African Music Encyclopedia


Frances Bebey


Frances Bebey, born in 1929, is Cameroon's honorary cultural ambassador to the world, he is a multi-talented musician, musicologist, writer, composer, story-teller, and film-maker. As a guitarist, sanza player, and composer, he sings in English, French, and Doula. He has experimented with musical styles ranging from classical guitar to traditional sanza to to vocalizations of many different pigmy tribes to makossa to pop. As a author he has written three books. He helped give Manu Dibango his start when he hired Dibango to play piano in Bebey's jazz band.

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