Born in Cameroon into a family of musicians, Henri Dikongué grew up in the capital city, Yaounde, where he learned the acoustic guitar from his uncle. His grandmother brought him to the protestant choir where he first sang. Henri sings in Douala (his parents' native city), and his most important musical influence was makossa.
Henri Dikongué has been living in France for 12 years now. He first came to Besancon to study law, but quickly abandoned it to pursue music alone. He joined the pan-African music and theater company Masques & Tam-Tam where he met actor Martin Yog, singer Alfred M'Bongo and percussionist Manuel Wandji. Then he joined Banthu Maranatha, a South African vocal group based in Besancon for which he composed several songs.