Petit-Pays, developed a passion for music and dance from a very early age. At the age of 14 he was performing at at school concerts, joining a choir to learn to perfect his vocal range.
This same desire to learn took him to France in 1985, where he endeavoured to study law. However, it was his love of music that pushed him forward towards a rewarding and successful career, which really took off in 1987, when he teamed up with the producer Eyabé Kwedi to launch his first album called Haoussa. His music has evolved over the years adapting to contemporary African genres. He mixes native Cameroonian makossa with soukous, zouk, and salsa, leading to the portmanteau label of makozouk for some of his music.
He has a band, known as Petit Pays et Les Sans Visa, which has seen several band members moving on to start their own solo careers over the 1990s and 2000s (decade). It includes artists like Jojo Moussio, Samy Diko, Kaissa Pakito, Samantha Fok, Guy Manu, Njohreur, Xavier Lagaf, Mathematik, Sony 007 and Mony Eka and lots of other successful Makossa musicians.
He is the self crowned king of Makossa. In one of his songs, “Le Jour de ma Mort” (The Day I Die) from the album Class FM and other songs, he compares himself to Fela Kuti of Nigeria, Alpha Blondy of Côte d’Ivoire, Salif Keita of Mali and Youssou N’dour of Senegal. He always gives credit to legends like Francis Bebey, Eboa Lotin and Manu Dibango.
He is known for his sometimes controversial album covers, lyrics and dressing. He caused a stir in the mid-1990s when he posed naked for his album cover King of Makossa (Love Class FM).
In 2015, he launched his reality Tv series titled ‘Ma vie de superstar’ where he lets his fans into his superstar lifestyle.