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Book: Bikutsi

Chapter: Bikutsi in the 1980s: Political Change, Diversification, the Use of Television, and Les Têtes Brulées

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.36066


This chapter discusses how bikutsi became established within the musical, political and social landscape of Cameroon in the 1980s, when more and more singers take up Beti music in different ways. With a Beti becoming president, musicians also gained more media coverage and political support. The chapter focuses on the music of Ebogo Emerent and his moral version of bikutsi, and on the group Les Têtes Brulées with their remarkable performance strategy.

Chapter Contributors

  • Anja Brunner ( - abrunner) 'University of Bern'