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February
29

Hi there people. As we explore the musical world together we will always share the  hits and misses with you folks out there. But fear not, here is a hit from the depths of an inspired soul called  Habib du Bled. This song is entitled “In the party” and is a treat both visually and sound-wise. Since releasing his first album “Garde espoir” in 2010, the artist has kept busy with performances and video releases. One of his most recent videos which was featured here is “Laisse parler ton parler”. With his talent ,this guy is destined to go places. Enjoy the video.


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February
29
 Chose promise chose dûe. Comme nous vous l’avons promis dernièrement  voici l’interview qu’a bien voulu nous accordée le rappeur camerounais Masta Ben a.k.a Black Soldier. Au cours de cet échange ,l’artiste nous a parlé de lui,de son art et de son  album officiel  donc la date de sortie sera connu ultérieurement.
Nexdimempire: En quelques mots qui est Masta Ben?
 Masta Ben: Je ne suis pas quelqu’un de « gimmick », je ne suis pas quelqu’un qui sautille dans tous les sens, , pas de tatouages, je ne m’habille pas avec des fringues « flashy » donc cette sobriété se retrouve dans mon flow. Je suis quelqu’un qui va droit à l’essentiel. J’aime l’action et surtout aller jusqu’au bout lors d’une épreuve.

NexdimempireQuand commence votre amour pour le hiphop?

Masta Ben:Quand t’es tout jeune, c’est ce que tes parents écoutent à la maison, de la musique camerounaise à la musique congolaise en passant par les Kassav, le Reggea de Bob MarleyPeter Tosh, la Soul avec les James Brown, .. mais aussi le Hip Hop avec  Mc Solaar, pour ce qui est de l’ancienne école. Donc des influences assez larges même si ça reste toujours afro, “communautaire” ou urbain, avec le Hip Hop, le Reggea/Dancehall, avec des artistes comme Dj Awadji, Mauvaise Haleine ,Tiken Jah Fakoly et surtout toutes les musiques qui viennent de la rue, dans lesquelles on peut se retrouver, et qui parlent d’une certaine réalité. La vie que je mene au quotidien m’inspire aussi,je suis un artiste du future….

NexdimempireVotre titre “ils veulent” a un tone revendicateur. Est-ce que c’est ça votre défination du rap, revendiquer,critiquer?

Masta Ben: . Le titre “ils veulent” explique beaucoup de chose. C’est la réalité, je vis ça, je vis les fins de mois à découvert, je sais ce que c’est. On rigole, on s’amuse, on prend ça à la rigolade, sauf que ma génération elle est malade. J’pense qu’il y a plus d’instants tristes dans la vie que de moments où tu rigoles. Alors je revendique ……  Je dis des trucs comme ça parce que c’est la vérité, ils se foutent de notre gueule ouvertement ces gens là. Je suis sûr qu’ils suivent de loin ce que je dis…..
Nexdimempire:D’après vos est-ce que le mouvement  hip- hop camerounais est sur la bonne voie. Si non,que faire pour changer la donne?
Masta BenJ’ai toujours aimé le rap camerounais mais je trouvais qu’il stagnait un peu, Dernièrement j’ai noté une réelle évolution, il s’améliore, il y a à présent plein de nouveaux artistes qui essayaient de nouvelles choses, que ce soit dans le rap conscient, égotrip ou revendicateur, au niveau des textes et des flows, ou encore des prods je trouve que les mecs vont de l’avant et ça donne un nouvel élan au rap camerounais” Notre rap est à notre image, on rap comme on parle et c’est ça toute la difficulté de cette discipline”.

Nexdimempire: Parlez nous un peu de votre album annoncé pour cette année.

Masta Ben: La date pour  la sortie de mon album officiel n’est pas encore caler mais ……..Mon album sortira cette année avec un soutien de BIZZY ENTERTAINMENT une structure basée en BELGIQUE.

NexdimempireMatière hip hop camerounais,qui déchire en ce moment?

Masta Ben: Je dirai  KASTRA…. .
…….

NexdimempireUn dernier mot.

Masta BenMoi personnellement il y a une chose que je sais c’est que j’estime le rap, mais je peux vivre sans, parce que l’amour que j’ai d’en bas il est…..

NexdimempireMerci pour votre disponibilité.

Masta Ben:C’est moi qui vous remercie…


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February
28

Bikutsi diva Mani Bella has added a second video to her credit. “Pousse la vie” is the title of the star-studded video that includes other bikutsi stars like 2ki tu, Manu Killer and others. Her first video “Kongossa” signalled her arrival on the music scene. The 2011 winner of Festi-Bikutsi’s female artist of the year award is sure trying to live up to the expectations  that her art has raised. Going by what bikutsi artists have been forcing down our ears, this song is an exception as the artist sings about  the trappings of  life and calls on people to work hard. However, we must equally say that it is still too long -6 minutes 44 seconds. Why can Cameroonian artists not spare themselves the stress of investing almost 7 minutes in one song when they can spin two from that same amount of time. See for yourselves.


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February
28

With releases like “Before the sunrise” enabled by Nollywood backup, the budding Cameroonian film industry seems to have chosen filmmaking à Nollywoodienne. This begs the question whether this is the most sustainable and sole option at our disposal. No one can deny the fact that Nollowood is  the 3rd largest film industry worldwide but no one should deny that it is not a reference. Nollywood works for Nigeria because of their loyalty to anything labelled “Naija” and because of  the market:150 million people strong. But longterm, Nollywood won’t work for Cameroon because the dynamics at play here are different. Sure we can  learn from Nollywood but the learning process shouldn’t include striving to be like it; poor picture quality,monotonous storylines,clichés and under-the-bottom visual effects. If we must must learn something from Nollywood it is not to be like it. Nollywood’s pioneering role cannot be denied but if we want to copy Nollywood we will be perpetuating mediocrity that it is trying so hard to shed. Just have a look at recent Nollywood releases like “The Mirror Boy“. So what am I suggesting. If we want to lay the groundwork for a quality-based and sustainable film industry we can build a synergy with those our French-speaking brothers who have a quality-based outlook on cinema. Bassek Bâ khobio,Jean-Pierre Bekolo and a host of others. When you look at the films of these directors (Sango Malo, Silence de La Forêt,Quartier Mozart just to name a few) and their cinematographic clout on the world scene you realise that we have can drew immensely from their  rich experiences. With their help we can get access to some of the home-based knowhow that they work with. When this is done  we can caste Nollywood actors for the sake of making a grand and smooth entry into the  Nigerian and world market. Simply put,we should look here at home. This choice is only if we want to stand out and become a reference. But if we want mediocrity as usual we shouldn’t change a thing. If we choose the latter let’s  just remember: there is a yawning gap between “videography” and cinematography.


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February
27

Hi there nexdimemperors and nexdimempresses. Permit us add another Cameroonian artists to your already- impressive collection. Andréa Museba is her name. She is another Cameroonian artists we discovered during our constant searches. She is the daughter of a Cameroonian father and a Congolese mother. Her name Museba means “sound of the trumpet” in the douala vernicular. Last year she released her first album -made up of 12 tracks- entitled ‘One day’ . This release was marked by an acclaimed performance at the Goethe Institute in Yaounde. Make your own opinion of this latest addition to the Cameroonian music scene. Below is one of her videos entitled “Nayo slowly”. Watch and let us know what you think of her music.


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February
25

 

Nexdim Empire caught up with the CEO of Ngwana Films Production, Eddie Goffi Ngwana in his studio at Krammar Avenue in Kumba and decided to help you discover him just after the release of his new traditional movie ‘The Beadsmaker’. Actually, we had to discover Eddie is a camera person, does video production,takes care of lightings and is also a film maker.

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Nexdim: Hello

Eddie: Hello

Nexdim: So tell the world about yourself

ED: Well, talking about me I come from a royal family- the Ngwana’s family. My name is Edmund Goffi Nwana but i like to be called Eddie Goffi.

Nexdim: What is NFP (Ngwana films production) all about?

Eddie: NFP started 9years ago that’s in 2003, I had the drive to start something like a production house and actually I had my very first in 2007 titled ‘Venerated Tradition’. The movie was written by me and right now it is an African Magic production since it was bought. And the one thing I so very much enjoyed about the movie is that it got me two very special awards- Best Costume and Best Locations in the ‘La Nuit de Court Metrage’ award ceremony and Best Actress and Best Costume too in Ace Award that took place at Palais des congres Yaounde.

Nexdim: Some of your works please

Eddie: I have a serial production which came after Venerated Tradition in 2010, it is called ‘Yanore N’a Ngwe’ meaning ‘Son of the lion’. I also have ‘Bloody Chase’ and the newly released ‘Beadsmaker’ which will be launched officially next week.

Nexdim: If you were to tell who in the movie industry inspires you most starting from Cameroon, Africa and the world, who will it be?

Eddie: In Cameroon I’d say Agbor Gilbert (Befor the Sun Rise), in Africa- Teco Benson, chidi Chikere and Emeka Ike and in the world – Peter D Marshal and Stephen Spilberg.

Nexdim: How can you assess the industry in Cameroon?

Eddie:   Cameroon comes third after Nigeria and Ghana. We have some very hardworking film makers am talking about people like  Agbor Steve, Neba Lawrence, penjo,musing Deric and many more. In no time we will stand the best of time, i mean with our virgin stories we are sure to, remember we are talking of a country with about 251 tribes and the ore the tribes, the more stories we have to tell.

Nexdim: What do you think can be done to ameliorate or make a positive change in the industry?

Eddie:   First is sponsorship and the second is the training of our actors and entire crew, then we need enough collaboration and determination amongst ourselves. They should be committed to their commitment because all these things are very essential and i make sure myself that they are put into practice in my production house.

Nexdim: Are you married?

Eddie: No, most of my girls run away from me as aresult of the nature of my work.

Nexdim: What do you like eating most?

Eddie: Corn fufu and kati kati

Nexdim: Twas nice talking to you

Eddie: Same here the pleasure is all mine.

 


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February
25

Cameroon’s got talent. That’s what we keep saying and that’s we at nexdimempire want the world to see. Two of Cameroon’s most promising music  stars Teety Tezano and Danielle Eog (who featuerd alongside Krotal in the song “Je wanda“) have teamed up for a song titled “Hold on sister”. I don’t know about you but just from the bits I’ve listened to this far, it’s pure gold especially if you’re a fan of soul. A slice of soul seasoned with hints of blues – this dish is called great music.  In this song, the two ladies sound like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. I can ‘t wait for the  video which has apparently been shot already. Cameroon forward ever, forward only. Take a sneak listen and tell you’re not impressed if you’re a connoisseur. May God grease their vocals so they can always sound this great. Most Cameroonians unfortunately don’t listen to this kind of music. Tant pis pour eux.


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February
25

Yaounde-based rapper and producer , X-Kluzif has signed up with his official debut video ”Rippin dem off ‘. Asopo Armstrong a.k.a X-Kluzif started his music career in Buea alongside Big Flo (currently in USA).The rap-duo dubbed T&S (Tall and Short) is today non-existent both artists pursuing  solo careers. It’s quite amazing to know that X-Kluzif and Steveslil are cousins. In this video, Douala-based Mboa Hip Hop nominee for Best Producer (Je ne donne pas le lait by Duc Z) ,  Z-lex makes a cameo appearance. The video was directed by Akumbom Valery.

Get yourself ripped off !!

Contact: http://www.facebook.com/xkluzif


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February
24

Douala originated makossa twin brothers Epee and Koum are one of Cameroon’s most prominent makossa artists who have kept the flame burning in the background for a very long period of time now.

The duo who started their musical career in the early 80s as background singers and choralist for old timers king Dina Bell who now is their mentor, had one of the best makossa CDs in the 90s with albums like ‘Makossa Collection Non- stop, suited by ‘Soukoumakossa’ (second album at the time).

As artists, they really became too too prominent with a makossa decale track which featured Kool Bass entitled ‘Kathy’.

Presently, the brothers are in Cameroon for promotional tour of their latest released album ‘L’Attente’ and with tracks like ‘Ordonnance‘, it is but evident that real old timers makossa in Cameroon though dormant, is on its verge of rebirth.

Being aware of how nostalgic this piece will drive us, lets help reduce the dryness in y’all throats with an old time longue track ‘Dikom’ by these two, it will be followed by their newest ‘Ordonnance’.

Watch, Enjoy and Dance!!!

 


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February
24

In as much as we salute the recent rise and surge in the Cameroonian hip hop movement, one cannot say it’s been Christmas all the way. The positive changes noticed with regards to the videos,beats and moves have created the perfect  smokescreen for something notoriously offensive to creep in : the “N” word. It has become common place  for some artists to infuse their songs with the word. Looking at their swag when they utter that insult one would be forgiven for forgetting the word is offensive. Hip-hop is a culture which should reflect the context of its converts. The Cameroonian social setting makes the use of the word inappropriate. The use of that word by Cameroonian hip-hop artists is a blatant indication of their copycat propensity  and  subtle proof of their lack of originality. The “N” word is an insult to an entire people,a perpetuation of  an oppressed past, a degradation of their achievements and disrespect to those who fought for its relegation to the backyard. Don’t get me wrong. I am no advocate of   of solidarity with African-Americans through the unification of our struggles. No, this is not my point. It would be illogical because Lil Wayne and others still  resort to this word. Why sympathise with people who perpetuate their own woes? I am simply saying that the appearance and continued existence of this insult in our hip-hop is inappropriate. We do not have the social paradigm that justifies the use of the word . If our daily realities are different why should our insults be the same? The use of this word only bears testament to our lack of originality. With our multilingual heritage we have an breathtaking arsenal of words  to choose  from if we must  exercise our rude muscles. Feel free to disagree. It’s a human right,right? Lol


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