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November
30

Swiss-based Cameroonian reggae-ton and Afro beat artist V-Shai who featured here after a collabo with Nigerian celebrity and MOBO Awards winner , 9ice on the song ”Today  na Today” is back with thunderous videos  ‘Make we dey go” and ”She like am” featuring Skaliey and Smile. I personally have much love for the videos. We shall be bringing more subsequently. 

Enjoy !


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November
30

 

Pinguiss maestro, Daniel Baka’a has returned to the music scene with novelty. He has reappeared with a new  album entitled “Pinguis bonbon and pinguiss ballon”  and now bears the name Le Lieutenant Chacal.The artist  admits that the new album is a combination  of newly recorded songs and some from his previous album which were overshadowed by the outstanding success of the single Pinguiss. Let’s just hope he has done what it takes to escape from the second-album syndrome.


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November
30

D.J Bilik’s label has once again proven it deserves its pioneer reputation as far as the rise and rise of the Cameroonian hip hop movement is concerned.This is through the recent simultaneous  release  of two albums belonging to two different artists.The albums of  the Sumanja trio and rapper  1.9.8.5  were presented to pressmen in Yaounde.This latest launch comes to enrich the already-lush and diverse Cameroonian music scene.It also lends credit to labels like Zomloa Reocrdz which keeps growing by the day as it now boasts of  Zomcom for image building and Zomloa publishing for promoting writers.


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November
30

source:starafrica.com

Two cameroonians have emerged second and third in the just-ended  International African Fashion Festival “FIMA” that was held in Niamey,Niger. Micheline Mani and Alex Yvon Wamba won these prizes in the best young designers category where Central Africa’s Marta Raphaelle Goundjika took home the first prize. Both designers are graduates of the  Yaounde Higher Institute for Fine Arts.


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November
30

Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o has emerged as the only African to make the cut for 23 man Ballon d’or nominee list for 2011. The list was made public yesterday by the FIFA and French magazine France Football. While this is not the first time the striker is being nominated, players of African descent such as Karim Benzema and Eric Abidal are also present on the list.The 2o11 list includes old names such as Messi, Xavi as well as newcomers such as Neymar and Ozil. Come December 5, FIFA and France Football will announce the  three players shortlisted for the award that will be handed out on January 8 2012 in Zurich.Some pundits opine that if last season performances and trophies are anything to go by, then it is going to be contest between Argentinian wonder-kid Messi and Portuguese sensation Christiano Leonardo.

source:www.caughtoffside.com


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November
29

Just like he promised on Tchop Tchop’s Jambo TV, Canal 2 , Petit Pays ‘s latest composition “Gagnez gagnez” has finally been released. The accompanying single “Gagnez gagnez” featuring Nollywood sweetheart Stella Damascus has all the trappings of a smash  hit, an entrancing beat and a nice chorus. Stella Damasus’ image is equally seen on the album cover art. Even die-hard Petit-Pays fans are revisiting their bitter diatribes of the  popular crowd-puller. Some are drawing parallels between this album and some  famed ones like “Mbemba Mot’a sawa”. Although unanimity escapes even critics, most agree that this album is reminiscent of the Petit-Pays in “Ca fait mal” given the themes contained therein. The entire album seems to contain  remixed versions of his previously released tunes.

Contact  96 92 81 55 to grab a copy


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November
29
After having thrilled fans some years back with his unique style of rapping in his native mother tongue, Carlos K has returned with a new musical package entitled “LAASI ZA”. Music aficionados are in a for a treat. His first album won him much acclaim, much of which was due  to the positive messages  he conveyed denouncing societal ills like child slavery and abuse.He found much favour especially amongst his bafang tribesmen who were elated to hear their language  being used and broadcasted through a popular medium like  music.

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November
29

Despite a history of success and hits, Isnebo ,from the Faadah Kawtal band,hasn’t lost his love for  musical explorations.He just has released a new album which is a  mosaic of  diverse themes and rhythms.The charismatic band front man talks about his latest musical offering.

Can you please tell our readers about your latest album.

Thank for the opportunity.My new album is entitled “Mariam”.It is a 9-track album sang in 4 different languages using diverses rythmns.Apart from my favourite rthymn, goumba balewa,you can also find jazz and salsa in this album.

Why the title “Mariam”?

Originally,,Mariam was  Mahamat.It was an old song already being played on the airwaves of the CRTV Garoua regional station when I was still a child and it stayed in my head because it touched me immensely.In this album,I made changes to it and updated it to appeal to today’s listeners by using contemporary instruments. I equally change the original story because the original version talks about a woman abandoned by her lover.She is lonesome and begs him to come back to her.This time around,I changed roles and decided to dedicate it to Mariam my lady-love who left.Thus I beg her to come back because I can’t be without her.

Music -wise,this album is different from your  other albums.Why the new approach?

I felt the need to break away from what I was doing in the best.So I decided to change my approach because after 7 years of silence,I had to return with something new.The use of many languages,for example,is to make my message accessible to audiences far beyond the Grand north.I also want to bridge the language divide in order to be easily accepted.Using many rhythms was to enable me reach a wider audience.

In this album,why did you pay tribute to Ali Baba?

source:culturebene

Apart from the fact that I was an Ali Baba fan like many others,I had the privilege of being one of his band members.And believe me when I say that having played alongside Ali Baba on stage or in the studio influences you for life.While with him, I learnt so much and his songs still constantly play in my head.Consequently,I decided to pay tribute by doing a cover version of the song “hande kam” that I am fond of and to which I added a personal touch.

Some say your band no longer exist but on the c.d cover it reads”Isnebo and Faadah Kawtal”

Well,that is nothing new because that can equally be seen on the cover of the last album.Despite the malicious gossips,the band is still alive although nowadays I perform solo much often the band does.I am not to blame but rather the nature of the shows I am called upon to do.They result in me performing solo under the banner of the group.Let me say here that the band still exist and is waxing strong.Some people will even testify to you that they are shows wherein the entire band has answered present.Let me also promise you that the all the band members will be present during the nationwide promotional tour for my album.

But we still see observe that not all band members took part in the recording of this album

True.Not all band members took part in the recording of this album.however,the bass player,the guitarist and drummer took part.When I am recording an album,I don’t solicit all my band members,I solicit only those who can contribute something extra.I worked closely with Dourmani Desire,,my bass player,who plays many instruments and is also good with studio recording work.

Any last word for public and your  fans?

I want the album to embrace the album just like the did the last one.i want them to do so convinced that it is a well-produced album, and that there’s been changes since it took us one year to finish the album.To conclude,my team is working hard to see that the promotional tour kicks off in 2012.

Courtesy:culturebene.com


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November
28

Those who have thought Cameroonians  were only capable of art forms like music will be forced to change their opinions when they read “Rose,Moon and Fire”.It is the soon-to-be released poetry collection of upcoming Cameroonian poet Fon Tuma.The book is a sincere and undiluted account of man’s pain,joy and hardships in which the author wields words with the skill and aptitude worthy of any renowned poet.While some people might find his poetry cryptic and hard to understand,connoisseurs,we assure you , will consume it ravenously.In the following interview,the poet tells us more about his journey this far.

You will soon be publishing your first book, a poetry collection entitled “Rose-moon and Fire”, and how does that feel?

(laughs)Great

When did this love story between you and poetry start?

I started writing in Lower sixth and continued through upper sixth and after. I actually planned to write to write a book then but encountered so many difficulties.

We know writing is not the most lucrative of jobs, so what has encouraged you to push on and want to get published?

I started writing as a hobby and to impress my brothers but my sister’s death caused me to start writing on a serious note.

What inspires you?

Life. Life inspires me, the worries, everything about life inspires me. Life is the most enigmatic experience I know.

Why are women omnipresent in your poetry?

They are my greatest inspiration, my mother, my sisters, and all the women who have been in my life. I sure enjoy male camaraderie but I get along more with women because ,somehow, I understand them better.

What do you expect from your books, millions or critical acclaim?

(Laughs heartily) You can’t eat the pages you write on so I’ll surely want some money but I also want acclaim. Nothing equals the respect of your peers.

Irrespective of the reception your book gets, do you intend to continue writing and publishing?

Yes, I will continue. Already, I have another collection of poems. But after this, I’ll rather publish a collection of short stories.

One last word

Enjoy life

You seem to have an epicurean philosophy of life?

Oh. If you don’t enjoy life, you’ll suffer and nobody wants to suffer except Christ. (Laughs)

Thank you for your time.

Thank you.

 


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November
28

Zomloa Recordz recently simultaneously launched two albums belonging to two different artist.At the end of that ceremony Zomloa Recordz boss D.J Bilik spoke about  several  issues ranging from the launching ceremony to the music industry.Excerpts

How are you feeling,like a father whose just had twins?

Yeah,you can say that

source;culturebene.com

.I extremely happy to have produced  these two albums that are a culmination of 10 years of hardwork.I give thanks to the Almighty who made this possible.All we have to do now is come up with a reasonable distribution network that will make these works of art available to the public.As such,we have decided to sell the c.ds at 1000frs each,a well-thought out price.With regards to the quality of the videos,promotion and other costs,the price should be 3000 frs.But we saw that it was preferable to reach  many people at affordable prices than sell to few at prices which are high,especially for youths who do not have the means to buy a c.d.All these efforts will be accompanied by door-to-door campaigns,because we intend to use informal strategies by going to meet the public in the streets,homes,and offices, why not.Our young and dynamic team will make this possible.

Given the projects that you carrying out,are you about to revolutionise the Cameroonian hip hop industry?

Even the entire Cameroonian music industry.All what you have been witnessing  has hardly been done as far album production and especially presentation is concerned.Firstly,all what you are seeing is far from what we planned to do initially.Huge sums were invested but if we had a little more,we would have proven that what we see being done elsewhere isn’t magic and that we can equally do same.

Why launch two albums,isn’t it risky to invest so much all at once?

Life is all a matter of no pain,no gain.We should be sincere with each other,apart from a few mix-tapes and singles,very few albums were released.They are also people who announce release dates but the album never sees the light of day.I am a talent scout,I am a music producer.I had the means  to produce 2 albums,and i did it following industry standards,with announcements,a press conference for the release,the show case will be the next lap of this adventure,and then the concert will follow…………….

Culled from culturebene.com

 


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