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December
31

 

 In the list of performers at the Douala Hip Hop Festival 2011 , NexDim deemed it imperative to throw light on DOUTY ,who is unknown to millions of Cameroonians. Let’s discover !

Douty is an R&B, pop and dance hall artist born to a French father and a Cameroonian mother . He was born and raised in Cameroon till the age of 17 . He grew up influenced by Afro-Caribbean music, a blend of rumba, Makossa and Reggae.

As a teenager, he was induced by artists in the 90’s like MC Solaar,Iam,Alliance, Ethnik,American R&B artists like  Jodeci,Usher,Joe,Babyface and Jamaican music sensations like Shaba Ranks,Pliers,Mr Vegas and Shaggy.Michael Jackson however remains a reference and a source of inspiration throughout his career.
Upon release of his debut single in 2003 in France , Douty like many other artists suffered the ramnifications of the profession and the industry’s crisis. Nevertheless, he carried on with other projects like the establishment  of a record label in Cameroon to groom young African talents.
Later on, Douty decided to get back to composing and interpreting with the collaboration of his old friend Mike Giorgi ,ex member of the group “Organiz” .He decided to record not one but two albums; the first one a tribute to his Afro-Carribean background for an exclusive distribution on the African continent and the second clearly urban blended with electro and hip hop influences…destined to Europe and the US.
This musical diversity reminiscent of his “metissage” will be representative of an eclectisism of which he is proud of.
The official release of the first two singles of both albums are expected to drop by January 2012.

Douty ‘s mission to Cameroon is to shoot the video of  his new single  ”One NATION”, and perform at the Douala Hip Hop Festival.

Enjoy !

 


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December
31

The maiden edition of the Douala Hip Hop Festival ended in yesterday 30th December 2011 at the Soppo Stadium in Bonapriso, Douala under the auspices of the Delegation of Culture. The event was seasoned by a trail of performances by Valsero, Douty, Boudor, Jovi, Duc-Z, Terror, Ayriq Akam, Hobskur, VBH, Métissage, LAUREN BY, Sissongoh MC’S, Jah Stress, Kastra, Lord Erico, Urban Ladies, Sangoa Mboa, Dark Light, Izmo, Ivee, Dos legar, Juddah, Obidy Style, DJ Sunshine, Dj NAS, DJ AXEL FROST, and DJ EMDY.


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December
31

After the release of the long talked-about album ”Turn of Events” earlyDecember , the prolific Hip Hop newcomer and Hi TV presenter DA BREEZE has been garnering popularity in the Hip Hop scene. His album is full of dexterity and charming punchlines to get you off your feet. The following song ”One day” which features Menko is a sweet tune off his just unveiled album .The song was produced by DJ Zee of Trackzone Records.

Enjoy!

[audio:http://nexdimempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2.-One-Day-ft-Menko-Prod-By-Dj-Zee.mp3]


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December
30

Vista Star Award 2011 organised by Vista Inn Hotel Buea road Kumba on the 23rd of  December 2011 in a bid to give out appreciation to all Meme artists, featured some uprising stars  like sugar boy Frank Bebe, West Don, Dago P, Mama”s boy  Black Jesus , Mba Mba Louis amongst others. Hosted by Eyong Blaise and Princess, the award included categories of  Best Cameroonian hip hop artist of the year grapped by West Don; Best Comedians to Spaco and Zachary; Best Cameroonian artist  Mba Mba Louis http://www.phpaide.com/?langue=en and Best Management and event planner won by Princess the host.  The  event”s curtains were closed with the coronation of Miss Vista in the person of Zinna who won the crown that night. Speaking to nexdimempire.com, West Don expressed so much gratitude to all his fans for their enormous support and how happy he feels to be recognised in his home town.


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December
28

After years of  endless criticism,the CRTV seems to have awoken from its coma and is now trying to be part of 21st century audiovisual broadcasting.This revolution is visible at the level of program content and quality.Despite this pro-audience shift,some of  its leading programs do not coincide with its new slogan:at the heart of the nation.This slogan augurs a more kamer-centric leaning.However,a flagship program like “Bonjour” seems to be at the heart of other nations when one looks at its kitchen slot.Instead of celebrating Cameroonian cuisine which is a rich as it is diverse ,we are served foreign dishes.Who then will popularise “Eru”,”Khati-khati” and “N

dole”  if not the country’s pioneer and national TV station. Feel free to disagree.


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December
28

P-Square,J Martins,Timaya,Bracket and many more,day in day out  get considerable air time on our local radios and snack bars in Cameroon.Their popularity in Cameroon has triggered  criticism from some in Cameroon who cannot understand why “foreigners” have become the people’s favourite.Their resentment even pushes them to point fingers at Cameroonian radio D.Js for dedicating so much time to foreign music at the expense of national music.But is it really a problem of foreign music or better music?

Music cannot be confined to another area,it cannot be controlled so that it doesn’t intrude into  another ‘s territory.Urban music ,most especially,speaks to any group of people regardless of  their country.When it is brilliantly done, this remark  is even more true.However,  those vexed by this situation should interpret this as a  call to excellence made to Cameroonian artists.If Nigerian urban music is popular then maybe this is due to an existing void which the music has come in to fill and Cameroonian artists have to churn out good and sufficient music to compete .Rather than call for some form of musical protectionism,our artists should take this as a challenge and come up with songs which can equally make their way into Nigerian airwaves. In this debate,people should keep in mind that urban music has no frontiers whereas local genres can be circumscribed to a particular area.Furthermore,we live in a free  market context where the audience decides what it wants.If  they decide to choose  Nigerian artists then let it be.After all,Vox populi vox dei. 

Feel free to try Cameroonian urban music too


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December
28

Great music is great music. You can’t deny it even if you want to. The following is the track “Trop tard”  from rapper Big B-zy ‘s “One day,one Day” album. Champagne up- man Franky P provides the seasoning on this one. This is what you get when two musical virtuoso’s connive.

Big BZY feat. Franky P – Trop tard by FrankyP


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December
21

People tend to forget one important fact

source:canaldor.com

as far as music is concerned: it is hinged on culture. And culture is an expression of a people’s beliefs,habits,values and world-view.Critics have often  impugned Cameroonian and African musicians because their songs are replete with people’s names.To them,this is a bad thing which should be erased in order to make Cameroonian music in particular and African music in particular more attractive to the world.We must note here that this view is a bias perception of music because it doesn’t consider the fact that music originates from culture.Since  every culture has its specificities,music from a particular culture MUST be different  from the others.Consequently, if Cameroonian music is heavily infused with praise-singing and references to people,it is because in our culture, music was equally used to sing-praises.Thus, this trait is a contemporary manifestation of our cultural values.Furthermore,apart from the cultural raison-d’etre of praise-singing ,one can add the fact that musicians as artists,on the same scale as writers,need some space to express gratitude to those who supported them.And before you say that can be placed on the c.d cover,remember that almost nobody is interested in the cover.They want the contents and punctuating your lyrics with benefactors’ names is a much resounding tribute. Critics are many and unaware of the fact that praise-singing gives African and Cameroonian music its uniqueness just as rap music is famous for its vivid and sincere depiction of ghetto life.Our music cannot be unique by always genuflecting to foreign appreciation of us.Should we add that there’s a certain talent,finesse and creativity needed to come up with a good song that merges praise-singing and messages.Feel free to disagree. It is very convenient to label  Petit-Pays as a praise-singer but if its easy,others should praise-sing their way to the top as he did.


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December
20

Latest reports suggest that Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o won’t appeal against his 15 match suspension.These reports quote the player’s lawyer Gabriel Kaldjob as saying that the player has asked him not to appeal against the disciplinary committee’s decision.While this has come as a surprise to many who taught the captain was going to act otherwise,others have been quick to point out that Article 55 sub 2 of the internal  rules governing the Lions makes it possible for the Fecafoot president and the Minister of sports to appeal against decisions taken by the disciplinary committee.Whether this is the final chapter of the botched- Algeria friendly is still unknown but speculation is rife that we are in for more twist and turns.


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December
20

Cameroon has the potentials of a thriving Urban music industry reminiscent in our fine seductive music products like Krotal, Sidney, Jovi, Franky P, Duc Z, Dr Sley , X Maleya, Denzyl, Andy Allo , Steveslil , Naomi Achu, Excel ,Damien Blue, BAAM, M.D, Zinnia,  just to name a few and recording houses like Mumak, Chillen Muzic,Uzi Records,Mapane,Empire Company,Trackzone, M1 , Street Talks etc. It’s quite a veracity that our refined dexterity has been appreciated and has what it takes to cut across international frontiers.

Delving into the industry not by denotation, the bitter truth is that the artists and music production houses focus more on angrily striving to be better than the other which sows a seed of hatred,frustration comes knocking, some spend time  criticizing music produced from other studios or artists , backbiting and beefing .  I guess the lesson we’ve always learned is that unity means strength, and if the industry is divided in opposing segments , it shall never grow. In a bid to upgrade the Urban music industry, artists have to give an aiding hand to each other, appreciate his/her talent and spread his music in anyway.

Dissing rival emcees and crews doesn’t fit into a sound business plan anymore. Battles have become a niche market that continues in small venues, but emcees with corporate record deals and endorsements will rarely engage. This is what 2011 hip-hop looks like.

But for a large portion of today’s adult hip-hop fan base, their first musical memory is of feuding rappers. The infamous East Coast vs. West Coast beef, led by the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur in the 1990s, was a polarizing and dramatic moment in hip-hop’s history that ultimately turned violent and resulted in the deaths of two of rap’s brightest stars.

Make man no die !


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