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June
21

Ace Cameroonian singer , songwriter and producer Mister Elad has resurfaced with a sensational musical opus titled “For my head” under PMatt imprint  . He displays his versatility and outstanding vocal performance on this Afro-beat ballad. Mister Elad is making an emphatic comeback after “Gimme dat”. Mister  Elad is renown for penning , collaborating and producing songs for Museba, Nernos, Jovi, Blanche Bailly and many more. 


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June
18

VIDEO: ABZ – HOSANA

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After a sizzling tune “Holy liar” served in April 2019, Legaci Company  boss Abz continues his musical journey with another thumping gratitude song dubbed “Hosanna” . The adept producer , rapper and singer is verifiably one of Cameroon’s most consistent artists.

Enjoy !


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June
7

Tzy Panchak’s “Na so” tune has been trending and a plethora of remixes and covers have surfaced on Youtube. Tzy has joined forces with some of these talented artists to churn out a sizzling version of the song . It features Cleo Grae, Vernyuy Tina and Vivid. 

The vocals and lyrical artistry is worthwhile. Video packaged by Mr Adrenaline. 

Enjoy 


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June
7

VIDEO: LOCKO – KATANA

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Universal Music artist Locko has unveiled the much-anticipated album dubbed “Cloud 9”. The video of his lead single “Katana” off the album has been released directed by NS Pictures. 

Enjoy ! 

 


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June
5

The Cameroon entertainment industry is in profound shock after information streamed in of the death of renown video director Regis Talla. 

He allegedly died after suffering from a cardiac arrest.  

Regis Talla garnered fame for his show-stopping video concepts and impeccable images. He had worked with Maahlox on “Tu as combien” , “Tu es dedans”, and “La bosse”. 

His absence will create a great vacuum in the entertainment industry.  

R.I.P REGIS 


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May
8

VIDEO: ZINNIA – OVERLOAD

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Cameroonian super diva Zinnia has unveiled the visuals of her thumping mid tempo tune titled “Overload” . The former Mutzig Star laureate blows our minds with sultry vocals and soul-touching lyrics. The audio of the song has amassed over 3 millions views on YouTube , charting charts in Fiji and the anticipation for the video has been overly high. The video is simply amazing.

Enjoy and share !


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May
8

Flyhabit gained accolades after his infectious jam titled “Mullah”. The song became a street anthem and the Douala-based artist ain’t stopping yet. “Second chance ” is his new opus getting attention. His lyrical artistry , style and delivery are worthwhile. 

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May
6

 

In 2017, Pascal severed ties with Jovi’s New Bell Music and later inked a record deal with Strange Kings . He churned out “Paapi” and “Benediction” under the imprint which was a complete swerve from his original style under Jovi’s  mentorship and according to pundits fell short of what people expected from him.   Pascal’s relationship with Strange Kings gradually deteriorated to a level where he was filed a law suit by the label for breaching the contract. 

Things have never been the same since Pascal left New Bell Music.  His popularity and following has gradually dwindled like a candle taper. He incurred huge debts while under Strange Kings and could only regain poise when he dropped “Pikin 4 Sun” EP.  

Pascal has been through a career ordeal and he seems to have learned from his mistakes . 

Sunday , May 5th, the “Check sense” crooner Pascal took to Twitter to declare he misses every second working with Jovi. This has triggered reactions from fans. 

He is now showing respect, remorse , admitting responsibility and trying to make amends with Jovi. 

 

From Jovi’s responses to Pascal’s tweets , he apparently felt hurt by Pascal’s actions and innuendos after he left New Bell Music. His reaction insinuates the fact that Pascal has been claiming creative authorship of the song “Check sense” . Jovi has come out to clarify how the sing came about .

Pascal who appears susceptible has acquiesced to Jovi’s massive influence on his career and showed gratitude for all he’s done for him. 

Jovi is still hurt but willing to let go the past. He has accepted  Pascal’s apology still mentioning him has his best rapper .

 


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April
2

The advent of digital music production has rendered music production affordable and easy. No doubt , our burgeoning music industry has witnessed the sprouting up of a plethora of record labels both major scale and indie scale.
Artists are often lured into inking record deals as this often comes with the splendour of accomplishing their dreams to churn out chart-topping hits, sealing performance deals, bagging endorsements etc . Signing record deals require utter caution and discernment. Don’t get carried by the upfront signing bonuses you receive from the label and think you are already succeeding. That might sometimes be a facade to ensnare your career.
When you get signed, some labels give you an advance fund to buy clothes , your upkeep , rent a house or even buy a car . Don’t be fooled. This money is just part of their investment budget to be recouped when you start selling records, getting performance deals or endorsement. The label takes into consideration all its expenses like promotion fees , recording session payments , video shoot payments and branding. That’s why when an artist is no longer making commercially appealing music, the label gets frustrated .
Anyway, we have exceptional cases where “Ngess men” create labels just to garner fame, get the girls and don’t really care about the profit margin. No stakes .
The failure to gauge the terms of the contract and how it will affect your career is usually a pitfall for many Cameroonian artists .
Most of these deals are signed by artists without consulting a lawyer for professional legal advice and the outcome has been overly ruinous. You get yourself screwed and handcuffed in a dungeon . Getting a legal practitioner is a preemtive tactic against ruthless record label owners .
Some artists are under labels based on friendship without formal contracts under the pretext of “just cam make we di work, we see how e go be ” or some informal pronouncements and engagements.
Over the years, artists have been severing ties with their record labels and we’ve been trying to decipher the reasons for their unprecedented exit .
Signing a deal is quite challenging. You are compelled to write hit songs, sometimes your creative direction is swerved .
You hear things like “You have to sound a little like Daphne or write the Calee kind of song ” , “Write a song with French lines ” , “I’m not feeling the song at all” etc .
What about doing a song you think is good enough to make a groundbreaking hit and the label decides to keep it in the computer without releasing it for years or you drop a song and it’s not getting any promotion . Quite frustrating for the artist right ?
The phenomenon of labels keeping your song without releasing it has been highly debatable. Artists in EU countries are even proposing the ” use-it-or-lose-it” clause in record deals which means if a label is not making a song available to the public, the label returns the song to the artist.
Most artists fall prey to the whims and caprices of label owners simply because they are ignorant .
Some other artists them di enter shock so, na over sabi.
Before signing a record deal , artists should be aware of some basic elements of a typical recording contract.
– The term of the contract. This simply means how long the contract will last. This is determined by the record label depending on how many albums you’ll be recording. But I’ll advice Artists not to sign for more than one year. Could be renewable. By limiting it to one year, you prevent the label from effectively controlling your life and creative direction for an unreasonable duration . Keep your options open. One never knows the future.
-The territory. This refers to the geographical area the label is allowed to sell your music.
-Exclusivity. This gives the label exclusive right to all the artists recorded performances in video and audio during the term of the contract.
– Artist royalties and mechanical royalties . Artist royalties are paid to the artist for his recorded performances while mechanical royalties are paid to the songwriters/publishers of the songs. Artists need to know that the contract has to specify a certain percentage to be paid to them each time he is booked for a gig or gets an endorsement. These details need to be well spelled out to eschew the embarrassment and injury .
– All Recording , video and promotion costs shall be covered by the label .
Why am I saying all these ?
After signing a deal with Universal Records Africa November 2017, we have witnessed Tenor’s relevance and fame dwindling after he had established a fan lovemark with hits. Locko who also signed to the same label last year is now pining and wanting himself out of the label . He even posted on Facebook a week ago that he’s thinking of quitting music . Infact, label fit give you high blood when you sign blindly .
Glancing through my Facebook timeline , a post of Phillbill decrying exploitation in the music industry caught my attention .
Phillbill is an ace songwriter, producer and singer whom in my humble opinion enormously contributed to the success and bliss Pit Bacardi is currently basking in.
He was supposed to sign a dual contract with different clauses with the label as (Dianee) of Rythmz , the singer and as his alter ego Phillbill , the music producer and songwriter.
In this light , Phillbill was supposed to earn both artist and mechanical royalties from the label.
I’m sure he hasn’t been paid for all the instrumentals he’s been producing for Empire Company till the recent POWER project.
Since a label is normally supposed to pay for all record production costs , I believe Pit Bacardi was to pay Phillbill upfront for every song he produces and pay Kezzy for every song he mixes and masters under the label.
Some record deals turn you into a slave . If you fetish being signed by a label, please be wise.


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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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