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K-Tino is not yet known outside of Cameroon, but on a national level, she is famous for her energetic bikutsi music. This music from the central part of the country, around the capital Yaoundé, gained importance during the late 1980s and 1990s, partly to the detriment of makossa music. As the political power basis shifted from the north to the south, a cultural renaissance of the people living in the south, i.e. the ewondo, beti and bulu, occurred.
The bikutsi music is characterised by a up-tempo rhythm, danced with rhythmic pulsations of shoulders and/or the pelvis. Since more than ten years now, K-Tino (on earlier albums Catino) is one of the main exponents of bikutsi music. The lyrics of K-Tino are said to be quite explicite, something she rejected during an interview: "dire que ma musique est obscène, c'est dire que la langue ewondo est obscène" (ICCnet Cameroun, 2000). Song titles such as Action 69, Viagra, Ascenseur, Casse Bambou can be interpreted as explicitely as you wish though...

Musicians on "Ascenseur": Tino Beauregard (guitar), Félix Akono (bass), B. Robert (keyboards), Yves Abanda (toumba), Ange Abanda (backing vocals).

Born: as Catherine Edoa Balla
Style: Bikutsi


Title Year Label Remarks
7eme ciel 2006
Best of Vol. 1 2003 Nkulnnam CDNKL 058
Ne pousse pas... le bouchon loin 2003 Nkulnnam CDNKL 055 & Quartier Poto-Poto
Poto-Poto 2003 & Quartier Poto-Poto
Ekargator 2001 Nkulnnam NKL19 CD
Action 69 2001? Nkulnnam NKL18 CD
Egalité Oblige 2000 Polla Prod. FF 004 CD
Ekobo 2000 Local cassette
Viagra - Baisse-toi 2000 JPN Paris CD
La Petite Adada 1998 Local cassette
Casse Bambou 1995 Local cassette
Thermomètre 1993 Local cassette
Ascenseur 1991 Chalet Productions Vol.1 Local cassette
K-Tino, Rantanplan & Fam Ndzengue:
Le meilleur du Bikutsi 2001? MC Pop Music CD MC 0042

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