Today marks the 27th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Cameroonian makossa artist, Nyamsi Kotto Auger Theodore, popularly known as Kotto Bass. His impact on the music scene in the 1990s, marked by records, style, and personality, continues to be felt.
Kotto Bass, born in 1963, began his musical journey as a bassist and later ventured into singing, becoming one of the prominent figures in the Makossa genre. His ability to weave compelling storylines into his songs and his distinctive style set him apart in the vibrant Cameroonian music landscape.
On November 20, 1996, Kotto Bass left this world at the age of 33, leaving behind a legacy that remains deeply embedded in the hearts of Cameroonians. His contributions as both a makossa artist and a skilled bassist have earned him a place among the best of his generation.
Hits like “Patience Competition,” “Oke Mado,” “Papa Promise,” “Edith,” “I Love Everyone,” “Bamenda,” and “Folo Folo” stand as enduring testaments to his musical prowess. These songs continue to echo in the nightclubs, snack bars, and bars of Cameroon, ensuring that the artist’s spirit lives on through his timeless music.
On this day, as we mark the 27th anniversary of Kotto Bass’s departure, let us take a moment to pay tribute to this makossa legend by listening to one of his numerous hit songs—a fitting acknowledgment of the passion and artistry he shared with the world.
As Cameroonians and the world continue to celebrate his timeless legacy, may his soul continue to rest in peace.