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December
31

kaptDr Kapt has given his fans a

nice end- of- year gift. He has just released a brand new track titled “I must adapt“. The Marc  Eff – produced song is vintage Dr Kapt : hard hitting rhymes punctuated with pounding beats.  Listen and enjoy.


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December
29

Cameroon born Artist and Producer Yong Flo has released a video for his new single “Boo Thang“. As a friendly reminder, Yong Flo was formally known as Big Flo to all those that were in Buea back in the days (2005-2008). He

was a member of the  rap group T and S a.k.a Tall and Short with Xclusif.

All we can say is  America has had a strong influence in his music.
Enjoy !


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December
27

petitEver the news maker, Petit Pays or should I say Effata is at it again. The Cameroonian makossa super star used the just ended  “La Grande Nuit du Palais” concert to steal the spotlight from the other performers. The star told the crowd that henceforth he will now go by the name

Effata which means open in Aramean. So, no more “Lawyer for women, le neveu de Jesus” or Rabbi Rabbi. He also said that this is the title of his 12 track – upcoming album due for release in January 2013. Far from being only a name change, this latest declaration can rightly be considered as further confirmation of the artist”s recent born- again leanings which started after he is said to have visited famous T.V. evangelist Prophet T.B. Joshua. This  however raises the question of whether he has truly repented or is simply trying to generate some hype. Remember Effata is culled from Mark 7-31.


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December
27

etoHis ferry tale story gets a new chapter with each passing day and his super star status is confirmed. Samuel Eto”o the super star and the subject of praise songs is now a comic book hero. The 49 page comic strip was presented yesterday December 26 , 2012 and details the life of the Cameroonian wonder kid. Co-authored by the hero himself and Joelle Esso, the series is titled “Eto”0 Fils : Birth of a champion” (our translation) and is an attempt by the F.C. Anji frontman to tell the story of his rise from humble beginnings to royal settings. When we know that getting one”s own comic book is but one of the trappings of stardom,

we can begin to wonder what next. Is it a biopic? Let”s just watch and see.

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December
27

dencia(1)After a period of relative silence, Cameroonian music diva Dencia has hit the music scene with a brand new track titled “Me and you”. For this great piece of Afro – hiphop, Dencia went international, teaming up with Ghanian rapper Sarkodie. The song’s dancehall edge only adds to its club – banger appeal. Without pretending to be in Dencia’s mind, this song can rightly be considered to be her end- of -year gift to her fans worldwide. Enjoy.


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December
24

songFootball-wise, this  is a  year worth forgetting for Cameroon. After failing to qualify for any major competition this year, the country”s football family has registered yet another setback. Both Cameroonian nominees for 2012 CAF Awards Alexandre Song in the best  overseas – based player category and Yannick N”Djeng in the best Africa – based player category- failed to walk home with the prizes. F.C. Barcelone”s Alexandre Song came in third behind Didier Drogba and award winner Yaya Toure while Yannick N”Djeng lost out to the award winner in his category Mohammed

Aboutrika. The only consolation is Rigobert Song getting the Legend Award and his nephew Alexandre Song making it into the CAF 2012 best 11.


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December
21

patrica-boowenWhile  artists occupy the musical foreground with their voices, performances, fashion and scandals, other music industry insiders own and rule the background with their talent at detecting and managing talent. One such music background heavyweight in Cameroon is artist manager Patricia Bowen. You guessed right, she is a lady and that is a plus. After a stint reading bilingual letters at the University of Douala, Patricia enrolled and graduated from the Ndi Samba Higher Institute

with university diploma in Marketing. Her goal had always been to do event management. After stopovers in Denmark and France, she returned to Cameroon in 2000 and stayed for good. In 2004, she got her big break  working as the artistic director of the urban music fest “Kamer Groove“.This far, she has acquired vast experience and already has many achievements to her name. Some of these are managing  artists like Koppo, Krotal, organising concerts, and much more. She has set up an artist management outfit AMURA. This is one person upcoming artists can turn to for guidance.

Contacts: http://www.amurazone.wordpress.com/

Emailamura07@gmail.com
www.myspace.com/amurazone
http://amurazone.skyrock.com/

Tél.:             ( 237) 99 75 98 00       /             ( 237) 77 44 64 98


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December
19

I had completely lost hope in the future of Cameroonian music particularly given the recent westernized brand of music created by the youth.

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That hope was reawakened when I got a couple of tracks by up-and-coming Cameroonian pop/Afro hip hop group, Black Triangle. “Promising” is a word that denotes a quality that might assure one of success. “Promising” is the word I will use in qualifying this group. I have listened to tracks by Black Triangle but for the sake of brevity, let me give you an appraisal of two tracks—Kongosa Bed and Je Te Ya Mo.
Kongosa Bed is a metaphor, a gritty sexual innuendo with a mid tempo tune. With voices slightly auto tuned, the song fills you with a sense of listening to The Dream without actually seeming like one of his songs. It is paradoxical I know but that’s just how it feels. It is different in sound but the same kind of suppleness. Not the crazy, whimsical over auto-tune of T-Pain. The song is African, Cameroonian, with all the slangs and metaphoric expressions that can possibly be associated with it but the very strength of it is in the vocal artistry of the singers. They are all creative and unique.

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Nubed Colin aka A.C.E, has a supple mid range voice but a strong determined delivery. He comes off as one of those rare artists with a talent to play vocally and still sound great. Afro-pop actually might be his strongest niche but he can always deliver in other brands with relative ease.
Cuthbert (Cuth B), is rough and lyrically unrestrained and he does this with an imperfect notoriety. So I guess the best description is that he is perfectly flawed. He is the kind of artist who is so good, he himself can hardly escape his genius.
Then there is Arrey Rhymes. Stop for a second and catch your breath. Then join me in saying that if Black Triangle is a godhead, Arrey Rhymes is the Christ. And I am assuming that Christ can sing. That talent is not mentioned in the Bible. He is so good, he seems like salvation. Vocally, he sounds so velvety and rare and with an unapologetic savior faire.
Which brings us to Je Te Ya Mo. The song samples Dami Duro by a Nigerian artist. It is a beautiful up tempo song with a catchy hook. Again, it is a sexual innuendo. Which seems to be their forte but which I quite frankly think needs not be overdone. Je Te Ya Mo succeds purely on creativity and

the vocals. You know you are listening to a sample of Dami Duro but you are not filled with an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. The sound itself has been reworked to accommodate a new musical style and Rhymes again towers high almost dwarfing the original. It is a totally sing along song with an anthemic feel and completely dancehall. When Arrey chants “I go trowe you my Euro, baby se toi que je te Ya Mo/Ndolo”, you feel like you have being filled with Ecstacy—the drug that is. You will leave everything on the dance floor. But the climax of the song is the intoxicating drummer thumping at the end of the song. Yes, it is a sample but a stellar, creative one with a feel of originality.
Then there is the unheard voice in the whole Black Triangle phenomenon but without whom it would seem nothing is possible—Arrey Manyi William Takor. He is a mastermind, a genius and oh such a fine designer and artist. From the direction of the group, to management, to the designing of the logo of the group, to the track covers, Takor has proven a know-how which is comparable to none I have seen in Cameroon. With more exposure (and he will be getting it) I am convinced we will be hearing of him for a longtime.
In all, there are a couple of artists such as Jovi, Denzel, Stevesil etc who are making waves and whom I pray succeed but none of them have the sheer talent and artistry that Black Triangle possess. I know it might seem incorrect to say this after all we are all trying so hard to like Don 4 Kwat by Jovi but the truth is that it is a pale effort though I’ll always admire efforts. With the same level of production and exposure, Black Triangle might just usher in the promise of a new era of afro-inspired artists we so direly need.

source: Goth Tick Times


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December
19

etoAs the season pulls to a close, fans of  Samuel Eto”o”s Russian side F.C.  Anji have  been called to vote for the best club goal  of the season. Two of the nine goals that have been preselected belong to Indomitable Lion and F.C. Anji  captain Samuel Eto”o. The first goal is one he scored against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and the second is during their 5 – 2 spanking of Krasnodar. If you

want to see the Cameroonian striker come out on top, go to  http://www.fc-anji.ru/news/en/fc_anji_news/anji_best_goals_of_season_181212/and vote. Ivoirian striker Mbark Boussoufa also has two goals nominated.


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December
19

Aren”t remixes supposed to be as good as if not better than the original track? That is the way things are supposed to be until you listen to the Byg Tee – featuring remix of  Constance Bk”s “Set

me free“.  A flat unenchanting vocal rendition and cliché – ridden lyrics are the order of the day or should one say of the remix. Get  a listen for yourselves and make an opinion.


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