Wes Madiko, better known as Wes, died on Friday June 25, 2021 in Paris. The sad news was announced by the French group Deep Forest on Facebook: “I am very sad to announce the passing of Wes Madiko… We collaborated on a few songs, we did a world tour, I have a memory of him laughing and jumping on stage. Rest in peace Wes”. According to various sources, the Cameroonian singer died in the afternoon, in a clinic where he was undergoing surgery, following a nosocomial infection.
Wes Madiko began his musical career with the group Kwa Kwassi from his village Moutaba. He was then spotted by a group of tourists who decided to bring him to Europe. A year after his arrival, he created the Fakol group and performed in many countries. In the 90s, it is in the USA that he knows the success with the album Read, produced by Michel Sanchez, founder of Deep Forest, met in the North where the singer lived with his family.
The hit “Alane” propels him to the top of the charts in 1997
Two years after the hexagonal and planetary box of the Macarena, it is Wes who propels his title “Alane” as the hit of the summer. And the famous choreographer Mia Frye is in the game again in a clip pushed by TF1 at the time. Nearly 1.5 million copies were then sold in France, and 10 million worldwide.
This hit will also experience a second youth in 2020 thanks to German DJ-remixer Robin Schulz. “Robin Schulz contacted me via Sony Music, explains Wes to the site Actu.fr. “He has loved this song since he was 10 years old. We met in Paris and had a great time laughing together and talking about music. We then went to his studio in Germany. I re-recorded Alane’s ensemble and he worked on his side for the interpretation while respecting the song and this language, Bantu Kana. I am always very moved to see that she can give so much joy and happiness to all humanity. “, he said then.
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