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March
2

Alpha Better Records singer Mr Leo has officially announced his recently signed endorsement deal with telephone manufacturing company ITEL mobile as a brand ambassador in Cameroon. The “Jamais Jamais” hitmaker presents it as a “big deal” . 


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February
24

New Bell Music’s Reniss has been basking in glory since the release of her monster hit “La sauce”. The captivating and thought-provoking  yet controversial phrase “Dans la sauce” was a remarkable trend during the just ended African Cup of Nations in Gabon championed by Cameroon. This phrase invented by New Bell Music went viral on media platforms across Africa and the President of the republic Paul Biya during his congratulatory speech equally made use of the phrase. 

Orange Cameroon,  a telephony company has taken advantage of the buzz “Dans la sauce” to proliferate their promotion campaign without permission from Jovi nor the artist Reniss who created the idea. Thus violating their intellectual property right.

Immediately this campaign surfaced online, New Bell Music has released a statement on Twitter condemning the act by the communication company and further threatened it won’t be easy on them.

New Bell Music is protective of our intellectual property. Corporations don’t have to exploit artist’s ideas for their own gain” 

Legally, if the patent has been protected by New Bell Music,  this is what can happen. 

A patent owner may enforce his patent by bringing a patent infringement action (lawsuit) in court against anyone who uses his invention without permission. If the lawsuit is successful, the court will take one of two approaches. It may issue a court order (called an injunction) preventing the infringer from any further use or sale of the infringing device, and award damages to the patent owner. Or, the court may work with the parties to hammer out an agreement under which the infringing party will pay the patent owner royalties in exchange for the use.

Affaire a suivre…

 


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December
28

It all started on December 27th when “Coller la petite” hit-maker Franko took to Facebook to derogate the winners of MTV Africa Music Awards , presumably the greatest achievement for an artist in Africa. The rapper intimated that there is no financial reward accompanied with the trophy. In a seemingly taunting manner, he earlier on dedicated his “Disque D’or” to the MTV Africa Music Awards.  He made use of the Jovi-coined word “Mongshung” to describe the award. 

Jovi’s new hit “Mongshung”is #1 Hip Hop tune on Trace Urban. 

December 28th,  Stanley Enow , the sole Cameroonian winner of the coveted MTV awards took to Facebook and posted Jovi’s latest tune “Mongshung” commending the song as one of his favorite this year 2016.

This post has astonished a myriad of fans and pundits who have known both rappers as foes. 

Jovi and Stanley Enow have had a rugged relationship in the past characterized by vocal jabs in songs and beefs most often dramatized by social media. Worth-noting, Stanley has always shown respect and utter appreciation for Jovi’s music from day one .

Jovi on his part showed Stanley Enow unflinching support when he was nominated for MTV Africa Music Awards , rallying his fans to vote for him. A stir of happiness and show of approval has moved across social media for Stanley’s move. To some, it’s a show of unity , humility and maturity. 

About 30 minutes after historic post , “Ca sort comme ca sort” rapper Maahlox has come into the scene with a baleful and provocative comment referring to Stanley Enow as an “ass-licker” meaning he is just a brown-nose who is trying to flatter Jovi with an intention of gaining something. From the comments on the post, Maahlox seems  to be enraged. I don’t know why. 

He informs Jovi in an idiomatic manner to tell Stanley to be careful because while trying to go down and lick, the crown might fall from his head. Interesting !

This has been the acme of trouble and heated controversy. It’s quite doubtful why Maahlox will throw such a jab at Stanley Enow. Is he creating a vicious cycle.  Check it below; 

There’s substantial amount of evidence of hatred and proof that Franko and Maahlox are teaming up to devalue Stanley Enow and his achievements.  

However,  in every hip hop game there must be “beefs” to instil interest and buzz. Remember Biggy and 2 Pac, Jay-Z & Nas,  Drake & Meek Mill .

Let’s wait for the next move.

We are Nexdim !

 


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December
27

Following an urgent press release communicated on social media, the usual venue of the Douala HipHop Festival has been changed abruptly .  The festival which was slated to commence today December 27th and end on December 30th at Stade Soppo Priso Bonapriso has been altered due to unforeseen circumstances.  

According to the organisers,  a white lady presumed to be of American nationality , came to the venue while the podium was being set up with her huge dog to complain that the noise from the event will be unbearable. The noise from that area has always prompted her to spend her nights at nearby Starland Hotel. She further stated. She therefore ordered the preps to discontinue.

Forces of law and order under her influence later stormed the area to stop the organisers from continuing with the preparations.

In this light, the team with deep regret has decided to move the event to Parc De Prince in Bali, Douala. However,  the program remains unchanged. 


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December
24

MTV BASE has unleashed a list of the hottest MCs this year 2016 in French Africa. The list comprises 4 Cameroonian rappers Stanley Enow, Maahlox, Pit Baccardi and Franko.  Stanley Enow has been a regular while Franko’s groundbreaking hit “Coller la petite” and Maahlox’s “Ca sort comme ca sort” has propelled to the acme of fame. An astonishing omission is Jovi whom many thought should be part of the list. 

Kudos ! 

 


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December
22

The famed “Bamenda Boy” Magasco has been having a torrent of criticism hurled at him for performing at the Presidential end of year party infront of the first lady Chantal Biya. This deluge has been due to the ongoing Anglophone struggle which the people think he was supposed to be part of the resistance and a voice of change.

Worth-noting, Magasco has been one of the celebrities who has been sending out positive messages for a peaceful protest and advocating for the Anglophone cry to be heard. 

The artist took to social media to express his deep commitment for the peaceful struggle and apologizes to the people who feel hurt by his action ; dinning and merrying with the regime. To some , Magasco is a two-timer or traitor.  

In defence to the rhetoric,  Magasco said some of such contracts are signed 8 months before and he couldn’t do otherwise. He remains committed to the Anglophone struggle.

However, some fans can’t take this criticism on Magasco. To them, he was just doing business. 

 


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December
22

Cameroonian artist Franko has made a remarkable and indelible footprint in music history in France by clinching the prestigious “Disque d’or” with his single “Coller la petite”. Apart from being the most watched video in 2015 in Africa,  getting numerous nominations and awards, Franko is the first African-based artist to traverse the 75,000 sales line on French soil. 

On his Facebook page he divulged with immense joy his “disque d’or” handed to the Label Juston record /wagram responsible for the distribution in France. 

« Merci c’est grâce à vous, ce n’est pas tous les jours que ça arrive à un artiste africain vivant en Afrique d’être disque d’or en France »  says Franko.


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November
19

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Adept Cameroonian producer Edi Le’Drae of 808 Nation has been in Nigeria for a while now. During his stay in Lagos, he was invited over by Mavin superstar producer Don Jazzy to his studio.  Remember Don Jazzy has been keeping a keen watch on Edi’s producing prowess and even followed him on Twitter. 

Edi Le’Drae took to social media with utter humility to thank his idol and express how much he has learned from him watching his creative process . It will blow your mind. This is what he says: 

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November
10

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Gasha posted an apology on Facebook addressed to her former label Stevens.

She expresses deep regrets for the mistakes that let to a severance of ties with the label and pleads for forgiveness. She blames the fact that she had an amateurish knowledge about show business. 

The label signed Gasha in 2013 and made remarkable strides in the music industry with the sultry songstress. She had released groundbreaking hits “Kaki mbere” and “This Life”,  garnered a massive following across Cameroon under the label , winning an AFRIMMA . Things turned stale and she exited. Steven’s management put out an official statement indicating they had an amicable seperation. 

She was immediately substituted by   Daphne after the separation. It’s quite evident that this was a witty move . Daphne seems to be doing so well, she’s been basking in fame and even clinched an AFRIMMA award this year under their management.   

It’s so appropriate for Gasha to apologize. We  however await a statement from Stevens.


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November
7
 The 3rd edition of the prestigious All Africa Music Awards happened live in Lagos at the Convention Center Ekom Hotels & Suites.

The hosts, who were drawn from the three majorly spoken languages in Africa— English, French and Arabic— are Ahmed Soultan (Morocco); MsBonang Matheba(South Africa; and Ika Jang(Congo).

The music award ceremony saw Stanley Enow  take home the award  of  “Best African Hiphop Artist” , Wax Dey won ‘Best Central African Male Artist’ and US-based singer Naomi Achu  won the award of ‘ Best Inspirational music” .

Here is the Full List of Winners.
1. Best Male East Africa – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
2. Best Female East Africa – Cindy Sanyu (Uganda)
3. Best Male South Africa – Black Coffee (South Africa)
4. Best female South Africa – Sally Boss Madam (Namibia)

5. Best Male Central Africa- Wax Dey (Cameroon)
6. Best Female Central Africa- Bruna Tatiana (Angola)
7. Best Male North Africa – DJ Van  (Morocco)
8. Best Female North Africa- Zina Daoudia (Morocco)

9. Best Male West Africa – Flavour (Nigeria)
10. Best Female West Africa – Aramide (Nigeria)

11. Best Inspirational Female – Naomi Achu (Cameroon)

12. Best Artiste/Dou/GroupBand in African Contemporary- Flavour (Nigeria)

13. Most Promising Artiste- Amine Aub (Morocco)

14. African Fans Favorite – Phyno (Nigeria)

15. Song writer of the year – Unique (Uganda)

16. Special Recognition Award- King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)

17. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Hiphop – Stanley Enow (Cameroon)

18. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Ragga & Dancehall- Patoranking (Nigeria)

19. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Traditional music- Zeynab (Benin)

20. Best Artist/Duo/Group African Electro -Such (Zimbabwe)

21. Best Artist/Duo/Group African RnB – Henok & Mehari Brothers (Ethiopia)

22. Best Artist/Duo/Group in African Rock -M’vula (Angola)

23. Best African Jazz – Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa)

24. Best African Group -VVIP (Ghana)

25. Best African Collaboration – Mbilo Mbilo by Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) ft Niniola (Nigeria)

26. Video of the Year – Dogo Yaro by VVIP (Ghana)

27. Revelation of the year – Falz (Nigeria)

28. Album of the year – Ahmed Soultan (Morocco)

29. Song of the year- Utanipenda Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

30. Artist of the Year -Wizkid (Nigeria)


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