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 Francis Emmanuel Ndoumbe was born in Douala, Cameroon. Like most kids, he began to enjoy music at an early age. Traditionally, in Africa, children ages three and up, grow-up dancing and/or singing in various folkloric groups.
His first experience was when he was about five years old. He had to sing and played a part in a small show presented by the church that he attended on Sundays. He grew up listening to a variety of music, but had a deep love for Caribbean music - in particular Cuban music - probably because of the colorful sounds and the harmony of its rich rhythms connected with Africa.

The entirely original album debut of the above mentioned singer/songwriter reflects his enduring romance with Cuban Son and other musical traditions of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. After all, the Caribbean region and the African continent may be separated by thousands of miles of ocean, but they share profound cultural connections that were immediately recognized by the Africans who first began hearing Cuban Son on scratchy 78s that made their way across the ocean from Havana in the 1930s. By the mid-twentieth century, some of the best African music was influenced by Cuba. It should be noted that the Son, which was exported to Africa as rumba, is the basis of Congolese soukous, the most popular dance music in all of Africa.

He has been performing in different venues in and around Los Angeles, such as the famous Century Club in Century City, the Granada Ballroom, Hollywood Park Casino, just to name a few. He has also been a featured artist on the syndicated television show, KJLA's "Adelante Hispanos." His music has also been played on various radio stations in Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as the internet radio stations, noting that his show is live and backed by the well known Son Y Clave Orchestra that recorded the music for his album "Africaribe Soy."


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