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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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August
29
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Track listing:

1. My God is Good
2. Do Me Well
3. Purify Me
4. I Cry
5. As Jesus Walks By
6. Jesus Messiah
7. Caribbean Medley
8. Loba Masoma
9. Your Grace & Mercy/I Love You Lord feat. Walta Blackson
10. It is well
11. The Prayer
Bonus:
12. My God is Able – Walta Blackson ft. Anita Etta
Album Review
Barely a year since the release of her 2ndAlbum, Cameroonian Gospel Recording sensation Anita has released her 3rd album entitled “Purify Me”. Anita has emerged as one of the most celebrated voices in theCameroon gospel music scene with her ability to give her fans pure anointing wrapped in amazing vocals. She has been true to her cultural background yet remaining relevant and current in her use of today’s most vibrant styles of African praise and worship.
This is a 12 track Album that showcases Anita’s vocal prowess in a fresh and powerful way that raises the bar yet again. She successfully delivers an anointing that reveals spiritual growth and time well spent in the throne room since her last Album in 2014.
The Album opens up with a captivating track “My God is Good” which has been very well received by fans since the release of the single. This song combines Afropop, Makossa and Ndombolo music genres very prevalent in modern African music.

This album has enough for all her fans; if you enjoyed songs such as “Sawa Medley” and “Village Medley” from her 2014 album, you will adore “Loba Mosoma’  and “My God is good” in this album. If you prefer the contemporary Christian style of music which was prevalent in her debut album from 2007, then there will be plenty for you in this album with titles such as “I Cry” and “As Jesus Walks By”. In a true “Hillsong style, Anita serves you “Jesus Messiah”, a song that will effortlessly take you into an atmosphere of worship.

 The artist reveals her musical heritage from her days with the top British Gospel group Remission with the song “Caribbean Medley”. This is an album that you can equally use in your private worship time or at all your social events; you can praise dance or you can listen prayerfully and be lead by Anita’s dulcet tones into the presence of the King!


Anita’s Inspiration
My first inspiration is the Lord Jesus; as a gospel singer I believe that I was called into ministry by the Lord and for me it is all about how I can allow the Holy Spirit to use me to impact a life for Jesus. I therefore do a lot of one on one ministry outside of my singing.
 
I am also inspired by the needs of people around me to respond in a number of ways:
       write song lyrics that speak to everyday issues that people face
       I am a prayer warrior, an intercessor, a front line soldier in the army of the Lord. I get many calls for prayer by people facing all kinds of problems such as marital issues, difficult children, family issues, gossip, financial issues and so on
       I provide Christian counseling and teaching to those who reach out to me with their problems. I use the word of God to help them handle their problems and build their character. Although I pray for people I believe that prayer alone causes them to be dependent on the minister so counseling and teaching from the work equips them to handle things better as they mature spiritually.
 
Some singers who inspire me are Cece Winans, Bebe Winans, Hillsong Australia
  1. Some ministers who inspire me are my spiritual father Pastor Charles Eseme Enaw, Pastor Dr Stella Immanuel of FirePower Ministries, Pastor Francis Mwale



Website: http://anitaetta.com/


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December
8

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Hip Hop feud or beef is a controversy in which rappers defame or confront each other induced by competition. Rappers often incorporate stylistic speeches boasting about their skills , riches, achievement and criticising their rivals like the Tu Pac vs B.I.G beef, Jay Z vs Nas 2001 diss , Benzino vs Eminem and Lil Kim vs Nicki Minaj.

Feuds are sometimes generated by rivals throwing insults or derogatory statements on social media like the Wizkid vs Davido diss. Feuds have sometimes been blown out of proportion and gets brutal offstage like the Tu Pac vs BIG beef which resulted in massive shootings.

However,  It’s quite unavoidable to experience feuds in an industry which is gradually getting the spotlight. Cameroon is therefore not an exception. It’s the game.  Where there is competition, there is is bound to be a battle for supremacy.

Award winning rapper  and Guinness #Madeofblack ambassador Stanley took to Twitter saying ” I’m made of black but you are made of weed, get a life son”. He didn’t mention any name but there’s massive speculation that he is making reference to “Cash ” crooner Jovi.
There’s no gain saying that Jovi considerably influenced the present hip hop trend in Cameroon after his solid tune “Don 4 kwat”. He deserves enormous respect for the credit. Jovi has been at the top of the game, basking in fame after dropping a well-acclaimed debut album which had the participation of other acts like Magasco, Mr Elad, Deecy and Reniss. Jovi made us discover new talents and proved to be someone who could lead the industry positively. He proved to be a man who believes in creativity and dexterity. Jovi’s rise created a sterling impact on the cultural and creativity perspectives.
Stanley Enow’s monster hit “Hein pére ” was phenomenal. The song transformed the industry into an award-worthy industry , an industry with the potentials of clinching endorsements and crossing the boundaries for artistic collaboration. Indeed Cameroon was on the map.

Each of the aforementioned artists has contributed in different ways to establish a credible movement.
Jovi endorsed Stanley Enow when he dropped “Hein pére ” video and even supported the #Vote for Stanley Enow MAMA campaign .
Stanley on his part shared Jovi’s “Bastard ” video on his wall upon release. Initially both artists have been supportive of each other.
It seems the relationship turned sour immediately Stanley Enow grabbed the prestigious MTV awards . Comparison between both artists has been fueled by social media posts , comments and media feeds. It’s now getting stale. The famous Celine Fotso article was just salt in the wound.
But how can we be so sure Stanley is making reference to Jovi ? .
It might be like the Wizkid vs Davido beef. When Wizkid mentioned on Twitter that he does big shows at big venues, Davido became exhilarated saying Wizkid should pull half of his crowd before saying shit…lol. Wizkid later refuted that the statement was not directed to Davido.
Actually, “weed” is consumed by many rappers. In essence, we can’t judge from the premises. Stanley Enow might equally be referring to someone else. I think it’s the reason why Jovi has not responded.
Is the beef actually fueled by social media feeds?


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October
23

POLEMIC: Stanley Enow vs Jovi. A cold war?

Posted In: Polemic by The Administrator

facebook-20141024-133837IMG-20141023-WA000Cameroon’s Blogosphere and social media has been buzzing since Celine Fotso of Je Wanda magazine published an article slamming ‘constructive criticism ” on Stanley Enow ‘s career approach. Some have considered this action as a shallow attempt and pre meditated to have his career torpedoed or punctured and a further jaundiced point of view on her part.  Culturebene, a popular  Cameroonian blog referred to the article as “The inept stupidities of Je Wanda against Stanley Enow” while others have been fanning the flames taking side with the author of the article Celine Fotso. Of course yes. She made very sensitive points and every artist should try to consider taking another approach when the feedback from a majority of fans is outright and persistently negative . But her missile was so massive on someone she has never supported earnestly from day one. Maybe her very cordial relationship, very very cordial relationship with Jovi was another motivating factor .

Adrenalin keeps pumping as a myriad of arguments culminate into the joust between Stanley Enow and Jovi which to me is uncalled for. Jovi’s recent release after “cash” titled “et p8koi” has been fueling the whole drama as some Stanley Enow fans claim it’s an indirect beef.

Recently Stanley Enow who is presently basking in the glory of being Guinness “Made of Black”  ambassador posted on Facebook that he is rounding up his verse of a huge collabo with A.K.A and had this attached

” I di leave di petit rappeur dem for back house stuck in Yaounde they think it’s first class”.

We dunno who he is referring to. Is that suppose to be a retaliation after the Celine Fotso drama? . And recently both rappers have refrained from sharing each other’s brand new releases on social media.

Hahaha. The Celine Fotso article wasn’t a publicity stunt for an impending collaboration between the two headline rappers. The rumour rife on social media  is false. Both rappers are not friends, they don’t ball together .

A collaboration could however be a formidable boost to the urban music game. Let’s see how the movie unfolds.


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July
29

 

Trending Cameroonian Hip hop star Stanley Enow won AFRIMMA Best New comer while Afro-soul sonstress Gasha clinched  AFRIMMA Best Female Artist from Central Africa last Sunday in USA. NexDim says kudos for making Cameroon proud .

But hey ! Stanley keeps watching torrents of  criticism rain on him as he beams with smile  as a trail-blazer in the game.

The ‘Bayangi Boy’ has been  brandishing our flag high but his career is seemingly a subject of massive criticism. Apart from having a nightmare of negative feedback  being slammed on his new single “Njama Njama cow” on Social media , Stanley Enow whose opus  ‘Hein pere’ catapulted him to continental fame last year has been having a bitter pill to swallow after thriving at MTV Music Awards in Durban and the recent AFRIMMA that took place in USA . We are now getting au fait with this saga.

Photo: Congrats to my boos Tiana Gah-Ndo aka Gasha and Stanley Enow on their AFRIMMA Awards for Best Female Central Africa and Best New Comer respectively. I am soo proud of you both. You've worked so hard and now it's time to reap the fruits of your labour. #MyVotesNEVERGoesToWaste. Ebangha Njang where are my pictures? You don enjoy sotey u forget. No try me ehh??

RnB star Banky W was the first to ponder loudly  on the choice of Stanley as the winner for Best New comer at MAMA when he said on Twitter Phyno was the better choice. He later apologized .

Stanley’s win at AFRIMMA has stimulated various moods and caprices on social media. However, some applaud his win.

NexDim was eagle-eyed on the Twitter and Facebook rants concerning the nomination and the win . We throw a spotlight on the most controversial status that ignited comments;

1. Ngwane Hansel is an intellectual comedian and he had this to say on Facebook ;

“Wow. Stanley Enow and Gasha both win at the AFRIMMA 2014 awards. And one of them is talented’.

2. Ebangha Njang is an influential Cameroonian urban music promoter on Social Media based in USA . She had this to spill out ;

Photo: Shout out to ma gurl Tina for winning Best Female Central Africa at the Afrimma Awards tonite... Go Gasha!!! So proud of u although foolish no go leave u lol Tiana Gah-Ndo

Gasha and Ebangha Njang

“So since Saturday evening I’ve been reading so many negative tweets & updates on Twitter & Facebook respectively… Yes at the Afrimma Awards, African artists making the buzz this year were nominated. U never heard Ugandans asking y Eddy Kenzo was nominated & not the other ones, or Nigerians asking y Davido and Iyanya were nominated and not Ice Prince or Dbanj, or Tanzanians wondering y Diamond Platinumz was nominated too etc… Nooo it’s always Cameroonians, but they forget that to make it in the music industry these days ain’t abt talent anymore, talent is like 10% of it. There are more talented artists in America than Rihanna, Lil Wayne or even Britney Spears, but it ain’t abt all dat. It’s abt hardwork, positive attitude, good management, business mind, faking it to make it and being humble!!! Y’all keep asking y this person was nominated and not the other, next year the same ppl gonna be nominated and still not the others if the drive doesn’t change… we need to stop the hate, the unnecessary controversy and come togeda so Cameroon’s music industry could be amongst the BEST in Africa. It’s show business, not show talent!
PS: this is my opinion and the negative opinions/comments won’t be appreciated. Write dem on ur wall, dis is my wall!!”

Photos ; Courtesy of Gasha and Stanley Enow

 


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March
2

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Rumors of Iyanya coming to Cameroon were rife on social networks. Yes ! A brewery company yesterday unveiled their new brand to the Cameroonian public in an electrifying event which had Nigerian Kukere crooner Iyanya and X Maleya as guest performing artists , hosted by Tito Valery. Iyanya performed snippets of his hit songs and the concluded with the much anticipated ‘Kukere’ tune. We witnessed a drama when Iyanya called up a female fan to the stage. By the time she mounted, someone resisted , asking her to descend from the podium to Iyanya’s utter amazement. Was it her boyfriend? Je me sais pas. Now, why did X Maleya fail to show up on stage when the trio was announced by the host to perform ?

Dismayingly, Iyanya was the one who graced the platform for the Cameroonian group. This was a vivid evidence that the group desired a pride of place in their country. X Maleya were simply adorable , impressing the audience with a groundbreaking rendition of their new hit ‘mon ex’ featuring J Martins and other hits. The subject of who performs before the other, who is bigger or en vogue has been recurrent during concerts in Cameroon. Is that what ensued?

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This is not the first time this has happened in a concert in Cameroon. In an edition of Fomaric trade fair in Douala , there was a feud between Achalle and Duc Z on who is the man of the moment and who graces the stage for the other. On the 20th of December 2013 Petit Pays flagrantly refused to perform before the Nigerian guest artist Flavour in Buea. Of course we all know what happened. Flavour appropriated the stage for several hours , forcing the Cameroonian mega star to sneak away from the venue without performing in front of the anxiously waiting crowd after being paid. Habitually, the guest act is preserved for the last moment after all opening acts have performed. Seemingly, no artist is ready to be opening act for the other. Even the up and coming artists have this fever. Pride comes before a fall. Dunno what you think?


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December
23

The music industry witnessed a remarkable improvement this year with a plethora of outstanding audio releases and top standard videos. The trendiest Cameroon hit this year was by the ‘Bayangi Boy’ Stanley Enow who dropped a South-side patterned club-banger titled ‘Hein pere’. After severing ties with Tony Nobody’s Blaxity Label, the rapper hibernated for over a year refining his art.

In March 2013, he announced himself as ‘The KamerHip Hop messaiah’ and the dream became a fruitful reality. His branding , production quality and marketing strategies were worthwhile. ‘Hein pere’ rapidly proliferated across online platforms registering the highest number of downloads , Youtube views , and an endorsement by internationally acclaimed rapper 50 Cent.  His song  became a street anthem and parlance. Stanley also littered the streets of Cameroon with ‘ON EST HIGH PERE’ street wear and when his video dropped , it topped the charts on Trace Urban for over a month. ” You know what it is hah hah ! “

In a snail-pace growing music  industry in which most urban artist were almost discontinuing their careers, Stanley Enow’s tremendous success with just one hit ‘HEIN PERE’ raised the hopes that were fading embers. It was indeed a revolution that deserves an accolade.  Stanley Enow is a quintessence of an indomitable personality; I remember he told me a few weeks before dropping the song that ” the song will be a hit’. With the emergence of rappers like him and Jovi, street credibility is deeply embedded. The industry looks promising.


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May
21

Camer urban music: Craving a unique identity.

Posted In: Hip Hop, Polemic by The Administrator

Urban artists in Cameroon have been battling it hard for decades to find a unique identity. An identity that will differentiate their music from the popular Nigerian rhythm and parlance which has become considerably popular across Africa. It is absolutely undisputed that Cameroonian artists were heavily influenced by the escalation of the Naija rhythm and style. Songs written and produced by budding Camer artists between 2005-2010 were just a facsimile of Nigerian urban music , on the heels of the emergence of 2 Face, P Square, Faze, African China , 9ice ,2 Shot etc. We could get Nigerian languages and parlance   ”Omoge”, ‘Oga”, Chikala’, ‘ Nothing do you”, ”Wettin dey” , ‘Oya”, Ole ‘ etc inherent in Cameroonian songs. Nigerians had discovered their own ”Naija Hip Hop” which is a melange of their local dialects igbo, yoruba ,  hausa and pidgin . 

However, everything happens for a reason. That was definitely an eye-opener to Cameroonian artists, a journey into discovering a peculiarity and richness in African rhythm. Camer urban artists were therefore plunged into understanding that their parlance, slangs and dialects have not yet been exploited. It was and remains a virgin forest!

On the mainstream in Cameroon are songs that can be identified as proudly ”Cameroonian”as you listen to the lyrics of the song. We can today heave a sigh of relief as fans relate to the lyrics of songs by English-speaking Cameroonian acts. 

Jovi remains phenomenal for bringing to the spotlight the use of  ‘Camer pidgin’ ( renown Cameroonian artist Em’Kal calls it ”Njangaroon pidgin” ) while articulating in his rhymes and punchlines. ”Ask petit them for kwat, I dey for here for helep, … i dey veranda with chelep” is an intonation that gives Cameroonians a sense of identity.

From 2010 to present, there has been an automatic switch from the conventional ‘Naija’ or ‘Etas’ rapstyle to a well defined and unique ‘Camer’ rapstyle. A wide use of Cameroonian parlance are now noticeable . Artists like Magasco  make a tuneful referral to ”Ayaba hotel” in Lineloba, ‘Tifman for Kumba Market” , Stanley Enow – ‘Etangti mo mayang in ‘Hein pere’, Steveslil – ”Na ne muet, etchi sairey” in Ebangha , Wax Dey – ”Ma nga” in ‘Number One girl”, Denzyl – ‘Cherie coco esele nika” in ‘Monika’ , Dr Kapt – in ‘disorder” , Marc Eff in ”Ma fontioneur”  etc. 

An evolution will  therefore be inevitable if all Cameroonian artists can explore over 250 languages and cultures in Cameroon to derive more uniqueness and diversity.


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April
19

Music promotion and marketing are the tools that enable your music to get to consumers. Two promotion medium exist; Online promotion (Youtube, soundcloud, Facebook, Myspace etc) and offline promotion (Radio, TV, bars, nightclubs etc) .

There’s no gain saying that Anglophone urban artists are the most talented in Cameroon, yet the underdogs in the music business. Why are they effaced from the scene of ‘Hip Hop du Bled’?.

The absolute futility to get their music heard and their music videos watched all over Cameroon has been a major set-back, perceiving Cameroon at their own small corners. Some artists unveil high quality videos only to upload on Youtube and Facebook to gain international acclamation instead of exploring the local market to get a local fanbase in Cameroon. Record labels prefer to sign that artist who has 5000 local fans instead of that artist who has 5000 fans scattered in different countries across the world.

From my research, not up to 10% of Cameroonians are able to watch videos on Youtube or download mp3s with fluidity. Our bandwidth does n’t permit. So, why not endeavour to go to the basics of getting more local fans in your country by putting that video on popular channels in Cameroon. Start painting the picture of a  ”Cameroon” with 10 regions and not just South West and North West. The 24 hrs you spend on Facebook to chat could be used to impact your local area or gain local fans. Get out of your zones of comfort and explore Cameroon . Anglophone artists sometimes feel dejected when they are not nominated for Canal D’or or other reputable awards in Cameroon. It’s not a matter of segregation or the ”anglo thing”.

The simple truth is that you will rarely watch the videos of Anglophone urban artists queued on the popular channels like Canal 2, STV, Equinoxe, CRTV and LTM. These judges won’t go on Youtube or Facebook to search for nominees. The Anglophone band XLM Squad was the first  to win Best Urban artist category at Canal D’or in 2004. If Anglophone artists donot bridge this disparity, they might keep swimming in the same pool of doubt. They should n’t clamour ”foul’ but take a bold step of creating an impact in Cameroon. 

 


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