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September
29

franky p

J’ai une très grande admiration pour le Prince Franky P. Il a la voix, les lyrics et le charme. Une mini interview avec franky de son vrai nom Ekwe Ekwalla Franck Eric, revèle encore plus sur ce phenomène du RnB made in Cameroon.

Nexdim: Franky j’ai lu dans ton site web que tu t’es enfermé pendant 2 semaines pour composer produire et écrire les chansons pour ton album “ATHOME PERFORMANCE” et tu en parles même dans la chanson “Bullsh*t”. Comment t’y prends tu pour écrire et composer? Dans quel état d’esprit te trouvais tu pendant ces deux semaines?

Franky P: Bonjour en passant desolé pour ce site web que je nai pas encore mis à jour. Je le ferai dans les jours qui suivent.Oui deux semaines. Les gens s’attardent dessus et en font un record mais ce n’etait pas le but. Ce qui a facilité les choses est que je suis un producteur de son qui un jour a decidé de chanter lui même que d’enregistrer et mixer les voix d’autres artistes. Alors comment je m’y prends:
tout commence par un sequenceur et un sampleur pour creer une musique. Le tout se fesait au feeling. Ça dependait de comment ce passe ta journée, l’atmosphere, et l’état d’esprit. Et transmettre toutes ces émotions sur des notes, des écris et les voix. Athome performance viens donc de at home(à la maison) ce n’étais pas un album. C’est une experience. C’est comme un album souvenir. Remarque: je suis très different sur ma façon de poser quand je fais un album en studio. Dans celui ci, tous ceux qui y sont presents sont des gens qui venaient chez moi a l’improviste; des artistes en herbe, comme le ptit franky fresh, c’est la premiere fois qu’ils enregistrent sur un album. Tout le monde est plutôt satisfait et pour être sincere, bullsh*t est un coup de gueule. Je ne le cache pas c’est dû au fait que je ne comprends pas pour quelle raison deux rappeurs sortent des morceaux et des clips en souillant mon nom à la TV. C’est une perte de temps pour eux et une fausse guerre au lieu de se concentrer et faire de la bonne musique, ils clachent un mec qui ne sait pas si ils existent et qui ne fait pas du rap. C’est n’importe quoi!

Nexdim: Quelle chanson dans ton dernier album a été la plus difficile a composer? Et pourquoi?

Francky P: Lol! Je dirai “Bullsh*t” tout simplement parce ke ce n’était pas trop mon univers le rap mais après cette experience je dirais que ça me tente beaucoup. J’en ferai encore du rap mais un petit peu. Lol! De temps en temps.

Nexdim: Que penses-tu du progres du hip hop camer présentement?

Franky P: Sincèrement, ça évolue mais trop lentement. C’est au fait qu’il existe plus de combat que de solidaritée. D’autres travaillent et d’autres s’amusent avec l’art. Tant que nous ne prendrons pas tous notre musique au serieux, bah ce sera pareil mais c’est à la traîne. Et puis les pros se font vieux. Lol! Rien n’est actualisé. Tant qu’on sait faire des rimes on reste dessus. On ne fait pas evoluer notre musique et voila ça stagne.

Nexdim: Quand je t’écoute, je ressend du hip hop, du RnB et de la soul musique. Pourquoi as tu choisis ce genre musical?

Francky P: Parceque c’est le genre de musique qui me plais. J’ai appris à aimer la musique hip hop/soul/RnB depuis petit et voila j’y suis resté. Ce n’est pas pour dire que je n’écoute que ça. J’écoute de la varieté française, du Makossa aussi mais j’adore le hip hop. J’aime ces grosses caisses et basses qui font groover et le mouvement de tête que ça fait suivre. Lol! C’est trop cool!

Nexdim: Quels musiciens, Camerounais et internationaux, t’inspirent?

Franky P: M’inspirer? Un musicien camerounais? Non aucun! Mais internationalement, j’ai Usher pour la voix RnB, Kanye West pour la production musicale, Jay Z pour le flow c’est vraiment tout voila en ce moment je suis plutot hip hop.

Nexdim: Ça fait un bon bout que tu es présent dans la scene urbaine camerounaise. Si tu devais faire un bilan sur ta carrière musicale, de quoi parlerais tu?

Franky P: De mon évolution en travail et en audimat, je suis quitté du statut de programmeur a producteur (donc ingenieurie son). J’ai participé dans plusieurs albums en featuring et je suis représenté comme le prince du RnB en solo passé d’une maison de prod et arrivé à produire son album solo lui seul. Ici c’est pas doné donc…mon evolution je la vois vraiment et j’en suis fier.

Nexdim: Quels sont tes projets à venir?

Franky P: Mes projets : tout d’abord sortir mon second album intitulé CLUB AND LOVE qui explique tout. J’aurai aimé qu’il sorte en decembre (j’attends les sponsorts ). Je vise un publique plus ouvert plus grand cette fois ci. Je reviends en mode club lol!

Nexdim: Un mot à tes fans?

Franky P: A mes fans, merci du soutient qu’ils m’apportent. Je ne cesse d’écrire de beaux morceaux. Je ferai toujours de mon mieux pour adoucir leur moeurs et inchallah, dans mon prochain opus, il y’aura trop de surpises pour eux.

Nexdim: Pour cettes dernieres questions je voudrais que tu me donnes tes faves (favorits).

a- Quelles est ta couleur preferée?

Inévitablement le bleu.

b- Ton animal de compagnie preferée?

Lol! Un chat.

c- Ton plat culinaire preferé?

C’est un plat traditional qui s’apelle le Solo.

d- Ton sport favori?

Kung Fu. L’autre je ne le dirai pas. Mdr!

e- Ton proverbe preferé?

“On peut tromper une partie du peuple de temps en temps mais on ne peut tromper tout un peuple tout le temps”

f- Ton film preferé?

euh jusqua nos jours étant donné que moi je suis fan de tout ce qui est technologique et futuriste rien ni personne pour moi n’a detroné Matrix.

g- Ton hobbie a part la musique?

Les jeux videos. Lol!

Merci a vous. tres heureux!

Pour en savoir plus sur franky p aller sur www.frankyp.net


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September
28

BA2M,WINNERS OF NESCAFE AFRICAN REVELATION

Posted In: NEWS, Profile by The Administrator

baamBA2M is a  Cameroonian R n B,Rap and afro-beat group best known as winners of the prestigious Nescafe African Revelations (NAR)2008. The group is presently about  to release its debut album.NexDim caught up with Buea based trio for a brief  exclusive interview.

NexDim:good morning.Can you please let the world know your names.

BA2M:”Chah Mabel, a student, Akum Adèle,a university graduate and  Ewah Lawrence, sound engineer at M1 Studios”.

NexDim: Can you tell us how your music career all started

BA2M: ”we all started singing quite young,in the church choir and many other events.Larry has been singing with his acapella group F-Denel ,while Adele has been a singer at the Alliance Franco-Camerounaise cabaret. our whole career had a boost when the Nescafe African Revelation 2008 edition was launched”.

NexDim:how did you meet each other to form a group

BA2M:”Before the talent search competition was launched,we had been  working in the same recording studio as back up vocalists and myself(Mabel) and Adele had been childhood friends.”

NexDim:when was the group created and what does the name signify?

BA2M:”The name was derived from  the initials of our names.B for Bemo(who is winner of the Mutzig National song competition)who left because of the competion,A for Adel,2 for Larry and M for Mabel.Before,Adele and myself had a group dubbed RAM still on the basis of our initials.R is the initial of a member who left the group. so the name is derived from our initials”

baam studioNexDim:Tell us about the Nescafe African Revelation adventure.

BA2M:”we started off this competition timidly without any seriousness and took it for granted and became serious when the competition got to the national level.We were winners at the national level amongst all the regional contenders and we became very anxious to know the national winners in other countries for the continental finals .We were reassured by our coach Emile Ngumbah to be confident and bring the trophy.It is in that faith that we became winners of the Nescafe African Revelation 2008 that held in Ivory Coast.we were so happy to be the best in Africa”

NexDim:Tell us about your album

BA2M:”we are preparing an album of 8 songs with an intro included which is a gospel song.The album has already been recorded  sometime in February.So right now we’re just doing some modifications.When the album is released you interested people can contact CY Entertainment for copies or for booking”

NexDim:after winning the competition,you have traveled to Paris to produce a single ”stand up” and a tour.Has this been so fast for you?

with canaanBA2M:”we are not amazed at the pace we have used to achieve all this things because we have always dreamed of this and music is our passion.We were also very excited to work with an amazing producer Wayne Beckford”

NexDim:what is the new style you are bringing that will be different from the ones we have been listening to?

BA2M:”We are trying to be dynamic and to bring an ideal style that will be unique  and original.we try to create music that everybody will love”

NexDim:what is your last word to the fans and how can they contact you?

BA2M:”we would like to tell our fans to be patient and wait for the official release of our album and for them to be supportive of our goals.We also thank them for being committed to us from the start to this moment.To contact us they could go on facebook and search  BAAM NESCAFE or write us on baam64@yahoo.com or baam_nar2008@yahoo.fr

To watch their video ”stand up” follow this link:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEYqDF8yhlU





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September
25

Certains le remarquent en tant qu’ un des membres du groupe Macase, mais Blick Bassy est bien plus qu’un figurant dans la scene musicale camerounaise et internationale. En plus d’être lead et compositeur au sein du groupe Macase, Blick a plus d’une fois prouvé son talent musical en produisant le grand Koppo ou encore en creant le concepte Rap-conteur. Son plus recent genie reside dans son dernier album “Leman” sortie en Février 2009. Un mélange de differéntes saveurs musicales servies dans une ambiance très acoustique. Hier, 24 septembre 2009, Blick a comblé des admirateurs et de simples curieux de sa presence à l’alliance francaise de Washington DC pour un concert très appréciés du public. J’étais parmi tant d’autres presente pour en temoigner.

Il est 8 heures du soir à Washington DC aux états unis d’Amerique et dans la salle de reception de l’alliance francaise, se trouve un monde très actif dans la langue française. Des Americains, des Français et d’autres de nationalités diverses conversent bercés par de la French pop musique tout en degustant un aperitif. Le podium est encore en train de se mettre en place et les musiciens s’accordent. La salle de reception respire la france de ses grands rideaux bleu et de ses murs blancs. Des DVDs de film, des livres, des CDs de musique tous francais sont joliement etalés dans des coins. Pourtant, l’aspect French se retrouve tres rapidement africain quand la star du soir fait son apparition. Blick entre dans la salle muni de clochettes traditionelles qui resonnent d’une cadance purement camerounaise . Seul avec ses clochettes, Blick nous emmène dans son univers avec la premiere chanson de la soirée “A Mbombo” en langue bassa. Ensuite, les musiciens retrouvent Blick pour nous embarquer dans le village de Blick nommé Mintamba. Pendant ce voyage, Blick nous parle de son grand pere dans un rêve, de l’Afrique et ses plaies et de Maria son coups de foudre. Blick se sert de Folk, de ballade, de Bikutsi, d’Assiko, de Dombolo et bien plus. Il chante, rit et joue avec son audience. Après ce tres beau voyage a Mintamba, le grand Bassy cloture son show avec Donalina, un des titres far de l’album. La soirée est reussie; les gens sont satisfaits. Une séance d’autographe prend lieu juste après et je me bouscule pour avoir un jolie souvenir de ce soir. Une photo avec blick.

Vistitez myspace.com/blickbassy2 pour des info sur l’artiste et ses dates de concert.


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September
23

”AMA” REPS CAMEROON IN UK

Posted In: Hip Hop, Profile by The Administrator

lone-some-cowboy“Born in the Blackstreet era, this mellow voiced producer/singer/songwriter has grown to love Hip-Hop in all it’s facets…” My parents call me Amabuh Fru. It’s hard to tell when I got into music cuz I’ve made it (music) for as long as I can remember. I think it all started when I was about 7 years old and got a little piano, as a gift from my uncle. Ever since playing “Happy Birthday” on that piano, through my years of quiet songwriting up till age 16 when I produced my first full track, it’s been quite a journey… yet it still feels like a breath of fresh air! Funny though that up to date, I’m still a one-hand piano player! I pride myself in being one of the guys who doesn’t completely fit the “producer stereotype…” I say completely cuz I do play the conga quite well…that’s something right? My brief spell as studio owning Partner/Producer with the Hip-Hop band CoreSouth in Cameroon (West Africa) also served to strengthen me while “hype-ing” my knowledge of the industry. We went on to be amongst the TOP 10 NATIONAL FINALISTS in NESCAFE’S AFRICAN REVELATIONS competition, and performed at other varied concerts both as opening acts and solo… Long story! I’ve honed my “mojo” overtime and folks, I present to you AMA out to leave his footprints in the sand!!!

[audio:http://nexdimempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/ama-and-tizo-so-fine-july-2009.mp3 ]


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September
23

SONA THE VOICE IN CAMEROON THIS NOVEMBER

Posted In: Hip Hop, NEWS, Star of the Week by The Administrator

sona-the-voice1Sona The Voice,Milwaukee,U.S based Cameroonian rapper will be storming Cameroon in November with a series of concerts.He will equally pay visits to colleges during his trip to Cameroon.

Sona Lionel Ekumeri (born on June 25th 1986) better known for his stage name as Sona The Voice is an American Hip hop song writer of Cameroonian origin.Sona was named Lionel by his mother (Mama J) who was a big fan of Lionel Richie

After he was born, he was placed in the hands of his dying great grandmother, who named him “Ekumeri” meaning “it met me” after a long period of being asked by her cult members to sacrifice him. The name Sona on the other hand means gold and nobility.

Just before he was born, in May of 1986, Sona’s father moved to the US to pursue a career to support his family. He took up residence in Maryland to begin school and eventually become a computer engineer. Unfortunately, by doing so, it meant leaving his two sons to be raised by his mother and grandmother and their seven children.

Sona’s childhood, was typical of most African children: poverty, misery, and crime surrounded him. Sona and his older brother, Emmanuel were given a quick and swift lesson in street life, and by 8-years-old, Sona was conning dealers and negotiating street deals.

Sona was still able to keep his mind focused on school and rise to the top of his class. At the age of 14, Sona and his brother both received a grant from the Cameroonian government for 40,000 ? (about $4,000 US) for their academic excellence. The young boys used the money to support their grandmother, who had previously supported them. With the last bit of money from their grant, the boys invested in a Sega Genesis, which was a rare luxury in Cameroon.

One afternoon, while playing Streets of Rage, the two brothers began to freestyle over the instrumental track playing in the last stage of the game. Taking turns, they rapped about whatever came to their mind and immediately realized their gift for rap. Sona and Emmanuel continued to rap with each other whenever they had the opportunity and quickly started generating a buzz within their circle of friends.

A local radio station held a weekly contest where listeners could call in and rap on air and be judged by the local DJs. One local store owner encouraged Sona to call into the radio to showcase his talent and even offered the young rapper money from his cash register to make the call. Sona found the nearest phone booth, called into the station and laid down his best lyrics. He ended up winning the contest and started to blow up in the MC scene. Before he knew it, he was playing cabaret clubs, winning rap battles and earning the title of the best MC in Cameroon.

sona-3It wasn’t long before a local label wanted to sign Sona. Peace Maker Records, from the Cameroon capital Yaoundé, offered Sona a deal for 1,000,000? to record and distribute a full length album of his original tracks. Just as the deal was being finalized, Sona got a call from his father, inviting him and his brother to America. It was a chance of a lifetime and the brothers couldn’t say no.

He enrolled in the pre-med program at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, but ultimately graduated in 2006 with a degree in biochemistry. In 2006, he founded his own label, Imperial Records and got back into the studio and started recording his debut album titled, Man in the Mirror. His first single “Dreams,” climbed on the #2 spot on the CMJ spot upon its release. Man in the Mirror sold 2,000 copies through solely self distribution methods.

After the release of his first album, Sona took to film making to express himself. His debut film endeavor was titled “Behold Something Bigger Than Tupac” and critiques the bling-and-thug mentality in hip-hop music. Filmed on three continents — Africa, Europe and in the U.S. — Sona’s film is a commentary on many social issues plaguing youth today, including poverty, hunger and violence in rap music. Most of these things, he’s experienced first hand. In his film, which took about a year to complete, Sona takes on the roll of The Voice, a character unafraid to stand up to the prevalent negativity by presenting a positive message of hope. The film premiered Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Miramar Theatre.

The references to the late rapper Tupac Shakur, an artist known equally for his social activism as well as his raw, controversial lyrics of ghetto life, work as a metaphor throughout the film. Sona believes Shakur to be one of the genre’s greatest voices and insists that after his death the genre has lost its heart and vision.

Discography

sona2The Man In The Mirror – 2007 – Imperial Recordz

1. Take What's Mine	                2:29
2. Milwaukee	                        3:05
3. 4-Ma People	                        4:18
4. James Eddy	                        6:19
5. Tell Me You Love Me	                3:44
6. Taking Over	                        4:04
7. Break Lose	                        3:56
8. Ain't About	                        4:37
9. Worst Case Scenario	                3:46
10. Stinky Memories	                3:40
11. Diamonds in the Rough	        3:27
12. Man in the Mirror	                3:49
13. Dreams	                        3:48

Afrikan Juju – 2009 – Intercession Records

1. It's All About Money (Explicit)		                        3:38
2. The End Is Coming Soon (Explicit)	                                4:11
3. Monkey See Monkey Do (Explicit)	                        	4:42
4. Questions Marks (Skit)...Play In Reverse (Clean) [Explicit]		5:57
5. The Voice (Explicit)		                                4:52
6. Pray For Me (Explicit)	                                	4:03
7. Africa (Clean) [Explicit]	                                	5:57
8. Take Ma Time (Clean) [Explicit]	                         	3:17
9. Hidi Yeah Hidi Yoh (Explicit)	                          	5:05
10. Go (feat. Emphasis E) (Explicit)		                        3:31
11. Ready for War (Explicit)	

contact :www.intercessionsrecords.com	
         www.myspace.com/sonathevoice
WATCH SONA ON YOUTUBE:www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_BckeTIKMg 

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September
22

CM LIVE GETS BACK ON AIR

Posted In: Hip Hop, NEWS by The Administrator

mic2CM Live, which is a Hip Hop show on Chariot FM,93.5 fm (university of Buea radio),  has been revived and will be hitting the airwaves on Saturday 26th September 2009.CM live is a programme powered and sponsored by Chillen Muzic Entertainment.It is out to promote and showcase local artistes.The programme according to Master Chill ,CEO of Chillen Muzic, is going to run every Wednesday and Saturdays from 4pm to 5:30 pm and will be presented by ”Threshold” ,a leading student Journalist at the University of Buea.


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September
21

NOT MY WILL, A thrilling Cameroonian movie

Posted In: Movie, NEWS by The Administrator

from-chikeNOT MY WILL is a Cameroonian movie that delves into the vices of contemporary university environments.It is a story of a girl whose huge love for money and the dire crave to gratify herself exposes her into a dangerous relationship.

She drops her talented boyfriend for a young man who lives an extravagant or lavish life due to his opulence. At the twinkle of an eye everything went wrong.How does she pay the price?

This is a story of passion and deception. Inspired by real life events, Weg Productions showcases the diverse talents exhibited by youths today  and the challenges they face as they strive for survival in our fast changing world.

The movie was  shot in Cameroon and UK.

To get more insight about the thrilling movie,visit the official website www.notmywillmovie.com or contact notmywill@yahoo.com

The official release date is still pending.


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September
18

PETIT-PAYS BECOMES PRESIDENT OF A FOOTBALL CLUB

Posted In: NEWS by The Administrator

”Le turbo d’Afrique” has finally accepted to be the president of Caïman club of Akwa,Douala.’‘Petit Pays is now our new president.The general assembly meeting which took place on Tuesday at the chief palace clearly indicated that the musician was going to be the new president ”revealed Herve Nyame,the new assistant coach of  Caïman Akwa club de Douala. Petit Pays is a son of the soil and he has always given some moral and financial support to the club which has guaranteed his position.
”C’est un Caïman de Douala avec une vision plus moderne que vous verrez la saison prochaine en Mtn Elite Two”.


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September
10

The highly anticipated video from Cameroonian R n B crooner, Steveslil a.k.a ‘nguti boy’‘ is now exclusive to you.”I CAN’‘ video which features Nigerian-Cameroonian born ADJUSTA is a video shot in Buea, directed by Mambe C-Hill for NEXDIM.The video is already being aired on Stv,Africa magic and Canal 2.

LYRICS :

I CAN

steveslil drag on,drag on

oya, oya

steveslil drag on,drag on

oya,oya

steveslil

VERSE 1

turn the lights on

go make u feel me

show me love ,affection

all those smiles so virtuous

i go spin ma cd

we go dance to music

go make  u understand me better uh girl

i go make u feel ma beats more better uh girl

nothing can seperate me from u

my divinest princess sweetest is u

REFRAIN:

if u wanna go go.  i can

if u wanna  move move. i can  2X

love is so strong

VERSE 2

i go give u fever

if na u be beeper

baby making loving

e no di end so sudden

caress me so gently

ecstasy soup blazing

i go make u understand me better uh girl

i go bang you,you go feel more lighter uh girl

nothing can separate me from u

my divinest princess sweetest is you

REFRAIN:

if u wanna go go.  i can

if u wanna  move move. i can  2X

love is so strong

ADJUSTA RAP:

ah ah wetin dey

why you just dey use me di play

when na u dey inside ma heart everyday

at times i no di even know wetin to say

that your church mind u know say

today na today

mogbe see your eyes as fire di blaze

if u no want gree i dey feel like to craze

i di waka waka waka from place to place

i dey see plenty faces plenty babes

but wen i see your own all the rest erase

i must to catch you even if na wild goose chase

REFRAIN:

if u wanna go go.  i can

if u wanna  move move. i can  2X

love is so strong

steveslil  2009 www.steveslil.com

watch and comment!!

STEVESLIL ft ADJUSTA- I can


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September
7

”HOP HOP GROOVE ON THE MOUV’ ON 98.5 FM

Posted In: Hip Hop, NEWS by The Administrator

In a bid to promote the urban hip hop culture and showcase local artists around the South West Region,following a meeting held between media personnels and home based artists at the Mount Cameroon FM conference room in July 2009,many issues were raised on strategies of showcasing and proliferating Cameroonian hip hop music.The programme that was previously aired ”CM GROOVE” was interred leading to the conceptualisation of a new hip hop show dubbed  ”HIP HOP GROOVE”.This programme will be aired daily from 6pm to 7pm from the 7th of September 2009 on 98.5 fm (MCFM).With the wide range of fan base that Mount Cameroon FM has,it is believed that the air time accorded to locally produced hip hop music from South West based artists will bring some acclamation. D SNAPT who is equally an up and coming rapper was declared as the host of this show.We are now set to start savouring good music from prolific Hiphop,RnB, and afro-beat musicians in the lights of BA2M,H-PIEZOH,SLEY,KELLY B,WITTY MINSTREL,STEVESLIL,ACHALLE,DENZYL,JERRY,ZINNIA,SPARX, and others.

A pertinent issue that was raised at the meeting was the quality of production of locally produced music.It is imperative for artists to upgrade their standards of production from audio,graphics on cd cover,song concepts and videos.Artists were called upon to emulate from the neighboring Nigerian Entertainment Industry which is rapidly taking high standards in terms of audio and video quality.’‘we are poised to work hard because Nigeria got were it is today because of hard-work,they started from nothing and evolved to something” said Master Chill of ChillenMuzic talking to NexDim.

Now the pace is set and the curtain raised for our Entertainment industry to have a boost.

contact:hiphopgroove2009@yahoo.com


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