RIP Vincent Nguini

Paul Simon guitarist dies after battling liver cancer

By Gary Graff
December 18, 2017

Vincent Nguini, the African-born guitarist who’s been part of Paul Simon’s band since 1987, has passed away at the age of 65 from liver cancer. Nguini died on Dec. 8 in Abadiania, Brazil, but his death has only been made public now.

In a statement, Simon said that: “Vincent Nguini was the most creative musician I’ve ever worked with…an extraordinarily melodic rhythm guitarist. By that I mean his rhythm parts were usually repetitive lines — very West African — rather than strumming chords. His style was unique and can’t be fully understood except by the most sophisticated players.”

Born in Cameroon, Nguini moved to Paris during 1978, where he worked as a session musician and became musical director for Manu Dibango. He met Simon after moving to New York in 1987, playing on his albums The Rhythm Of The Saints, The Capeman, You’re The One and Surprise, and was part of 11 Simon tours.

Nguini also worked with Jimmy Buffett and Peter Gabriel and self-released solo albums.