Born on September 10th 1969, in Yaounde , Albert Tjamag a.k.a Menelik is a French rapper of Cameroonian descent. He immigrated to France together which his family in 1979.
He gained the attention of British DJ, Gilles Peterson. Menelik became very popular on the jazz rap scene at the time and worked with many international artists like RPM, English band from Brighton; and No Sé, Cologne, German group .
He released his first album in 1995 titled ”Phénomenelik” at Jimmy Jay Records, which was licensed at Sony Music. Menelik became the first signing of the label “Soul Circle” by Philippe Desindes which became “S.M.A.L.L ”
With songs like ”tout baigne” and “Quelle adventure” he was an opening act for MC Solaar followed by a tour in over 10 countries in West Africa , Europe, the United States, and Canada. In 1996, he was crowned Best Male Newcomer of the Year .
His second album ”Je me souviens” proliferated in stores in 1997. The first single “Faut se lacher” did not get much attention as the previous release.
In the fall, the label boss ,Philippe Desindes was surprised to see the single still topping t