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Like A Friend

by Jean-Pierre Simons

A sweet blend of the triangular African, Latin and European flavor with a sprinkle of the American spirit. It is Makossa-Funk, it is Afro-Pop
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Aime-moi
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JEAN-PIERRE SIMONS is an international Artist from Cameroon by way of Paris, France. His music experiences began early in his life, performing at annual school and community feasts. Jean-Pierre formed a band at age fifteen and used all of his free time endeavoring in music composition and song writing.In 1974, he joined a semi-professional orchestra playing feasts and marriages. He was later selected as lead vocalist in the Junior college band , the ” Lycée Polyvalent’s Band”. Jean-Pierre also performed regularly at weekly jam sessions sponsored by the French Cultural Center in Douala. He was voted “ Best New Artist” for four consecutive weeks. This became the catalyst for his professional career.

Jean-Pierre’s big break came in 1977 when he was contracted to perform as lead vocalist at “CLUB LA JUNGLE”, a renowned Cameroon area hot spot. Jean-Pierre was a “ LA JUNGLE” regular for four years. In 1981 he went to Europe and was admitted to “ L’ECOLE NORMALE DE MUSIQUE ALFRED CORTOT”, a prestigious Parisian Conservatory, on Boulevard Malesherbes. He studied Harmony, Solfeggio and later endeavored in Arranging.

In 1985, Jean-Pierre produced and released a Single “ BROKEN-HEART” and “ A HEART IN LOVE “, through his own label “Victory Productions” (later renamed “Sighe’s Victory Productions). Both songs were hits in several African countries. Most notably,” BROKEN-HEART “ remained No 1 on Africa Number One (a prestigious international radio station in Africa, based in Gabon) for several weeks.

What brought Jean-Pierre to America after seven years in France? “The USA is the real place for music. As a musician, I was drawn to the creative climate that encourages producing and publishing original musical work”


Jean-Pierre’s music combines African melodies and rhythms from Cameroon (such as Makossa, Lali and others), with European & American styles of music arrangement. ” Music cannot be confined to the narrow space of one’s own country or people. It is a universal gift of God to mankind.”

In 2002, Jean-Pierre released another Single with two tracks :”Like A Friend” and “Aime-Moi”, designed to herald a full album (just completed and soon to be released…stay tuned).



Jean-Pierre est né à Douala, au Cameroun. La musique exerce sur lui une attirance nette, et dès l’age de 13 ans, il compose déjà ses premières chansons.
En 1974, il est engagé comme chanteur dans un groupe semi-professionnel, “The Black Singers”, poursuivant parallèlement ses études comme tous les adolescents de son âge. Son parcours scolaire l’amène au Lycée Polyvalent de Bonabéri , où, grandissant académiquement et musicalement, il devient le chanteur du groupe musical, représentant le Lycée dans plusieurs manifestations. C’est ainsi d’ailleurs qu’il est remarqué par un guitariste professionnel réputé. Celui-ci joue plus tard un rôle pivot dans la vie du jeune chanteur et lui donne l’opportunité de s’embarquer dans la voie du musicien professionnel.

Jean-Pierre participe à plusieurs concours pour le “Meilleur Artiste Auteur-Compositeur”, organisé par le Centre Culturel Français à Douala; Il est sélectionné “Meilleur Artiste” pendant plusieurs semaines consécutives Ses talents de compositeur sont alors à cette occasion, révélés.
Le tournant décisif de sa carrière vient en 1977, lorsque le guitariste, mentionné plus-haut (surnommé “Petit Emma”) du prestigieux Cabaret “La Jungle” à Douala l’invite à venir passer une audition. L’audition terminée, il est engagé sur place, et le soir même, fait ses débuts. Il y reste quatre ans. Ce contact avec “La Jungle” est pour Jean-Pierre, un véritable catalyseur. Il y découvre le professionnalisme!

En 1981, Jean-Pierre prend l’importante décision de quitter son pays pour la France. Accepté au prestigieux Conservatoire de l’Ecole Normale de Musique ALFRED CORTOT, au Boulevard Malesherbes à Paris, Il y étudie le Solfège, l’Harmonie et s’adonne plus tard à l’Arrangement.
En 1985, il enregistre un Maxi 45 T, “Broken Heart” et “A Heart In Love”. Ces deux titres sont alors au hit-parade dans plusieurs pays Africains. “Broken Heart” est notamment numéro un pendant plusieurs semaines sur la station de radio Africa Number 1.

Jean-Pierre s’envole aux Etats-Unis en 1988, attiré par le climat de grande compétition dans le monde de la musique (et dans d’autres domaines également), qui caractérise ce pays. Il y poursuit sans relâche son destin de musicien.

En 2002, Jean-Pierre Simons a publié un Single avec deux titres : « Like A Friend » & « Aime-Moi ». Ce Single a été conçu pour être l’annonciateur d’un album complet (qui vient d’être terminé en Décembre 2005 et dont la parution est pour très bientôt… Gardez l’oreille à l‘écoute !)


La musique de Jean-Pierre combine très élégamment, les mélodies et rythmes Africains ( tels que le Makossa…Lali… et d’autres) avec des saveurs Européennes et Américaines. “La musique, dit, Jean-Pierre Simons, ne saurait être confinée dans des étroitesses ethniques et nationales. Elle est un glorieux cadeau universel. Quelle merveille!”


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nass D

Des échos
J’éteint ma chaîne, je range le CD, et je sort dehors.
J’entend alors les échos de « aime-moi », ses harmonies me suivent partout .
Une très jolie chanson!

Tony III

Very Well done, Flash is quite interesting, love the heart resolve
Just browsing the other day I touched on this site and another. I was initially interested in the Flash presentation but the song was delightful. My 16 month old son brought me back to the computer room to play it again for him. The visual presentation with the music enhances it so much better than the stock top 40 crap we have continually stuffed down our faces/ears in America. Keep up the great work both musically and visually. Tony III

i love Aime-moi. It is really
i love Aime-moi. It is really
beautiful and quite separate from Quiereme. So romantic
> > and the arrangement is wonderful with the African touch and your creative
lyrics. Your singing is very soft and sweet and
> > also uplifting and dreamy to create the mood of the song. That one is my
favorite but Like a Friend is a nice piece, too.

Bud Ayers

Loved the song Amei- Moi
I enjoyed listening to Amei-Moi. Being a ballroom dancer the Latin Rythm caught my attention. Hearing it in French gave it a slightly different flavor from the Spanish version.


i smiled the first time the opening bars of "Aime-Moi" graced my apartment. it's palpably warm-- mangoes, cinnamon, nutmeg-- and at the same time ethereal, like fairies rising from a mist. the vocals SOAR, carry the listener with them. "like a friend" brings you back down to earth, in celebration of connectedness, loving-kindness.

Richard Gwananji

I am generally appreciative of Jean-Pierre Simons's music because of the blend o

Jules Mbe

"Aime-Moi" is riveting!!!


Upbeat... puts a smile on everyone's face
I love the combination of the instruments. I can listen to the music over and over again......

George D

This CD is the one to play again and again with no dimunition of pleasure or of discovery.


Tender Rapture! Simons music takes you there...
"Voulez vous ... ce soir"! La musique de JP Simons vous inspirera d'autres syllabes... to say it tenderly...
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