Very few Cameroon folklore artists have influenced traditional pop culture the way Bate Nico has done. With a prolific silky rhythm, Arrey Bate Nico got inspiration to sing from his grandfather who was a custodian of the Manyu culture. He uses his music genre, form and style to promote and challenge cultural taboos and norms, believing music to be the most appropriate medium to communicate, heal, and emotionally connect with people of diverse backgrounds.
Bate Nico is the fourth child of a family of seven. Born to Pa Arrey Ebot Joseph and Ma Pauline Bate of Kembong. Nico began his musical career in 1987, three years before his maiden album named “Na
Money di find money. Soon after the release of that album, Bate was on a roller coaster though with difficulties finding a major producer.
His love for music, especially folklore and translating Manyu tales did not slow down this future legend. As a writer and composer, he went on to produce 5 albums and over 30 singles.This fervant artist is guided by a career that is lively and comprehensive, showing indefatigable wit, creativity and originality of vocals.
Bate is a songwriter whose profound human experience combines hard work, culture, tradition, respect and family. He fully participates at national events like Mount Cameroon international race of hope amongst others. Bate’s musical troupe named “Ache Manyu” consist of his wife Nkongho Regina, two sons, a daughter and numerous dancers. Because of inclusion of typical traditional costumes and folklore in his rendition, the artist was nicknamed “Cultural ambassador”.
Bate's brand of folklore promotes the rich Manyu culture in an appealing sound bit. His music has enough verve vaulting his presence in homes across Manyu, Cameroon and the international scene. He displays a charming consistency on and off stage with alluring perfect and comforting tunes. The power of its catchy refrains simply makes you dance to sleep.
Bate Nico is a likeable personality with an ever pleasing smile, electrifying dance steps, great vocals and great sense of humor. His resourcefulness is a pride to his Cameroon, his peers, numerous fans around the world. It is for this reason that, this great star in the making and a future folklore legend is in great demand with concerts planned for North America, Europe and Africa.