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
|Je suis guéri
|On ne tape pas la femme
|Le demon de la danse africaine
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