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Born and raised in Douala (Cameroon), West Africa, Jo Tongo is the eldest brother of a large family. From an early age he was influenced by his fathers music who plays the violin and upstraight bass and his grandfather, the Reverand Alfred Tongo Diboundou, who played organ church.

At the age of 13, Jo Tongo was gifted with an acoustic guitar by one of his uncles and through studying guitar books, he taught himself how to play, read and write music and excelled music theory.

At age 15 he joined the high school band as a guitarist and within two years he became the band leader, while in Yaounde, the capital. At the same time, Jo set up his first band in Douala with his young friends, the "Rock'n Chach", mixing up African, Caribbean and American soul music. He composed his own music and his unique sound set him apart from other bands in the region, caughting the attention of radio stations which played his music in Douala and Yaounde.

Not all was smooth sailing for Jo's father was not supportive of his son's desire to become a professional musician and sent him to Paris where he studied pharmacy for a couple of years. While in Paris, he took up classic piano and obtained a degree from the Paris National Superior Academy of Music. A few years later Jo Tongo was determined to pursue his love of music and became a professional musician playing with the best musicians in Paris, the likes of Manu Dibango, Françis Bebey, Joseph Kabassele, Franklyn Bokaka,to name a few.

Jo was living his dream as he was involved in studio recording sessions in studio with African and European artists. Gerard Akueson gave Jo and opportunity to make his first record featuring what we could call "World-music" today.

On his second record, Jo turned to a kind of Afro funk music, very original and exciting, mixing up African and American R&B sounds. Jo was given the battle name of Jojo L’Explosif ( Jojo the Explosive ).

In 1968, after he recorded his second record (Get it the way I like & Non Non Non ), the young artist was invited to a concert in the "Salons Des Ambassadeurs " in the "Champs Elysees " in Paris and prominent African and Caribbean artists were backed by Manu Dibango as they performed before Parisian ambassadors.

Jo's (Jojo) performance earned him a standing ovation and Gisèle Baka, a Caribbean singer and manager invited Jojo to another concert she organized in "Olympia", in Paris, two months later, in commemoration of Doctor Martin Luther KING Jr. death.

The young man acting as a music director and conductor, was arranging beautiful music for other artists as Uta Bella and Manu Dibango. Jo took classic orchestration lessons and arrangement from Vladimir Kodjoukarov, the conductor of the French National Classic Orchestra.( Orchestre National de Paris ).

Jo Tongo's career took a turn as he became the most popular african artist and his fame allowed him to play for African heads of states like Nyassibwe Eyadema of Togo, Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire( Democratic Republic of Congo), Ahmadou Ahidjo of United Republic of Cameroon, Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Jo Tongo formed many connections including with American pianist and singer Memphis Slim, the King of Boogie Woogie and Mike Brant, a singer from Israel who became a legend in France.

In 1976, after performing in Midem, Cannes, Jo Tongo created a new band he called Tumbalo. Patrick, Alex and Chris Francfort (now called The Gibson Brothers) asked Jo if they could become members of his new band. Vicky Edimo also joined Tumbalo and the group recorded 10 songs for Decca, however the record was never released.

 

This setback did not stop the ambitious and talented artist whose music was featured in " Femme De Sa Vie" a French movie starring reknowned French actress Emmanuelle Beart and his music was also featured in "Never Ever", an American movie with a well-known French actress Sandrine Bonnaire.

Nowadays Jo Tongo added Reggae music to his influences. He backed Ky-Mani Marley, one of Bob Marley's sons, who came to Cannes Festival of Cinema for "One Love", a movie he produced in 2004.

With the help of Claudine De Jesus Costa, Jo Tongo who also studied cinema in Cannes, created Risin’Sun to promote afro music and movies.

His last CD, Jo Tongo (Jojo L’Explosif) Great Hits and the video clips for this album are Risin’ Sun production's and an Aurore Production.

 

 

Jo Tongo is now seeking representation here in the United States and brings years of experience as a musician, recording artist and has an international following. He is looking forward to bringing his unique sound into an explosive compilation in collaboration with a U.S. record company.

 

 

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No need to make a long speech, just these pictures to remind us & the entire World that who we, Black People, are the first in in Jah Creation.
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REGGAE MUSIC HISTORY





Reggae Music came out in the end of the years 60's. It a result of different existing musics : ska, rocksteady. But the roots are to be found in carebbean traditionel musics like "Mento" and calypso.

We must also consider rythm 'blues (Soul Music) of Afro Americans as a main influence of Reggae..





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TO MICHAEL JACKSON

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Michael, it's so hard to believe that I don't want to think one second that you left us alone. I know you can't do that. You just went back to JAH to whom you belong, take a little breath & keep on doing it.

If we listen carefully to tha Mystic wind blowing in the air, we can listen & even see you.

Stay Blessed & Loved for ever, my dear Brother.

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At 12:36pm on June 21, 2013, JO TONGO said…

At 1:12pm on May 18, 2013, LaFaith Networks said…

Greetings Jo how you doing? I pray you and the family are doing well.  Just stopping by to say hello and send a Hugs and some Love~Have a great summer:)Shay

At 8:40am on March 8, 2013, JO TONGO said…

At 3:15am on February 4, 2013, JO TONGO said…

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

At 11:06am on January 1, 2013, LaFaith Networks said…

Happy New Year Jo to you and the family!

Your page is so beautiful, Peace and Blessings.

Shay

At 1:38pm on December 31, 2012, Delaproser said…

Happy New Year 2013!!! Wishing You Peace , Joy, & Happiness Always My Friend 

At 9:46am on August 29, 2012, JO TONGO said…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL WE REMEMBER YOU & WE LOVE YOU

At 7:51am on May 17, 2012, Jon Vee said…

Awwww thank you for the birthday wishes Luv

At 11:20am on March 17, 2012, Delaproser said…

Beannachtam na Femle Padraig
"Happy St. Patrick's Day!"

At 12:13pm on March 8, 2012, JO TONGO said…

HI FAMILY

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