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Roger Essama Bekono was born June 15, 1954 in Atéga, Cameroon. In 1968, Bekono left his native village to settle in Yaoundé, the capital city, with the ultimate goal of completing his secondary studies. Sometime in the mid-1970s Bekono made an abrupt stop to his studies because he dreamed of going into music full time. He initially composed songs with foreign colors like “Bòngo Ya Cameron,” which has a French flavor and of Rumba but sung in his own Ewondo language.


Roger Bekono

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