The golden voice of Cameroon, Anne Marie Nzie, dies at 84

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Anne Marie NzieSinger Anne Marie Nzie, known as the golden voice of Cameroon, has died. She was 84.

Nzie died on Tuesday at a hospital where she was being treated since May 8 after succumbing to illness, the government said.

Cameroon’s minister of arts and culture, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, said on Wednesday that Nzie was a musical heroine who will always be remembered for advocating for rights to freedom since Cameroon’s independence from France in 1960.

“With her beautiful and attractive voice she stood courageously for Cameroon’s independence from French colonial masters and advocated for the respect of human rights and dignities.

At that time it needed courage,” he said. “It is a great loss to Cameroon.”

Nzie was known for her role in promoting Cameroon’s Bikutsi music and for defending human rights.