Vincent Nguini

Vincent Nguini (July 1952 – December 8, 2017) was a Cameroonian musician and guitarist. Nguini was best known for his work with American singer-songwriter Paul Simon, with whom he recorded and toured for 30 years.

Vincent Nguini
BornJuly 1952
Obala, Cameroon
DiedDecember 8, 2017(2017-12-08) (aged 65)
Abadiânia, Brazil


Nguini was born in July 1952 in Obala, Cameroon. He grew up interested in music through African music as well as American rock and jazz artists.[1] He relocated to Paris in 1978 and began working as a session musician. He became the musical director for Manu Dibango in the late 1970s and subsequently lived in Washington, D.C.[2]

In 1987, he joined Paul Simon's band, first contributing to his 1990 album The Rhythm of the Saints. On that album, he received a co-writing credit for the song "The Coast". Throughout the next two decades, Nguini recorded with artists like Peter Gabriel and Jimmy Buffett,[3] while releasing his own albums on his own label, Nguini Records. He continued working with Simon as well, contributing to his albums and touring with him into his final years.[4]


Nguini died of liver cancer at age 65 on December 8, 2017 in Abadiânia, Brazil.[5]


  1. ^ "Vincent Nguini: guitar magician". Cameroon Tribune (in French). September 5, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "The rhythm of Paul Simon".
  3. ^ "Vincent Nguini, guitarist for Paul Simon, dead at 65". Associated Press. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nécrologie: Vincent Nguini: la note finale". Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  5. ^ Pareles, Jon (December 14, 2017). "Vincent Nguini, Guitarist With Paul Simon, Dies at 65". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2017.

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