With a French mother and a Cameroonian father, cross-culture is at the very roots of his creative talent, constantly renewed by travel and encounters with musicians and dancers in Europe and the USA. But Africa is still the source and dominant culture in his artistic expression.
Manuel “Wambo” Wandji born in Nancy (France) where his father studies.
1970, the family goes to Cameroon where Manuel discovers his second homeland, settling down in Yaounde. A time of real musical education begins as he opens himself to the world and sounds of the equatorial forests and traditional music.
1975, “Wambo” (his nick-name in Cameroon) begins beating out rhythms with his school pals – first band, first concerts.
1980, return to France. While pursuing technical studies in Besançon, he discovers new musical styles and the world of dance for which he continues to compose today (ACCRORAP Co.)