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February
24

Neat & Mane frontline singer Vivid Smith has collaborated with rapper Cleo Grae to deliver an appealing version of Teniola’s hit song “Case”. A perfect vocal performance and lyrical punch , contextualized in a purely Cameroonian style is what makes this release worthwhile. Vivid Smith is arguably one of the most consistent artists right now.

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February
2

Daphne is apparently one the most successful female artists in central Africa. Her humble start from No Hits No records in Buea to getting signed by Stevens music has been a journey of enormous struggle , resilience and patience. The multi award winning artist is serving a lesson to you never to give up on your goal and showing gratitude for her success. Boy Tag’s rap artistry adds a spicy vibe to “alleluia” . 

Videos directed by Dr Nkeng Stephens.

We take another shot !


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February
1

Omega records songstress Ewube has unveiled her much anticipated tune titled “Cherie coco ” produced by CFX.  The song depicts undying passion and commitment. Ewube drifts from her usual dancehall style to something thumping for the clubs to jive  to. The video is simply amazing. Shot by Adah Akenji.


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January
29

After much-acclaimed “Belleh weh” , Award-winning Gospel singer Prosper Menko just released a brand new video dubbed “Toquer” directed by Adah Akenji. Quite edifying tune.

Enjoy !


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December
26

The Voice Francophone laureate  FUL got signed by legendary R&B singer Singuila’s label GC. He just dropped his debut single fresh outta the label titled “Elle n’a  d’yeux que pour moi”.

Video directed Dr Nkeng Stephens. 

Enjoy ! 


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December
15

Mellow-voice songstress Labi has churned out her debut single titled “Position”. The Bikutsi /Afro-pop melange brings out her uniqueness and unmatched artistry.  

A perfect  shindig tune in which she describes different erotic positions to get her highly emotionally triggered.  Labi ‘s emphatic debut is a breath of fresh air for  the music industry.  Song produced by DJ Karl and video directed by Merlin Caren. 

Enjoy! 


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November
25

The 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA held in Accra, Ghana on November, 24, 2018 had in attendance music stars, dignitaries, and music lovers across the continent, the annual music event seeks to celebrate and reward African talents who have done exceedingly well in the year. 

With a total of 36 categories, the 5th AFRIMA winners are culled from the Regional and Continental categories. In addition, special recognition awards fully decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA is awarded to individuals who have impacted positively to the world using their craft. 

The 5th AFRIMA Legendary awards was given to the internationally recognized South African singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The music legend, who is “dubbed Princess of Africa” has a career span of over 30 years with several hit albums, has performed for notable personalities within and outside the country. 

Executive Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode was awarded a special recognition for his contributions towards the growth and development of the Arts and Tourism sector of Lagos state, most importantly the role Lagos state played as official host of AFRIMA in its last 4 years from 2014 – 2017. 

In what turned out to be an emotional moment for the audience, a special recognition awards was given to one of Ghana’s music veteran, Teddy Osei, the leader of the famous Osadebe group, an Atropop band created in 1969. The veteran who was helped to the stage in a wheelchair had been suffering from a mild stroke, but was overwhelmed by such great honour. 

REGIONAL CATEGORY

Best Female Artiste in Central Africa

Daphne / Cameroon / Jusqu’à La Gare

Best Male Artiste in Central Africa

-Fally Ipupa / DRC / Mannequin Ft Keback & Naz

Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa

-Betty G / Ethiopia / Mengedegna

Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa

-Bebe Cool / Uganda / Freedom

Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa

-Lyna Mahyem ft Medi Meyz /Algeria / Bye Bye

Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa

-Hamza El Fadly / Morocco / Ya Mraya

Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa

-Shekhinah / South Africa / Please Mr

Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa

-Nasty C / South Africa / Jungle

Best Female Artiste in Western Africa

-Tiwa Savage / Nigeria / Ma Lo Ft. Wizkid & Spellz

Best Male Artiste in Western Africa

-Davido / Nigeria / Fia

CONTINENTAL CATEGORY

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

-Betty G / Ethiopia / Wegegta

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

-Davido / Nigeria / FIA

BEST AFRICAN VIDEO

-Sesan / Gringo (Shatta Wale) / Nigeria

BEST AFRICAN ACT IN DIASPORA

-Hazel Mak / Malawi / Jaiva Ft. Roberto & Tay Grin

BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION

-GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo / Ghana-Nigeria / Akwaaba

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY

-Kidi / Ghana / Odo Remix Ft. Mayorkun & Davido

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN DANCE OR CHOREOGRAPHY

-Mr P. / Nigeria / Ebeano

BEST AFRICAN DJ

-Afrotronix / Chad / OyO

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ELECTRO

-Master KG / South Africa / Skeleton Move Ft. Zanda Zakuza

BEST AFRICAN DUO, GROUP OR BAND

– Toofan / Togo / Money

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN HIP HOP

-M.ANIFEST FT KING PROMISE / Ghana / ME NE WOA

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN JAZZ

-Sibusiso Mashiloane / South Africa / Niza

BEST AFRICAN RAPPER OR LYRICIST

-Falz / Nigeria / La Fête

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN POP

-2Baba / Nigeria / Amaka Ft. Peruzzi

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN RAGGA, REGGAE & DANCEHALL

-Stonebwoy / Ghana / Hero

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN R ‘N’ B & SOUL

-Praiz / Nigeria / Champagne and Flowers

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ROCK

– Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh / Egypt / Ekaa Maksour

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN TRADITIONAL

-Irene Namatovu / Uganda / Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

-Sandra Nankoma / Uganda / Kaddugala

BEST MALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

-Sarkodie / Ghana / Glory Ft. Yung

MOST PROMISING ARTISTE IN AFRICA

-Kuami Eugene / Ghana / Confusion

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

-Fresh VDM / Togo / Fia

REVELATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

-Betty G / Ethiopia / Ere Manew

SONG OF THE YEAR

-GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo / Akwaaba / Ghana

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

-Shekhinah Donell, Amon Taulo Chibiya II / South Africa / Different Ft. Mariechan

AFRICAN FANS’ FAVOURITE

-Nedy Music / Tanzania / One and Only Ft. Ruby


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November
17

 

Outstanding lyricist Mic Monsta serves it red hot with his banging club vibe titled “Change ya style” featuring Dready Christ. 

Enjoy 


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November
17

Blanche Bailly continues her smooth musical journey with a brand new tune titled “Ndolo”. The “mimbayeur” hitmaker delivers sultry vocals and heart- soothing lyrics on this masterpiece.

The song was produced by young talented producer McCoy and video directed by Nkeng Stephens.

Enjoy


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November
1

The Cameroon music ecosystem has gradually become incredibly bankable. Artists now generate a great income flow from digital sales, licensing, live performances, endorsements and merchandising.
However, artists should prioritize creating multiple streams of income
in order not to fall prey of moving from riches to rags . Be smart.
Apparently, the artists that will survive financially when their careers are on the downswing are those that invested in diverse income generating activities.
When some artists start basking in fame, hugely solicited for shows and enjoy the spotlight , they indulge in a lavish , extravagant lifestyle and impulsive spending which creates a deep dent in their finances.
The first bankruptcy I ever learned about as a child was that of MC Hammer, who burned through millions in the wake of the success of “U Can’t Touch This”. Sure, it was a catchy pop hit and the video’s harem trousers were a look, but that wasn’t enough to fund MC Hammer’s rumoured 90-person entourage, $20m mansion (£19m in current terms) and tax payments. In 1996, he owed more than $13m (£12.6m today), while owning about $9m (£8.7m today) in assets.
TLC that sold platinum in the 90’s , 7 times grammy award winner and In da club billboard chart topper 50 cent filed for bankruptcy.
A myriad of makossa artists who saturated the national media outlet crtv and tele podium in the 90s are now languishing in the mire of poverty and destitution after their careers waned.
Our present day celebs are cashing in from their tours and endorsements but trust me if care isn’t taken, they might end up asylum seekers abroad , end up getting married to “oyibo” women , or look for odd jobs to sustain their lives. That’s exactly what’s happening with many makossa artists who made chart-topping hits when the genre was en vogue.
It’s quite apparent that there shall be a time when you will no longer make hits , that moment you feel the gods of hits are against you. You shall see the money you made dwindle to bankruptcy and you get back to zero . Getting bankrupt is a pitfall in an artist’s life. Create multiple streams of income.
The Cameroon music industry hasn’t a well established copyright structure where artists can amass huge profit from royalties even when they ain’t making hits. The defunct SOCAM to present day OGC created in 2017, have shown no salient results .
In Nigeria, the copyright society COSON ensures artists reap their royalties .
Alpha Better Records can be lauded for being on the right path.
The record label is bossed by a business-oriented person Salatiel . He has created multiple streams of cash flow that will guarantee the sustainability of his career in the long run. Alpha Better recording studio is great asset.
Mr Leo has established a profitable bar/restaurant business in Buea and other assets that give him absolute financial equilibrium aside his music hustle.
In a Cameroon where the copyright system is marred, be smart and acquire invest your money .

 


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