Oscar Elimbi


Oscar Elimbi was born in Cameroun in the early 1950's. He started his career in 1971, playing the Guitar, as part of a young Soul and Funk combo. His career took him on tour all across Cameroon, working as a super-session-man. He once famously backed Soul legend, Manu Dibango on one of his tours of in Cameroon.

Elimbi moved to Nigeria in the early 1980's, as part of the migratory wave of talent from Cameroun, that included the great Nkono Teles and late Bass virtuoso, Basil Barrap. He worked with a succession of acts such as Tyna Onwudiwe, until he pitched his tent as Lead Guitarist of the Kabassa Band, led by multi-talented Nigerian Diva, Onyeka Onwenu. Elimbi went on to arrange and perform on several of Onyeka's hits, including the evergreen "One love", "Ekwe", "Iyogogo", "Jesu ti gbemileke" and many others. After leaving Kabassa in 1994, he went on to a career as an Internationally sought after super session-man, working with Nigerian titans like Chris Hanen, Juwon Ogungbe, Ikenga and Ayetoro. He was to go on to record with Afrobeat superstar Tony Allen, featuring on his two albums, "Lagos no shaking" and "Secret Agent". He also recorded with British superstar, Damon Albarn, on his "Nigerian Highlife project.

Elimbi continues to tour internationally and is currently working on his debut Jazz album, due for release in 2015.


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Onyeka Onwenu - One Love
CMYaoundé, Cameroon
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Oscar Elimbi
Profile added by Ed Keazor on 11 Dec 2014