Atna Njock, alias Zekhul, was born in Quebec. As the grandson of a traditional chel, he is an innate carrier and guarantor of the tradition of the language of tones.

He grew up in Cameroon in Central Africa where he was initiated and immersed in the musical traditions of several African and Cameroonian ethnic groups. Including his Bàsàa tribe and the Baka Pygmies near his village Kaya.

Later, he learned the Western tonal system and the musical notions of jazz, pop, classical, and contemporary musical varieties of the world.


Guitars, balafons, Mbè (long skin drum), NKuu or African telephone, are his favorite instruments. The NKuu (pronounced Nkou), called the African Telephone, is a slotted wooden drum that reproduces spoken languages ​​with its tones using the language of tones and ancestral rhythmic codes. It was used to communicate between villages.


Singer-songwriter Atna writes and composes the playing of each instrument and vocals. Each composition speaks the language of ancestral Cameroonian musical traditions. Among the Bàsàa, the “Bolbo” dance is a musical ritual of encounters. He shares this approach in his WorldJazz music from the language of tones and Bolbo whose time and mode of expression are everyday life, diversity and spirituality.