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Jean-Paul Zé Bella: the cunning Cameroonian soldier who became a global music legend

By Lyombe Eko, Professor of Journalism and Creative Media Industries, Texas Tech University
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One of Cameroon’s most influential music stars – Jean-Paul Zé Bella – passed away on 15 January at the age of 71 after a battle against cancer. The singer and drummer was a founding member of the band Zangalewa and performed with it until he retired from the military. Part of the texture of Cameroonian popular culture, he continued making music until he fell ill. He lived…The Conversation

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