Tuesday 20th November 2018, it is twenty two years since the passing into glory of Kotto Bass, born Nyamsi Theodore Auger, one of the finest and celebrated makossa artist of his generation.
Music lovers say Kotto Bass greatly contributed in selling Cameroonian music on international stage.
Though physically challenged, Kotto Bass ventured in different genres of music.
Some of his popular hits such as “Yes Bamenda, Ponce Pilate, and Ok Mado” still thrill music lovers.
His professional career
Kotto Bass’ love for music was noticed right from his early school days.
He sang in school until he joined the Makassi Studio of Sam Thomas in the late 80s.
His strong vocals and great stage presence facilitated collaboration with the Makassi Band Corporation as lead singer and later with other big names in the music industry.
In 1993, he co-produced the song titled “L’age dor” with Aladji Toure and Kouogueng Moise.
It was his brilliant cover of Rochereua’s “Ponce Pilate” that brought him tremendous fame.
In the early 1960s, he released the song titled “C’est comme ça”, a melange of makossa and Congolese music.
Before his demise in November 20th 1996, Kotto Bass had released two albums.
Fans of the makossa legend say he is no more, yet he remains present through music.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie