Adept Cameroonian photographer and CEO of Fredash Modeling Agency Nemfor Alfred (Fredash) is gearing up for next year’s edition of Fredash International Annual Fashion Avenue (FIAFA) . He has been churning mind-blowing photos that convey artistry and creativity. Fredash stands on the pedestal of reputable photographers in Cameroon. Enjoy !
AKM (Ngankam Ange ) is a multi-talented dancer whose energetic and stunning dancing prowess has attracted fame and endorsements.
Popular Decale singer Molare recently commended her on Instagram for her striking dance moves and Zota, frontline dancer for Serge Beynaud is equally impressed by her dexterity.
Her viral demo dance video of Serge Beynaud’s song “Karidjatou” also caught the attention of Mr Leowho posted it on social media.
She was born on the 27th of May 1996 in Yaounde and grew up in Douala. She was passionate in dancing since primary school , started doing choreographies, dance showcase, dance video demos and dancing competitions in secondary school. The first music video she took part was at lowersixth.
During her first year in university (Catholic university of Buea), in 2012 she was awarded Best female dancer and best newstyle dancer in South West by the competition BATTLE NATIONAL DU CAMEROUN . Same year she choregraphed many music videos like ” I cut u cafe” by Steve’Slil, “original makossa” by Da Realm Squad and many others .
Between 2013 and 2014, AKM participated at SLOY Campus Tour and clinched the 2nd position in HIP HOP DANCE Category.
She worked with the artist Daphné, for some of her concerts , choregraphed in P Brodaz ft Arafat’s music video (makatswatsi), Wax Dey ft Kayswitch -“mbaghalun”, and most of Mel B Akwen’s songs.
In 2015, AKM came in contact with the award-winning dancer Brenda Dery , did a viral dance video with her on the song “Bendown pause” by Wizkid . That same year she opened a dance school at Beno Bakery (Bonduma).
In 2016, she started working with Mr leo and choregraphing his music for shows and tours. She choregraphed some music videos like “Décharger” by DUCZ , “Jum dans le way” by Galaxy J One etc.
With her resilient spirit, hardwork and urge for greatness , AKM hopes to get better and make greater strides in the industry.
Smith Brown paved his way into spotlight when he designed a reception dress for GUINNESS CAMEROON which was very much approved. He later moved to Dubai where he is presently based and kept on with his clothing line.Very recently his design appeared on the American magazine called “Elegance Magazine” which is focused on promoting local designs from across the world. Go guys keep featuring Cameroon on the world map.
The speedy rise and rise of urban music in Cameroon from 2010 witnessed the starting up of a plethora of record labels.
Albeit some were simple Facebook pages with virtual CEOs, others made an indelible impression .
2011/2012, MUMAK took the industry by storm introducing a cream of talented music powerhouses like Jovi , Magasco, Mr Elad and Reniss managed by Jules Nya.
Friends Jules Nya and Jovi were indispensable visionaries who turned creative imagination into concrete evidence.
“Don 4 kwat” released in 2011 was phenomenal, blazing a trail and igniting a new era.
The entire “H.I.V” Album by Jovi was a remarkable revolution in Cameroon. This ended the era of Krotal, Ak’sang Grave, etc.
The label was considerably propitious, sparking a beam of hope for the industry.
The new concept of branding , gorilla online /offline marketing and a different level of video making took the industry to another dimension. February 16th made the magic with his visuals.
The industry was shocked when
Jovi and Jules Nya announced they were parting ways in 2013 after thrilling Cameroonians with a sizzling music. The reason for their severing of ties remained unknown.
Jovi and old business partner/ artist Rachel Applewhite started New Bell Music . Their relationship started in India where Jovi went to study audio engineering.
Reniss, Jovi’s long-time protegee from Mambanda remained fidel to his boss and continued working with him.
Jovi later recruited Pascal, Shey, Tata and Tilla to join New Bell Music.
Jules Nya relocated to Douala and continued doing music business under MUMAK imprint. He moved to Douala with Mr Elad whom he brought into MUMAK charmed by his incredible singing and music producing ingenuity back in Kumba. Magasco was still under Jules Nya’s management.
Things became stale when the “Line loba” hitmaker Magasco on “Hello” CRTV presented a new manager, a certain Barrister and proceeded to shoot the video of “Kumba market” without the consent of his boss Jules Nya , the MUMAK label head. The video did not even carry any MUMAK tag.
Magasco was hasty and antsy to reach his goal which let him to release a video that was massively criticised to be mediocre , way below expectation. Magasco had a misunderstanding with Jules. Magasco caught the attention of many music investors following his impressive releases under MUMAK and collaboration with Jovi.
Magasco was later signed to Pit Bacardi’s label Empire Company after the label dropped X Maleya.
Mr Elad dropped a sizzling tune titled “Chakara” in 2013 and still under Jules’ management clinched a remix with Nigerian superstar Iyanya. The seemingly fruitful business relationship between the two later turned soar , Mr Elad disclosed to the public he was no longer working with Jules Nya. He seemed dissatisfied with his business relationship with Jules.
MUMAK, a house that inspired Cameroonian aspiring artists and gave them the dream became inhabited by one man Jules Nya.
2015, Tilla was later fired from New Bell Music by Jovi.
Graceful 21-year-old Ayika Vennessaoriginates from Nso, North West region of Cameroon. She has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea. Modeling became her passion when she turned 19.
She became an enlistee under the reputable modeling agency TeamKellyB where she has been pursuing her career. She loves singing, acting, cooking, smiling and posing.
Vennessa has nursed the dream of becoming a top Model in Africa and the world.
Her refined dark photogenic color smashing body figure will definitely take her to the pedestal of upper-level models in Cameroon.
22-years-old cherubic beauty goddess Nadine Agbortarh resides in Buea. She hails from the South West region and a third year student studying Software Engineering at the University of Buea. Modeling has been her strong passion from the age of seven and her greatest and prolonged dream is to be the Face of Africa. Besides Modeling, Nadine is an actress and a video vixen . She uses her free time to take pictures , read, takes much interest in acting classes . She has taken part in the following :
PhotoShoot: Bridal Model for Belle and Glam.
Movies: “Mama Eko in Cameroon”
Music Videos: “Lambo Love”, “Gimme that Mololo” , Baby leave me.
Volunteering Service : Host on Campus Train in (Mount Cameroon FM 98.6).
Part time jobs: Hostess for Guinness and FIAFA .
Competition: Miss Cameroon 2014, Miss beach 2015.
Designers: Louis Fame, Lima Jasino
Zion Recordz is a private limited company founded by a renounced African Entrepreneur. It is one of Cameroon’s most promising record labels, seeding young talents and playing a prominent role in the entertainment industry in Cameroon, Africa and the World. Zion Recordz went operational as a wholly independent record label in May 2014 with head quarters in Bamenda, NWR Cameroon. Since then, the label has signed, managed, produced and marketed a variety of artists in diverse music genres such as; Hip Hop, Afro Pop, R&B, Soul, Rock, Makossa, just to name a few.
Zion Recordz is managed by a strong team of dynamic, ambitious, creative and super talented young Cameroonians with agents/partners in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and other countries. The label is currently run by Fonjong Bigs ( Manager), closely assisted by Lukong Jude Kiven (Project Director).
Zion Records aside Music and entertainment services also offers a complete state-of-the-art recording commercial facility specialized in Analog/Digital Multi track recording with highly professional sound engineers and producers in the likes of Area Killer and D-Gray readily available to record all music styles and genres. Their services include, but are not limited to, recording projects for solo artists, groups, and commercial projects. They also do Tracking, Editing, Mixing, and Mastering. Their facility has a well equipped relaxation and Rehearsal Room with extra microphones to serve artists while they get ready for the real deal. Zion Records has an in-house Video Director in the name YONKA (The Small Director) with extraordinary talent in music video directing.
Zion Recordz currently has three signed artists; Chuye Charles (Charly B), Atingwa Ghislain (Meshi) and the recently signed SA based Cameroonian artist Cyril Njumbe (C-Trix). All three recording artists are extremely talented and have been proving their worth so far, dropping hit singles, attracting music lovers, earning nominations and winning awards. Today, Zion Recordz can boast of a huge catalog of hit singles including ‘Love na Love’ by Charly B which won the New Breed Africa Celebrity award for Best Music of the year in 2016.
Today, Zion Records stands tall among record labels in Cameroon with a renewed Vision and toughened ambitions. It is all about becoming the “Source of African Entertainment”
More on Zion Records : Website – http://www.zionrecordsofficial.com/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/zionrecords237
The ingenuity to make a hit record immensely requires the input of the producer.
Cameroon’s burgeoning urban music experienced a dramatic change in 2015 with a cream of hit songs produced by Buea-based producers: Maahlox – Ca sort comme ca sort” (Prod. by I.V.O) , Mr Leo – On va gerer” (Prod by Salatiel) X Maleya – Doumba (Prod by Phillbill Beatz) etc.
There is no gain saying the aforementioned producers massively contributed to make these hits.
Buea-based Trilby (I.V.O) Mbou is an under-rated producer and singer who crafted one of the biggest songs in 2015 ” Ca sort comme ca sort” yet remains unnoticed. He also produced Maahlox’s impending single “Tuer pour tuer”.
The young talented producer and R&B singer has been resilient, focused and committed chasing his dream.
Listen to his Cover of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”.
In 2011, he knocked severally on the door of Sona The Voice’s label Intercession Records and other labels craving to be signed which turned futile.
Through travail, I.V.O is today a name that deserves respect.
Much buzz has been proliferating after the star-studded “Rose on The Grave”Blue Carpet premiere last Saturday. The glam, the glitz and ostentatious decor of Saint John’s plaza -Douala gave the event well-deserved grandeur.
About the artists who performed at the event, the most talked-about is R&B/Reggae-Dancehall up and coming diva Montess. What a stunning discovery! .
Her immense talent captured the attention of Cameroon Hip hop headliner Stanley Enow who couldn’t wait to post about her on his official Facebook page.
The Buea-based singing goddess is signed under Trackzone ‘s imprint. Her brand new single “Gunman” is such a scintillating piece of music and confirms her musical savvy. She gives you the urge to ask for more.
Montess is definitely journeying out of obscurity to spotlight. Watch out for an exclusive release in your fave Cameroonian entertainment blog Nexdim Empire.
CRITERIA : Creativity, originality , and hit-potential.
Disclaimer: The following rating has been decided by a cream of reputable Cameroonian music pundits, Club DJs, and media personalities .
Whitehouse music in-house producer Winney was definitely the revelation of 2014 after producing the hit song “Babaah” by Le Featurist. Also a singer, Winney’s dexterity cannot be disputed because he has made another remarkable impact by honing a follow up single by Featurist “Tou mbap” which equally became a hit.
An aroma of originality and uniqueness can be sensed on his instrumentals , a blend of Benskin from Western Cameroon .
There’s no gain saying Winney has produced two successful hits and deserves to be honoured.
“Featurist – BABAAH “danse du grand père”
2. Jovi Le Monstre
New Bell Music boss is the most consistent hit maker , diverse and most creative producer Cameroon can boast of. His emergence with “Don 4 kwat” ,2012 was indeed a trend-setting wave that swept across the urban music scene in Cameroon. Le Monstre has instilled a craving for originality. His perfect use of African percussion and intonations in his tunes makes them exceptional. The Yaounde-based rapper and producer has also churned out auto-produced hits like “B.A.S.T.A.R.D” and “Et P8 Koi” . He has succeeded in garnering a devoted following across Cameroon also producing songs for his label mates like Reniss’, Pascal , Tilla and Shey . Jovi Le Monstre recently produced “Shine the light” for internationally-acclaimed Singer Akon. His deep mastery of the craft has been applauded by fellow producers across the globe.
Watch “Jovi – Et P8 Koi (Directed by Ndukong)” on YouTube
3. Dr BG
The Sonolive producer is quite an new name in the Cameroonian urban music scene but producing a sizzling club song like “Coller la petite” by Franco which hit 1 million views in just 1 month has catapulted him to the pinnacle .
He therefore deserves respect for producing the biggest hit in Cameroon this year.
Watch “Franko -Coller La Petite (Vidéo Officielle)” on YouTube
Best Music CEO Slimbeatz has paved his way to stand on the pedestal of music producing glory. He is also. quite versatile and assiduous but best applauded for Afro-pop and Dancehall. The Kumba-raised ace producer has been behind hits like Spido’s “Tu as kel tete “. Ewube’s “Party all night” and “Trowey” is his brainchild.
Watch “Ewube : Party All Nyte Official Video” on YouTube
His name sprouted from obscurity when he produced Stanley Enow’s “Tumbuboss” and “Njama njamaa cow”. Since then Soft Touch has been a household name in the music sphere in Cameroon.
Watch “Stanley Enow Ft Dj Neptune – King Kong (Official Video)” on YouTube
The MTN Make the music winner is undoubtedly the most versatile producer who can comfortably switch his production prowess to any genre of music; soul, hip hop, R&B, makossa, Afrobeat etc. Did you know Salatiel produced Nar6 Pryze “sasayé”. The former protege of legendary producer Emil Ngumbah, Salatiel has proven in all capacities his artistry producing an avalanche of tunes for his former band Nescafe laureate “DaThrill”. His own tune “Fap kolo ” , Mr Leo’s hit ” E go better” and “on va gerer” portray his worth. His works are so extensive to list.
Watch “Mr. Leo – On Va Gérer [Official Video] Directed by Adah Akenji” on YouTube
NHNR frontline singer and produced Phillbill has amazingly journeyed to become a powerhouse in the music industry. He started producing songs for Rhythmz and other Buea-based artists. His melodic-taste has captured the hearts of A-list Cameroonian stars like X Maleya and Lady Ponce. He has created a new trend of blending Bikutsi, Pop and makossa to give a unique feel he calls Afro bikossa”. Working with X Maleya and Lady Ponce he has delivered smash hit like “kum kum” and the recent trending song by X Maleya “Doumba”.
Watch “X-Maleya – Doumba” on YouTube
8. Mr Melody
Known by his singing name Mr Elad, former Mumak producer has carved a niche and rose to repute. He penned and produced Museba’s hit song “Boom boom” which took Cameroon by storm. Mr Melody has also auto-produced his soul-seductive song “Chakara”.
Watch “MISTER ELAD CHAKARA OFFICIAL VIDEO” on YouTube
Douala-resident producer and singer Pazzo equally stands on the acme . He has produced hits for Magasco like “Lineloba”, “Kumba Market” and “Fine boy” . Also the magic finger on hits like Gasha’s ” Kaki mbere” and “This life” .
Watch “MAGASCO Fine Boy Feat Duc Z” on YouTube
10. DJ Karl
The Buea-based prodigy has rapidly become a household name in the industry and still looks promising. He has produced songs for Many Cameroonian acts including , VreezyVille’s “Jakiri” and the new Neglect trap club banger “Aboloshi”.He is quite promising and versatile.
Watch “Vreezy Ville Ft Arre – Jakiri (official Video)” on YouTube