Oliver N'Goma is probably the best known Gabonese singer, as his afro-zouk
hits have been (and still are) extremely popular in large parts of Africa. Especially his early hit
« Bané » is a well-known song on the dance floors, although people
probably not always know that the singer comes from Gabon, a country that has not been able to export
its music to other African countries nor outside the continent.
In 1971, he entered the Orchestre Capo-Sound, together with singer François N'Gwa, during
this period he started playing guitar and composing his first songs. After a brief period where he was part of a
group called Kounabeli he was recruited by the national television as cameraman.
Although he had a regular job now, he didn't abandon music and eventually he recorded a first album with the help of
Ray Lema as producer who he had met in Paris.
After « Bané » he made a second album
« Adia », also produced by Ray Lema, with the same easy-going afro-zouk
he had become famous for. His 2001 album « Seva » offers a different
perspective with more variation in styles.
Olivier N'Goma, as his real name was, died in 2010 after kidney failure.
Born: 23 March 1959, in Mayumba (Nyanga Province, South Gabon); died 7 June 2010 in Libreville