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Anne-Marie Nzié

"The Voice of Gold" and "The Queen Mother of Bikutsi": these are the phrases that are used to refer to Anne-Marie. In her late 60s, she still uses her voice to the maximum as she vowed she would do at a young age. That was when she spent a long period of time in hospital recovering from injuries sustained when she fell from a mango tree. Initially she had sung in a church choir where her father was a pastor in a village in Cameroon. While in hospital her older brother, later known as Cromwell, introduced her to Hawaiian music and she decided to make full use of the gift of a beautiful voice as well as writing songs and accompanying herself on Hawaiian guitar. After leaving hospital she and her brother performed together as a duo.
Anne-Marie continued to be inspired by pop music and the ancestral rhythms of Cameroon and by 1968 she was on the international scene, recording in Paris. After that she performed at many important festivals in Africa: Algiers, Dakar and Lagos and taught singing with the National Orchestra of Cameroon. In 1984 Anne-Marie recorded the successful album Liberte but then wanted to retire to her village at the age of 50. That was not to be, because in 1996 she made a welcome return to the stage and received a standing ovation at the French Cultural Centre in Yaounde.

After appearing at the Angouleme Festival in 1998 she recorded another wonderful album, Beza Ba Dzo. On it there are some up-tempo traditional bikutsi rhythms as well as blues, jazz flavours and Latin beats and on one unique track Manu Dibango joins on saxophone and vocals. The final track, 'Ma Bele Na Muri' is a beautiful hymn. Her voice can indeed be compared to that of Edith Piaf. Anne-Marie has had a long, distinguished career, enriching the world with her music.