Another African music legend has just passed away in the late hours of Tuesday in Cameroon . The godmother of Bikutsi; Anne Marie Nzie is no more. La voix d'or du Cameroun as she was been called died this after after a protracted illness at the Yaoundé central hospital. The news was officially announced as a breaking news on the national radio station; CRTV.
Early life: Mama Anne Marie Nzie was born in lolodorf in 1932. Her father was an instrumentalist and he played the Mvette which is an instrument made of robes just like a guitar. Anne Marie Nzie started singing in her church choir at the age of 8 with her elder brother playing instruments for her to always sing, her passion for music never stopped until her first single dropped titled "décidant" when she was involved in an accident that made her spend many years at the hospital.
Music Career: After her first single "décidant" which gave her popularity she decided to join her brothers group where they toured all over Africa. She started her music career first as a jazz artist then she also tried the Congolese rumba and later she discovered her own niche which was the bikutsi. Her voice became remarkable by everyone when she later did a solo with renown French artist Gilbert Becaurd in 1958. In 1984 she came back to the music spotlight with her hit single titled "Liberté" which is a song that talks about the liberty of Cameroonians and blacks in general. This song was a success as she toured the whole world to sing Liberté.
She was made chevalier de la Legion d'honneur by the French government.
Mama Nzie inspired many Cameroonians with her music and she one of those few Cameroonian music icon who will not be forgotten in a hurry, she was also the Cameroinian ambassador for Malaria No More. She has contributed a lot in the music and culture of Cameroon. She remains a legend. Rest in peace our music icon.