Wes Madiko Passes Away

Wes Madiko

Tributes have been pouring for the world music legend bowed out of the stage last weekend after undergoing surgery at a health facility in France

 The music world got up to the shocking news of the passing away of iconic Cameroonian singer, Wes Madiko who passed away in the early hours of Saturday, June 26 at a clinic in Paris, France at the age of 57.

The singer is reported to have contracted an infection while undergoing medical treatment at a health facility.

Though off the scene in the past years, the singer had engraved his name in the music world with hits like “Alane” which made him tour the world

Born on January 15, 1964 in Matoba, a locality in the Littoral region, Wes Madiko already showed signs of a talented artiste just at the age of 10 when he began singing for several groups in his village.

He caught the eye of some tourist during a public event and he soon moved to Europe where he later formed the Fokoly group alongside Benjamin Valfroy and Jo Sene. With this group, Wes Madiko toured the world and seduced many with his voice.

However, the turning point in his career came when he met producer and founder of Deep Forest Michel Sanchez in the early ‘90s in the United States of America.

In 1997, Wes Madiko stole hearts when he released the album Welenga with the song Alane going on to be a classic. With the success that followed, Wes Madiko became only the second African artiste to win the diamond award in France while going on to win several international awards in world music.




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