Radio Africa
Abdoul Karim "Chuck Berry" Camara
- in memoriam

Abdoul Karim Camara has passed away. He died in Conakry on September 23 2014 after a long illness. One of the great characters of Guinean music, “Chuck Berry”, as he was known to all, was a lead vocalist in the federal orchestra Bafing Jazz de Mamou, before being recruited to Keletigui et ses Tambourinis in the early 1970s. Here he fronted the stage along with the vocalists Babadjan Kaba and Ange Miguel. He was with the orchestra until the late 1990s, when he left for Dakar to further pursue his career. He returned to the Tambourinis in 2007, and also sang with the groups Gombo Jazz and African Groove. His love of Cuban music was evident in these smaller ensembles - he was the sonero - and he continued performing until 2012.

“Chuck Berry” lived his life for music. Many who went to La Paillote in the last decade would have met him there. He loved a good time and he was generous with his affection. He will be missed by all.

My condolescences to his friends and family, and may he rest in peace.

A video of Chuck Berry singing with Keletigui et ses Tambourinis is here.