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March
30

American music superstar Akon recently performed live in Douala upon the invitation of a major brand. Going by press reports  and testimonies, it was thrilling. This concert adds to a long line of concerts by foreign stars in Cameroon. While their coming has often been hailed as a good thing given that it provides, by ricochet, greater exposure to our own artists, the tide seems to be changing. Is it? It was interesting to read some Cameroonians online decrying the pay package dulled to the opening acts. Some even went ahead to threaten boycotting the concerts of these international superstars who are paid GARGANTUAN sums. While we commiserate with such views, it is worth noting that this trend will only continue. Why? Until, our urban musicians shed mediocrity and start churning hit after hit not only for their regions or sub-divisions but also for Cameroon and the world, they will never be given the financial respect given to guys like Akon. Corporate endorsements and sponsorship aren’t based on sentiments but business. The brands that invite these international stars do so because it makes business sense. How many Cameroonian urban musicians can keep a group interested for an hour? To do that you need not one,two,three or four hits to your name. You need an impressive repertoire as well as stage accessories like choreography and costumes. I know it’s not fair folks but that’s the way of the game. Other factors such as the youth of urban music genres, poverty, apathy and others equally account for this situation. But I think if we’re honest with ourselves we ‘ll see that the problem is mostly our mediocrity or should I say the hitslessness of our urban artists in particular. Feel free to agree or disagree. By the way,I didn’t hear any of the opening acts complain about their dough.


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March
30

Cameroonian hip-hop sensation Jovi has served connoisseurs another hit from his arsenal. The song is titled “Pitié and features seventies Congolese  star Tabu Ley Rochereau. The track is  Jovi giving an urban twist to an African classic. I don’t think I will be wrong to say this song is a tribute from a contemporary urban musician  to  a respected African music icon. And yes, you got it right, Febraury 16 directed the video so it’s worth its weight in music video gold. Fans will at least enjoy the video. Bon appetit.


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March
29

This is the first time we are featuring this artist here on nexdimempire.comKilla Mel is a Douala- based rap artist who has been in the game for some time now. Signed to KOV Rekordz, he recently released a 14 track album titled “Vert,rough ,jaune dans le noir“. Recognition wise, he recently was the opening act during the concert of French rapper Kery James. As a rap artist, he sees lyrics as an important component of a rapper’s artistic arsenal. Apart from pursuing his rap goals, he is also a student in accounting which I guess will help him keep count of the dough when it starts rolling in. Below is one of his videos K.O.V which I must confess is pretty good. No butt-swinging half naked girls or bling just a depiction of life through the various shades of a metropolitan city. Hope you enjoy.


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March
29

If you’re one of those who still doubts Cameroon’s reputation and appeal as a spot for urban music then get this. DjaOmic  is a Comoros born Limbe -based artist. After a 15 year stay in France, the artist arrived Cameroon in 2010 and easily settled into the budding urban music movement. His album “La derniere porte de l’ombre” was released recently and got input from heavyweights like Sultan Oshimihn, and Bashiru just to name a few. Two video releases My black life” and “La situation est critique have also been released to accompany the album. The second video was done by Red Zone pro Bobby Shaman and shooting actually took place in Middle farms, Limbe. Enjoy. It’s a failed attempt at reggae dancehall music,I think.


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March
28

Hey all fans of the Ajebota king West Don here is the golden ticket to meet your favorite  artist as he will be performing live on stage at theBuea International Trade Fair come Friday the 30th of March 2012.

Come one come all and feel the bomb exploding from Cameroon’s own mistaken by many as Nigeria’s. Do not miss this opportunity as we help you reminisce on West, this is ‘Ajebota’

Enjoy!


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March
28

The Virus squad entertainment house based in Kumba presents to the entire public of its most powerful 120 episodes serial movie entitled ‘The Whole Truth’.

As such they are searching for more actors and actresses with real raw talents in them who can make things happen. Forms for the auditioning are available at moderate price of 2.ooo francs CFA and the good news is these actors and actresses will be paid cash.

For more info contact:     (+237) 74 96 57 47 /  73 22 16 50

Publisher: Tah Terence


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March
28

Party people, listen up. Prepare yourselves and your most smashing attires for this unique event. Come April 21 this year the seaside town of Limbe will play host to Cameroon’s first ever red carpet event. The FIX IT Show is going to be held at the Holiday Inn Resort,Limbe. It is going to be the finest gathering of classy and stylish people so don’t stay home. The event is going to be spiced with grand live performances from the hottest entertainers you can imagine, red carpet interview of celebrities, international media, fix it dance performance, free fix it cocktail all through the occasion and lots of wonderful prices to be won. Hope I said it was going to be filmed live.  It is an exclusive invite only event so all those who have only heard of paparazzis and celebrities should endeavour to be there so they can get the star  treatment they’ve always dreamed.

For guest list please register here: http://www.thesamandangoshow.com/index.php/fix-it-events-2012

For artists wanting to perform please register here:  http://www.thesamandangoshow.com/index.php/be-at-the-show

For invitations and other info on this event, kindly get in touch with:                                     Renata via 93200971                or             Paul 0447868899074.

Be there, be part of entertainment history.


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March
26

The Cameroonian music scene is a diverse mix of all sorts of people who are united by their love of the game and their immense talent. One of those is Rio Phills whose love for hip-hop in particular and music in general comes from deep within. We caught up with the artist and he had this to say.

Nexdimempire.com: Kindly tell our readers who Rio Phills is?

Rio Phills: Hi everybody. There’s not much to say about me. I’m just a  guy who loves music and who wants to share that passion with people all over the world.

Nexdimempire.com: When did you get into music and what are some of your influences?

Rio Phills: I have been making music for four or five years now and I listen to many genres ranging from Rock ‘n’ Roll to pop, country, r’n’b, hip-hop, electro and so much more. Some of my favorite artists are people like  Mohombi,2 Face Idibia, K’Naan, Akon , Linkin Park, Nneka, Ayo  and others.

Nexdimemmpire.com: Why then are you drawn to hip-hop in particular?

Rio Phills: Destiny. ( laughs). Seriously, I can’t explain this. During  my childhood, I listened to all  kinds of music but I’ve decided to sing r’n’b, hip-hop, electro. It’s just how it goes . It’s the style of music I like the most. It comes from deep within my soul.

Nexdimempire.com: What are your impressions about the state of hip-hop in Cameroon?

Rio Phills: There are many great talents but the hip-hop industry here needs more support, promotion and professionalism.

Nexdimempire.com: What are your accomplishments so far and what more are you planning?

Rio Phills: Since I started, some people have always been telling me to make an album. I think that an artist doesn’t only have to  make an album for the sake of making an album. You have to be strategic. First of all, you should build your fan base with people who will support your music and who will be able to buy it when they  hear it’s been released. Many unknown hip-hops artists here often release albums; it is not bad but you must get great promotion in order to succeed in such a situation. Talking about me and my career, first of all ,I want to release my first single because this far  I only have demos recorded and mastered by me. I think that today I am ready to make a single and I want it to be international. I am taking all my time to work on it. It can be ready in a few months. I will make a video and I will promote it. I’m self-sponsored but I would really like to get a contract with a producer or a label to help me achieve this.

Nexdimempire.com: With your experiences so far, will you encourage anybody to become a hip-hop artist in Cameroon and why?

Rio Phills: Why not? But never abandon your studies to make music. First of all, you should consider hip-hop as a hobby, a passion. Your education should be your priority. Me for example, I’m a student in the University here in Cameroon. Maybe if you sign a serious contract then you can concentrate all your energy on your career.

Nexdimempire.com: Any last word?

Rio Phills: Download and listen to my demos for free on my reverbnation page   http://www.reverbnation.com/riophills . Tell your friends, family, and everybody around you to do same . The first single is coming soon with an official video as well. For more, join my official facebook page http://www.facebook.com/riophillsmusic

Nexdimempire.com: Thanks for your time.

Rio Phills: You are welcome. All the pleasure is mine.

There you have it nexdim people. For anyone seeking to contact Rio Phills, here are his contacts: Mail: riophills@ymail.com Phone: 00237 97 61 59 07 Links: http://www.facebook.com/riophillsmusic

http://www.reverbnation.com/riophills  http://www.twitter.com/riophills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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March
26

Here is the long-awaited official video to the Daniel Eog and Teety Tezano song “Hold on sister”. It is just a teaser so don’t expect to relish the full length of this soul track featuring two of Cameroon’s rising stars. The video ,as you will see,  is great and was shot as a conversation between the two artists during which they support and encourage one another. This great video is directed by Daniel Beth. If you love soul then this is Christmas but if you don’t, you will still enjoy the video which is great.


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March
25

Its an all brand nu weekend and here is our privileged Star of the Week in no other personality than the host of  Crystal Beauty Show. She is a Cameroonian by nationality, was born in Douala and raised in Bamenda and presently resides in Boston, USA. As an only child to a single mum, we bring more insights into how she came about the show and what the show is all about.

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Nexdim: What’s  the show all about?

Crys: Well the show is about everything, actually I talk about fashion, movies, music and I also do adverts and promos on the show. Viewers email me questions about relationships or whatever and I answer them on the show, I  do interviews as well. So its really about what the viewers want you to be.

Nexdim: How did the conception come to finally be a reality?

Crys: Well it started off as a joke really when I look back its really funnny….it started on valentines day 2011 when my friend Frank called me up and told me to tune on the radio that he has a surprise for me, when  I did, he had dedicated a song for me so I asked him how he got in touch with the radio and he said he and his friends created it so I asked to be a webcaster and they accepted.                                                                           So I have been on the radio for sometime until I got a good fan base then I thought to myself  I have always wanted to be an actress why cant I  make this radio show a video show… from then I started off just doing random videos and got alot of positive feedback from it, so decided to start taking it seriously and here  I am now.

Nexdim: You keep talking about the radio, which radio station was that?

Crys: The radio was naijaradio234 but the name was changed this year to triodebox I still host the radio show on Thursdays.

Nexdim: Thanks for your time

Crys: You welcome anytime

Nexdim brings you Episodes 1 & 2 of the Crystal Beauty Show season 1

Enjoy!!!

 

   


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