Mourning a Musical Dissident

The story of Cameroon’s late ‘Guitar Man,’ who spent his life fighting to take down a brutal autocrat.

Lapiro de Mbanga, the great Cameroonian musician, political prisoner, and champion of human rights, died of cancer this past Sunday, March 16, in Buffalo, New York. Known as “Ndinga Man” to millions of Cameroonians, Lapiro escaped President Paul Biya’s regime in 2012, after three years of political imprisonment. He received asylum in the United States with the help of a global campaign for his freedom.