Sam Fan Thomas Named Interim President Of SOCAM

Arts and Culture minister Ama Tutu Muna has named Makossa Musician interim president of Cameroon music cooperation.He heads the ad-hoc committee while Sona Christopher is named president of the normalization committee

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Sam Fan Thomas is born in 1952 and hails from Bafoussam, the capital of the West Province of Cameroon. The city is also the cultural and economical center of the Bamilike people. He started his musical career in 1968 when he joined The Black Tigers led by Andre Marie Tala. He stayed with Tala for the next eight years, recording several singles.

The band also recorded in Paris and toured Senegal and other African countries. It was during this period that Tala developed his Tchamassi rhythm, a modern music style based on Bamilike folklore.
Then in 1976, Sam left to persue a solo career recording his first solo LP Funky New Bell, in Benin on the Satel label. This record was post earlier on:

A second LP, also on the Satel label followed in 1977. On this album Sam was supported by the Black Santiagos from Benin.

It was his third release recorded in 1982 in Nigeria, with the hit song Rikiatou, which finally established his reputation in Cameroon.

In 1983 Sam Fan Thomas travelled to Paris to record the album Makassi. Makassi is the name of Sam’s own music style, a type of uptempo Makossa with blended with a touch of Andre Marie Tala’s Tchamassi and other Bamilike influences.
The album contained the hit song African Typic Collection. This song builded around the melody of the classic Franco song Boma l’heure became a massive international dance floor hit, with amazing sales all over Africa, France and the West Indies where it was also released as a 12 inch single.

Makassi brought Sam a Golden Disc in 1984 and was followed by his fifth album Neng Makassi in 1985. The album retained the sophisticated production of Makassi, without reaching the heights of his greatest hit. In 1986 he came with two albums, Funk Makassi and Makassi plus of which the last one became a big hit.

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