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date: 26 February 2020

Bikoko, Jean-Aladin locked

(1939–2010), musician,
  • Jeremy Rich

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was born in the village of Messondo not far from Yaoundé Cameroon His father was a lay Catholic catechist and Bikoko sang in the church choir He also participated in dances in the Assiko rhythm a music and dance style associated with the Bassa ethnic group After spending several years in primary school at the Catholic mission in Eséka Bikoko dropped out while still an adolescent to try to make a living He became a cook and servant at a timber camp in the village of Bonepoupa about 104 kilometers from Eséka While in Bonepoupa he began to play guitar He learned from local musicians Albert Dikoumé and Henri Hiag and made his own instrument from bark and bamboo It was the beginning of his slow ascent to the summit of the Cameroonian music scene Leaving Bonepoupa for the town of Songmbenguè located near the city of Edéa Bikoko played ...

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