By Dibussi Tande
Who was the founder of Black Styl, the greatest Makossa group of all time; Emil Kangue or Nkotti Francois? How did Makossa maestro Ben Decca look and sound like when he released Nyonga Mulema, his debut 12 inch 45 rpm maxi single, back in 1981?
The cover of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed "Black Styl à Paris" album (1978)
Can you still remember the cover of Mbemba' Iyo, the 1980 album that confirmed Dina Bell as a bona fide Makossa star, and which included classics such as Nginya Mulema and Nyuwe?
The answers to these and other questions related to Makossa classics and artists can be found in an exciting new blog called "Makossa Original" which profiles the major Makossa acts and albums from the 1970s and 1980s, spicing it all up with pictures of rare and long-forgotten album covers and mp3 downloads of some of the greatest Makossa oldies.
Makossa Original is an exciting walk down music memory lane. The blog is a highly delectable tribute to the “golden age” of Cameroonian music, to that long gone era when Makossa was the envy of the rest of Africa - a "pure" genre free from the nefarious and stifling influence of Soukous from the Congo. Even the younger generation whose musical ears are not refined enough to appreciate this "slow" genre (by today's standards) or to figure out when a "balle a terre" actually begins and ends in a classic Makossa, can still enjoy the history and artists behind these songs which are now part of our collective memory, most of which futured prominently in the hugely popular Bible du Makossa and Testament du Makossa medley series which reintroduced these songs to a brand new generation of makossa enthusiasts.
Hopefully a music enthusiast or historian will pick off from here to start putting together an encyclopaedia of Makossa music.