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February
22

Ihuoma Mambo AtangaProduced by a young up and coming filmmaker of Nigerian/Cameroonian descent, Ihuoma Mambo Atanga, True Story Nollywood highlights various subjects of discourse surrounding the topic, among prominent Nollywood filmmakers and people based in her current city of residence, New York City including renowned Nollywood director Tunde Kelani.

Inspired by the great conversations and writings of prominent works like Chimamanda?s Danger of a Single Story, Wainaina?s How To Write About Africa, and Achebe?s An Image of Africa, Ms. Atanga notes ? I became more aware of a magnificent transitionary phase of African storytelling, from

a biographical

to an autobiographical state. Affordable film technology has enabled Africans to now write their own stories and broadcast it to the entire world through one of the most pervasive mediums, film. So people naturally expect that stories from Africans by Africans make up a definitive and true African story.?

The juiciest discussions about the rapidly changing Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), ranging from cultural-authenticity, her/histories, language and of course sex, can be heard in Harlem?s African Hair braiding salons, Brooklyn?s African film shops, etc., unfortunately, the best of these riveting conversations never see the light of day. True Story Nollywood examines the educated opinions, gossip, lies and truths behind the evolution and authenticity of Nollywood stories from the perspective of industry connoisseurs, Michael Nwaesi, Oliver Mbamara, Tunde Kelani, and a host of Nollywood film enthusiasts. Follow this link to watch the trailer  https://vimeo.com/59014693.


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January
5

Camer”s Top 10 music video according to Sandy Sal a business consultant and an event manager based in the UK.  The show is the first ever episode of My Swag Top

10 produced by CSTVyoutube.com/user/camerswaggtv )

Follow CSTV on  face book @CStv and on twitter @camerswaggtv

Enjoy !


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September
25

Fans will soon get their usual fix of Valsero's activist rap. The rapper's new album is set for official release on September 30, 2012. This info was recently made known by the artist via facebook. His new musical offering is titled “L'appel du peupleng>” and will be officially launched during the Sunday primetime show Jambo T.V. on Canal 2. This will be followed on October 6 by a concert in Yaounde to present the album. If  General Valsero (as he now likes to be called) is still true to himself, it wouldn't take a magician to know that this latest album is riddled with political and activist – themed songs. Just the album title seems to be a direct reply to a political publication of the same name. Those who follow the news will know what I am talking about. Whatever the case, we wish him nothing but hits, billboard hits if you see what I mean.

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September
5

In recent times, no or very few T.V. stations have succeeded in triggering the sort of enthusiasm that STV did trigger. It was touted as the next big time to hit the Cameroonian audio-visual landscape. In its early days of broadcasting, it kind of lived up to the hype with a new perspective, new shows and hosts. Its appeal also lay in its layout. The channel used rather gay colours for its presentation. Back then it was really “Your T.V.” Despite the promising start, true fans can’t quite shrug this funny feeling of disappointment. Over the years, the channel has failed to live up to the mammoth expectations it created. Viewers have generally witnessed a dip in most major compartments of their broadcasting. Some of its flagship shows like the Night Moving Show are no longer there. The concepts that have come in are not as exciting, or should we say unique. Some of their stellar hosts have jumped ship, moving on to rivals. The last in line to perform a disappearing act is Solange Kiki Beyala who announced her move to Equinoxe. Talk of transfer season on T.V. Tito Valery long announced his exit. Don’t get me wrong. STV hasn’t only been a disappointment. It has done its best to add colour to entertainment in Cameroon, take Boom T.V for example. However, the world of entertainment is an unfair one, any slight slump is easily noticed when rivals put in an extra effort. Furthermore, who really is to blame? The hype surrounding their arrival is long gone.

 


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July
11

The first edition of the Castel Live Comedy Club recently came to an  end. After close to 3 months of joke fights, Nana Ardo emerged as the winner. Despite the laudable nature of the initiative, one cannot help but wonder why the organisers decided to go for familiar faces. Why did they not select fresh new talent or was it the easy way of doing something big. If even corporate bodies have started being thrifty when trying to promote culture then where are we heading to? The wall I guess because individuals are either too scared or too broke to promote such initiatives.


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May
28

Charly Templar is a Cameroonian born who has toured the world as a Professional DJ, leaving fans with they ears ringing to the sound of his mixes.

An energetic Pro DJ, Teacher & Youth Mentor rooted to the humanitarian purpose of assisting the under-privileged people. He is currently helping and sharing experiences with Australian indigenous to bettering lives through Music, empowerment, sporting activities and Mentoring. His official website speaks for himself and unveils an amazing & skilled person who cares for a better world. Check it and get a free mix: http://charlytemplar.com

NEXDIM brings you the premier video of his Australia tour of the best clubs.

More info and show dates , Click :

http://charlytemplar.com

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May
25

Canal 2 T.V host Jason has declared that his idea for a reality T.V show called Ilomba has been stolen. The host was speaking during an interview with InMag. He said that he had pitched his idea for a T.V show called Ilomba to a producer and they had planned to contact Canal 2 with the idea. But since he Jason was an employee of Canal 2 he took a back sit and left the producer negotiate with the T.V outlet. After disagreeing with the producer over some details, he was surprised to see that the said producer had changed the name of the show and it was being broadcast on t.v. Jason Black has promised legal action and says his version of the show will soon be back on track after this incident is resolved. Who said entertainment is an easy business?

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May
15

Just like other countries, Cameroon has tuned in to the concept of stars made on TV. Through programs like star2demain, Mutzig Star and now Castel Comedy club, we are witnessing the birth of a new set of stars: those born and bred on TV. While the concept works in other countries where the winners go on to become famous, the story seems to be a little different in Cameroon. Nobody is questioning the raison d’être of these shows. On the contrary, we salute them as they provide a free platform for our generally -broke aspiring artists to sell themselves. The issue here is the fate of the artists from these shows. In Cameroon, one cannot help but notice that most of the artists concocted by these shows move on to lacklustre careers. Apart from a guy like Achale who can boast of 1 and a half hits to his name, the rest are, to be polite, musically mute. You might disagree if you reduce being an artist to releasing an album or video. But if define artistry by the number of hits produced then you will concur with me. Test this fact by asking people the name of the other winners of star2demain apart from Achale. If they know the names, ask them the title of songs released by these artists or ask them to sing a chorus from any of their releases. Do same for Mutzig Star and its winners. If you cannot do this, simply tell me who Zinnia, Dina Michou and One Face are? If you happen to know them, quiz acquaintances of yours and get their response. One thing is undeniable with most of these TV-produced stars. They hardly ever make a splash or more than a splash in music. This raises the question of whether going through TV shows is the best way to kick start a musical career in Cameroon. If it is understood that business and ratings and not the artist’s career are the main motivations for these shows then many aspiring artists will think twice before joining them. Being on these shows involves running the risk of losing your musical identity since you will be bequeathed to a producer who has his/her own vision of what your music or art should sound like. This situation often culminates in the artist being stranded after their first album gets a muted response. When the show ends and TVs are turned off, the artist often finds his/herself alone with the infamy of a poorly-done artwork. Aspiring artists need to know that choosing to be made by a TV show is a risk they mustn’t take. Are we together?

 


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April
27

Registration for the ”Drimp Splash Talent Show (DSTS) season 2012” is on-going .This Cameroonian TV reality Show is a broader and refined concept of the defunct ”Gospel Musical”  which aired on CRTV. You’ll now experience innovations like humour , dancing and more exciting moments. DSTS is an initiative of Drimp Foundation in conjunction with Splash Networks. Voting starts on June 9th . The Registration Fee is 2000 frs CFA. Contact dsts@drimpfoundation.org or call 223 108 75 for inquiries.

DSTS FACEBOOK PAGE

After failing to satisfy the expectations of many Cameroonians during ‘Gospel Musical 2010”, much has been clarified by the organizers on the GOSPEL MUSICAL Facebook page. Here is an excerpt;

‘A little over a year ago, DRIMP Foundation went out flat to sponsor the promotion of gospel music talents. The first edition ended with the winners being showcased through television stations, concerts and a video and audio album. This costly venture was single-highhandedly sponsored by DRIMP Foundation that was barely a few months old. In fact the venture was going on at the same time as the foundation was being created. Motivated by the passion to help Christian youths to express their god-given abilities, the foundation in excitement spent way over what would be advisable of a young institution that is solely dependent on the savings of the founder. No doubt Gospel Musical could not be run in the following year as was planned.
DSTS (DRIMP Splash Talent Show) is in a way an enlarged vision of Gospel Musical. DRIMP Foundation and Splash Networks founders (Rogers Nforgwei and Cyril Akonteh) found grounds to join their efforts and create a pleasurable mix of entertainment and empowerment of the Cameroonian youth and their community of origin.
In DSTS, the talents have been widened to include gospel songs, dance and comedy. We are convinced this will feed the souls of the contestants and the public at large with joyous and exhilarating moments in times where poverty and sicknesses have planted deep sadness and frustrations in both individual and community life.
The prizes to win have been tailored to benefit the individual and their community for the purpose of promoting community care, community service values and spirit of mutual help. DRIMP Foundation’s motto says “together we can lift the world”. While the winner gets cash prize, his community gets donations to the community health centre/hospital and to the community school.
DSTS – the only initiative that offers both the opportunity to have fun and wealth in an impactful fashion”.

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April
19

The first edition of  a new comedy show titled “Castel Live Comedy” will soon be aired  on Canal 2 International on May 5 2012. The show is sponsored by beer brand Castel and is intended to promote comedy as an art form in Cameroon. After casting which was done in March, 36 finalists emerged amongst which are old T.V faces like Willy de Paris, Michekan l’Africain and a host of others. The winner, to be announced on July 7,2012, will take home a cash prize of 2 million francs c.f.a and a national tour but would have undergone the criticisms and praises of a no-nonsense jury made up of  veteran comedians like Uncle Otsama, Tchop Tchop  as well as the franc-speaking Suzanne Kalla Lobé. To help the contenders make it through the gruelling ride, established  comedians like Eshu and Valery Ndongo will be there to coach them. The program will be hosted by Donel Jacks’man, equally a comedian trained on a T.V comedy show in France. While lauding this initiative,we must wonder what form this show will take. Is it going to be sketches or stand-up comedy? Finally, someone has noticed how backward we are comedy-wise.


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