Sunday, 7 May 2017


Prince Nico Mbarga was African born of Cameroonian and Nigerian parents. He was raised and lived in Nigeria until he died at the age of 47  in a motorcycle accident on June 24, 1997, leaving behind "Sweet Mother" as the most popular song amongst Africans .
 For Africans, Fathers not only mean a lot, but also determine their African tribal race. Prince Nico been born with Cameroonian Father and retained his Mother's Nigerian Nationality says a lot about  changing cultural norms in Africa.
According to Sam Oystein,Prince Nico is perhaps more popular in Ghana than most of his Ghanaian contemporaries. The quality of his music is extremely high. He was very much gifted and talented and blended many aspects of different genres of African music. There are elements of Akan, Ewe and Fon musical traditions in his songs. His ingenuity is his ability to transpose them to modern rock music. With your elaboration on boundaries,

Prince Nico Mbarga, formed his own band in the early 70 called  Rocafil Jazz, they performed regularly at the Naza Hotel in the eastern Nigerian city of Onitsa. "After releasing a disappointing single in 1973, Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz had their first success with their second single, "I No Go Marry My Papa," which became a regional hit. The band's inability to break past their local following, however, resulted in their recording contract being dropped by EMI. The label's decision proved ill-fortuned when the band signed with the Onitsa label and recorded "Sweet Mother." Sung in Pidgin English, the song became one of the top sellers in the history of Nigerian music. In the six years that Mbarga and Recotal Jazz remained with Onitsa, 1975 to 1981, they recorded nine albums. Temporarily relocating to England in 1982,

 Mbarga became known for his flamboyant, '70s glam rock-inspired performances. While he continued to appear with Rocafil Jazz, Mbargar also performed with London-based highlife band the Ivory Coasters and Cameroonian vocalist Louisiana Tilda. Despite launching his own Polydor-distributed record label, upon returning to Nigeria, Mbarga and the original members of Rocafil Jazz separated after several Cameroon-born members were deported. Although he later formed the New Rocafil Jazz Band, Mbarga failed to match his early success. Leaving music, he turned his attention to managing the two hotels that he owned, Hotel Calbar and the Sweet Mother Hotel."

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