Sally Nyolo

Genres: World
Decades: 1990s 2000s


c. 1965, Eyen-Meyong, near Tala, Lékié, Cameroon. At the age of 13 Nyolo moved to France, settling in Paris. From the early 80s she was a backing singer for artists such as Nicole Croisille, Jacques Higelin and Toure Kunda. She also sang at the World Of Music And Dance Festival in England. In 1993 she joined Zap Mama, an all-female vocal group, with whom she recorded and toured internationally. In 1996, Nyolo launched her solo career, recording Tribu, for which she had composer credit on all the songs, which she sang in her native dialect. Release of this album led to her winning Radio France Internationale’s Discovery 97 prize. After the release of her follow-up album, Nyolo toured North America and Europe, especially France where her audience was growing rapidly. Recognizing the talent of his former backing singer, Higelin presented her as a special guest at one of his Paris concerts. Nyolo’s 2000 release was launched with a very...

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