Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
African music style developed in the Ivory Coast '70s. Francophone Africa was dominated by the music of Zaire; apart from a variety of trad. styles the Ivory Coast had not developed a distinctive national style until Ernesto Djedje (1948-83) combined local elements with Congolese rhythms to make an Ivorian sound since known as ziglibithy: slightly slower than makossa, with a curious jerky character, ziglibithy became the national music of the Ivory Coast. He made pro debut '63, formed first band '64; to Paris '68, recorded "Anoma' '70, returned home '72. Classic LPs Ziglibithy and Zibote '77 launched the new style. By '82 one of the most influential musicians in the country, he scored with huge hit "Taxi Sognon' and was honoured by President Houphouet Boigny for contribution to national culture but died suddenly. Younger stars maintained appeal of style, incl. J.B. Zibodi on LP Wazie Meo, Blissi Tebil on hit Ziglibithy La Continue: Homage … Ernesto Djedje, singer Luckson Padaud on Bithye '82, AgnonNouke, Hommage … Ernesto Djedje; soon there were hundreds: the style seemed secure.