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April
2

The advent of digital music production has rendered music production affordable and easy. No doubt , our burgeoning music industry has witnessed the sprouting up of a plethora of record labels both major scale and indie scale.
Artists are often lured into inking record deals as this often comes with the splendour of accomplishing their dreams to churn out chart-topping hits, sealing performance deals, bagging endorsements etc . Signing record deals require utter caution and discernment. Don’t get carried by the upfront signing bonuses you receive from the label and think you are already succeeding. That might sometimes be a facade to ensnare your career.
When you get signed, some labels give you an advance fund to buy clothes , your upkeep , rent a house or even buy a car . Don’t be fooled. This money is just part of their investment budget to be recouped when you start selling records, getting performance deals or endorsement. The label takes into consideration all its expenses like promotion fees , recording session payments , video shoot payments and branding. That’s why when an artist is no longer making commercially appealing music, the label gets frustrated .
Anyway, we have exceptional cases where “Ngess men” create labels just to garner fame, get the girls and don’t really care about the profit margin. No stakes .
The failure to gauge the terms of the contract and how it will affect your career is usually a pitfall for many Cameroonian artists .
Most of these deals are signed by artists without consulting a lawyer for professional legal advice and the outcome has been overly ruinous. You get yourself screwed and handcuffed in a dungeon . Getting a legal practitioner is a preemtive tactic against ruthless record label owners .
Some artists are under labels based on friendship without formal contracts under the pretext of “just cam make we di work, we see how e go be ” or some informal pronouncements and engagements.
Over the years, artists have been severing ties with their record labels and we’ve been trying to decipher the reasons for their unprecedented exit .
Signing a deal is quite challenging. You are compelled to write hit songs, sometimes your creative direction is swerved .
You hear things like “You have to sound a little like Daphne or write the Calee kind of song ” , “Write a song with French lines ” , “I’m not feeling the song at all” etc .
What about doing a song you think is good enough to make a groundbreaking hit and the label decides to keep it in the computer without releasing it for years or you drop a song and it’s not getting any promotion . Quite frustrating for the artist right ?
The phenomenon of labels keeping your song without releasing it has been highly debatable. Artists in EU countries are even proposing the ” use-it-or-lose-it” clause in record deals which means if a label is not making a song available to the public, the label returns the song to the artist.
Most artists fall prey to the whims and caprices of label owners simply because they are ignorant .
Some other artists them di enter shock so, na over sabi.
Before signing a record deal , artists should be aware of some basic elements of a typical recording contract.
– The term of the contract. This simply means how long the contract will last. This is determined by the record label depending on how many albums you’ll be recording. But I’ll advice Artists not to sign for more than one year. Could be renewable. By limiting it to one year, you prevent the label from effectively controlling your life and creative direction for an unreasonable duration . Keep your options open. One never knows the future.
-The territory. This refers to the geographical area the label is allowed to sell your music.
-Exclusivity. This gives the label exclusive right to all the artists recorded performances in video and audio during the term of the contract.
– Artist royalties and mechanical royalties . Artist royalties are paid to the artist for his recorded performances while mechanical royalties are paid to the songwriters/publishers of the songs. Artists need to know that the contract has to specify a certain percentage to be paid to them each time he is booked for a gig or gets an endorsement. These details need to be well spelled out to eschew the embarrassment and injury .
– All Recording , video and promotion costs shall be covered by the label .
Why am I saying all these ?
After signing a deal with Universal Records Africa November 2017, we have witnessed Tenor’s relevance and fame dwindling after he had established a fan lovemark with hits. Locko who also signed to the same label last year is now pining and wanting himself out of the label . He even posted on Facebook a week ago that he’s thinking of quitting music . Infact, label fit give you high blood when you sign blindly .
Glancing through my Facebook timeline , a post of Phillbill decrying exploitation in the music industry caught my attention .
Phillbill is an ace songwriter, producer and singer whom in my humble opinion enormously contributed to the success and bliss Pit Bacardi is currently basking in.
He was supposed to sign a dual contract with different clauses with the label as (Dianee) of Rythmz , the singer and as his alter ego Phillbill , the music producer and songwriter.
In this light , Phillbill was supposed to earn both artist and mechanical royalties from the label.
I’m sure he hasn’t been paid for all the instrumentals he’s been producing for Empire Company till the recent POWER project.
Since a label is normally supposed to pay for all record production costs , I believe Pit Bacardi was to pay Phillbill upfront for every song he produces and pay Kezzy for every song he mixes and masters under the label.
Some record deals turn you into a slave . If you fetish being signed by a label, please be wise.


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November
25

The 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA held in Accra, Ghana on November, 24, 2018 had in attendance music stars, dignitaries, and music lovers across the continent, the annual music event seeks to celebrate and reward African talents who have done exceedingly well in the year. 

With a total of 36 categories, the 5th AFRIMA winners are culled from the Regional and Continental categories. In addition, special recognition awards fully decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA is awarded to individuals who have impacted positively to the world using their craft. 

The 5th AFRIMA Legendary awards was given to the internationally recognized South African singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The music legend, who is “dubbed Princess of Africa” has a career span of over 30 years with several hit albums, has performed for notable personalities within and outside the country. 

Executive Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode was awarded a special recognition for his contributions towards the growth and development of the Arts and Tourism sector of Lagos state, most importantly the role Lagos state played as official host of AFRIMA in its last 4 years from 2014 – 2017. 

In what turned out to be an emotional moment for the audience, a special recognition awards was given to one of Ghana’s music veteran, Teddy Osei, the leader of the famous Osadebe group, an Atropop band created in 1969. The veteran who was helped to the stage in a wheelchair had been suffering from a mild stroke, but was overwhelmed by such great honour. 

REGIONAL CATEGORY

Best Female Artiste in Central Africa

Daphne / Cameroon / Jusqu’à La Gare

Best Male Artiste in Central Africa

-Fally Ipupa / DRC / Mannequin Ft Keback & Naz

Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa

-Betty G / Ethiopia / Mengedegna

Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa

-Bebe Cool / Uganda / Freedom

Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa

-Lyna Mahyem ft Medi Meyz /Algeria / Bye Bye

Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa

-Hamza El Fadly / Morocco / Ya Mraya

Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa

-Shekhinah / South Africa / Please Mr

Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa

-Nasty C / South Africa / Jungle

Best Female Artiste in Western Africa

-Tiwa Savage / Nigeria / Ma Lo Ft. Wizkid & Spellz

Best Male Artiste in Western Africa

-Davido / Nigeria / Fia

CONTINENTAL CATEGORY

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

-Betty G / Ethiopia / Wegegta

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

-Davido / Nigeria / FIA

BEST AFRICAN VIDEO

-Sesan / Gringo (Shatta Wale) / Nigeria

BEST AFRICAN ACT IN DIASPORA

-Hazel Mak / Malawi / Jaiva Ft. Roberto & Tay Grin

BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION

-GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo / Ghana-Nigeria / Akwaaba

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY

-Kidi / Ghana / Odo Remix Ft. Mayorkun & Davido

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN DANCE OR CHOREOGRAPHY

-Mr P. / Nigeria / Ebeano

BEST AFRICAN DJ

-Afrotronix / Chad / OyO

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ELECTRO

-Master KG / South Africa / Skeleton Move Ft. Zanda Zakuza

BEST AFRICAN DUO, GROUP OR BAND

– Toofan / Togo / Money

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN HIP HOP

-M.ANIFEST FT KING PROMISE / Ghana / ME NE WOA

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN JAZZ

-Sibusiso Mashiloane / South Africa / Niza

BEST AFRICAN RAPPER OR LYRICIST

-Falz / Nigeria / La Fête

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN POP

-2Baba / Nigeria / Amaka Ft. Peruzzi

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN RAGGA, REGGAE & DANCEHALL

-Stonebwoy / Ghana / Hero

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN R ‘N’ B & SOUL

-Praiz / Nigeria / Champagne and Flowers

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ROCK

– Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh / Egypt / Ekaa Maksour

BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN TRADITIONAL

-Irene Namatovu / Uganda / Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

-Sandra Nankoma / Uganda / Kaddugala

BEST MALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

-Sarkodie / Ghana / Glory Ft. Yung

MOST PROMISING ARTISTE IN AFRICA

-Kuami Eugene / Ghana / Confusion

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

-Fresh VDM / Togo / Fia

REVELATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

-Betty G / Ethiopia / Ere Manew

SONG OF THE YEAR

-GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo / Akwaaba / Ghana

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

-Shekhinah Donell, Amon Taulo Chibiya II / South Africa / Different Ft. Mariechan

AFRICAN FANS’ FAVOURITE

-Nedy Music / Tanzania / One and Only Ft. Ruby


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June
22

Buea based fashion designer, owner of Mareta West has been showered accolades for her dazzling designs displayed on the red carpet at Ward Zee premiere at Mountain Hotel last weekend. Actress Onyama Laura looked absolutely flawless as she rocked a gold detailed dress and lead actress Gobina Charlotte equally looked sizzling in her black , purple embroidered gown all clad by Mareta West. Reneta has inarguably stepped up her game . 

Onyama Laura

Gobina Charlotte

 


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June
4
 

The fourth edition of the Golden Movie Awards Africa(GMAA) took place on Sunday 3rd at the  Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra.

The event was highly patronized by  filmmakers from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon and Ivory Coast for the 2018 Golden Movie Awards Africa.

This year’s edition was hosted by popular Nigerian comedian AY and Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas.

The star-studded event saw celebs such as Nikki Samonas, Nana Ama McBrown, Veteran actor Fred Amugi, Nigerian actress Lilian Esoro, Lydia Forson, Vicky Zugah, Salma Mumin, Fiifi Coleman, Jackie Appiah, Cameroon’s Allene Menget, Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Ekow Smith-Asante, Gloria Sarfo, Peter Ritchie, just to mention a few

Cameroon’s flag was well brandished at the event with 6 awards to bring home . The blockbuster movie “A good time to divorce” won best drama story and Overall Golden Movie , Alenne Menget won Best actor , Nkanya Nkwai won Best director and writer and Anurin Nwunembong won Best art director. 

A compilation of the full list of winners of the 2018 Golden Movie Awards below:

Golden Makeup Artiste

Nodryn Evanci (Forbidden)

Golden Costume

Awenseba Ali-Akpajiak (Baabani)

Golden Short Film

Iterum (Again)

Golden Editor

Bernard Makosa (10 Day in Suncity)

Golden Soundtrack (Original)

O.C. Ukeje (Potato Potahto)

Golden Art Director

Anurin Nwunembom (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Promising Actor

Eman Sinare (Baabani)

Golden Supporting Actor (Comedy)

Richard Mofe Damijo (10 Days in Suncity)

Golden Supporting Actress (Comedy)

Joke Silva (Potato Potahto)

Golden Indigenous Movie (Twi/Swahili/Hausa)

Baabani

Golden Cinematography

Stanlee Ohikhuare (Idahosa’s Trail)

Golden Editor (Video)

Yaw Karkon-Ampomah (Before the Vows)

Golden Story Drama (Movie)

Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Supporting Actress

Ebele Okaro (What’s Within)

Golden Discovery Actor

Lilian Echelon (Black Rose)

Golden Appreciation Award (Male)

Peter Richie

Golden Appreciation Award (Female)

Gloria Sarfo

Golden Writer Comedy (Movie)

Peter Sedufia (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Writer Drama (Movie)

Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Actor (Comedy)

John Dumelo (Before the Vows)

Golden Actress (Comedy)

Nana Ama McBrown, Sika Osei & Lydia Forson (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Actor (Drama)

Allene Menget (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Actress (Drama)

Lilian Echileon (Black Rose)

Golden Movie (Comedy-Story)

Rachel Adiku (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Documentary

GH One (Tramadol Documentary)

Golden Director

Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Overall Golden Movie

A Good Time to Divorce (Nkanya Nkwai)


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March
20

 

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March
19

 

Nexdim Entertainment is proud to present  a fresh edition of The NEXDIM SHOW . This edition features trendy news about Davido’s provocative statement about knowing just Stanley Enow and Eto’o in Cameroon,   The social media attack on Tzy Panchak about his Honda jeep, The Mutzig Star controversy , Salatiel & Magasco’s new video, X Maleya’s brand new album release , Skidi Boy’s new clothing brand and more. You can subscribe on our YouTube channel @Nexdim TV and watch exclusive entertainment vibes every Mondays 6Pm.


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August
27

This 5th episode of the famous Hansel Show takes humorous shots at Jovi, Gasha, Rigobert Song and politics .

New Bell boss Jovi has a strong addiction for flaunting weed in his music videos. The comedian says Jovi deserves his own brand of weed called ‘Joviweed” . The rapper has reacted to the video in a lighthearted manner contrary to what his fans expected. 

Gasha’s obscene outfit that went viral on social media is also a subject of humour on this episode. 

Former Cameroon football team captain and current coach of Intermediate Lions Rigobert Song’s seemingly unflinching support for the ruling party CPDM also ignited negative remarks on social media. 

To get the details and comic approach, watch the full video below. 


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August
14

In this extremely hilarious episode, Hansel , the comedian had Ewube as special guest.

He grills celebrity rapper Stanley Enow on his lyrics , getting excerpts that suggest the “Hein Pere” hitmaker can be a  good cook as he mentions a variety of soup ingredients ; pepper, Egusi,  Kanghwa etc. 

Stanley Enow has reacted to this comic approach by commenting with the “laughter emoticon” under the post. 

Apart from Stanley Enow,  he talks about Locko, Ewube, Rick Ross etc 

 


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August
8

Afrima (All Africa Music Awards) jury just churned out the list of nominees on the official Facebook page and Cameroon is dominantly represented in the Best Central African Artist categories . 

Locko and Jovi were nominated in the Best Male Central African artist category while Reggae Dancehall sensation Ewube ( Fall 4 u) , Daphne (Calee) , Mimie, Reniss (Manamuh),  Merveille, Montess (In luv wit a gunman)  mount the pedestal in the Best Female Central African artist category.  

The dust is yet to settle after Magasco’s name was erased from the list of nominees at AFRIMMA and substituted with Mr Leo and we are now facing another devastating blunder. 

The second successive nomination of Montess with the same song “In love wit a gunman” for this year’s edition of the award stirs up controversy and submerges us into a doubt of its credibility.

It’s quite evident that the judges are not meticulous in their selection , thus rendering the award debatable. 


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August
8

“On va gerer” hit-maker Mr Leo has unveiled his highly anticipated tune “Partout” produced by Salatiel. In this sweet-sounding mid-tempo and groovy opus,  he renders appreciation to his fans worldwide for showing him love and making his songs proliferate. Mr Leo is on a steady and unstoppable rise.

The video is festive !

Enjoy !


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