 198? Andy's Production AND 33834
Binam 1982 Andy's Production AND 33833
Tala 81 1981 A.M. Tala production/ Andy's 33802
Super Tchamassi 1978 Fiesta 362011
Arabica 1978 Fiesta
Black Woman 1976 Fiesta 360084
Je vais a Yaoundé 1975 Fiesta
Hot Koki 1973 Fiesta

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