Cameroon top singer Lapiro de Mbanga is dead


In yet another blow to African music, one of Cameroon’s best-known singers, who spent three years in jail for his role in anti-government protests, has died in exile in the U.S.

Lapiro de Mbanga, 56, died from cancer.
Lapiro de Mbanga’s song, Constipated Constitution, was banned after it became an anthem of the 2008 protests.
He was jailed after being convicted of taking part in riots, in which at least 40 people are said to have died. He always denied the charges.

On his release, he was given asylum in the U.S.
Despite the 2008 protests, the constitution was changed to let President Paul Biya seek re-election. He remains in power, aged 81.
De Mbanga, born Pierre-Roger Lambo, was a member of the opposition Social Democratic Front.
He sang and rapped in pidgin – a mixture of English, French and local languages.

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