Prince Nico Mbarga

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Prince Nico Mbarga

Highlife musician, born to a Nigerian mother and a Cameroonian father in Abakaliki, Nigeria add

Category: Music

Born in 1950.

Countries: UK (50%), Africa (25%), (25%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: England, African popular music

Linked to: BBC, EMI, Category:Road incident deaths in Nigeria




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Prince Nico Mbarga was born in 1950 add something


He played the xylophone, conga, drums, and electric guitar in school bands and he made his professional debut as a member of a hotel band, the Melody Orchestra, in 1970 add something


After releasing a disappointing single in 1973, Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz had their first success with their second single, "I No Go Marry My Papa," which became a regional hit add something


In the six years that Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz remained with Rogers All Stars, 1975 to 1981, they recorded nine albums add something


Although he only recorded one significant hit, "Sweet Mother," in 1976, which sold more than 13 million copies , Mbarga played an important role in the evolution of African popular music add something


Temporarily relocating to England in 1982, Mbarga became known for his flamboyant, 1970s glam rock-inspired performances add something

Prince Nico Mbarga died in 1997 add something


Prince Nico Mbarga was killed in a motorcycle accident on June 24, 1997, leaving behind "Sweet Mother" as the most popular song amongst Nigerians ://www add something