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by Anne-Marie Nzié
Anne-Marie Nzié (1932 to 2016) was a Cameroonian singer, guitarist and teacher. Anne-Marie Nzié was born in Bibia, Lolodorf, Cameroon, in 1932. She sang Bikutsi folk songs as a child, as well as joining the local church choir. She learned to play Hawaiian guitar at the age of twelve, with the help of her musician brother Moise, while recuperating from a serious accident, which resulted in a long hospital stay. She went on to support her brother (who was known professionally as 'Cromwell') in some of his concert appearances, and in 1954 they released their first single together, "Ma Ba Nze", on the 'Opika' label, and more followed. After winning a government-sponsored guitar competition, organised by the German guitarist/composer Siegfried Behrend, Nzié rose in the later 1950s to become a solo singer, accompanied by her Hawaiian guitar. Performing pop music fused with ancestral rhythms of Cameroon, by 1968 she was on the international scene, recording in Paris. After that, she performed at many important festivals in Africa, such as those in Algiers, Dakar and Lagos, and taught singing with the National Orchestra of Cameroon. In 1985, the successful album "Liberté" was issued, after which she intended to retire to her village. However, in 1996 Nzié made a welcome return to the stage and received a standing ovation at the French Cultural Centre in Yaoundé. After appearing at the Angouleme Festival in 1998, she recorded one more album, "Beza Ba Dzo". In 2008, marking 60 years of her being on stage, she was honoured on behalf of the country's president with a series of events, and also received by the Cameroon prime minister. In 2010, she reprised her most famous single release, "Liberté", at various concerts in the country to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Cameroon's independence. Anne-Marie Nzié died on May 24th 2016 at a hospital in Yaoundé, after suffering a short illness. She was 84.
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Posted: 21st June 2016
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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