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May
13

Kora Awards laureate Bright Phase (Patly, Sylva and Beryl) just dropped a new M1 studio-produced-album titled ”Celebration”. The prolific trio signed by  Mamone Production has officially released the video of ”Ndolo”, a musically rich danceable piece extracted from the album. Remember Patly and Beryl recently wedded , so this can be a veritable confession of love . The video depicts a typical wedding setting with cameos like Alenne Menget, Sama Ndango ,Galaxy , Eka Christa , Manka and Clementine Mofor.  The video was directed by BlueDrops studios .

Enjoy

 


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January
11

Just after the Bright Phase wedding featured here, the trio crew singers have finally released the much anticipated promo album ‘Celebration’  which is richly packaged with 12 beautiful songs of all genres with titles like ‘Wake Up Africa‘ and ‘Change‘. Done under Mamone Entertainment and in the prominent M1 studio Buea, the album features Zinnia and has some recordings done in Nigeria. It will be officially released by mid January 2012. Excitingly enough,  ‘My Ndolo’ the song produced by them for the wedding of Patly and Beryl will be inclusive in the officially released ‘Celebration’ album.

Listen!

07 – Unknown Title – Unknown Artist

 


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November
24

As  December approaches, wedding bells start ringing . Patlaw CARLSON (Patly Bright) of the Cameroonian music group, Bright Phase shall tie the knot with his band member Beryl Mbuye (Beryl Bright). The wedding ceremony shall take place at the Chamber of Commerce Hall , Down Beach Limbe on the 3rd of December 2011 .

”A good wife is better than silver and gold…” states Patly on his Facebook wall.

NexDim wishes you a happy life together.


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July
20

Bright Phase just released a nu single titled ” Sheleghe” extracted from their anticipated album dubbed  ”Celebration” . It’s a traditional folk-loric song with a danceable beat pattern. Hope you love it !.  It reminds me of the famous song by Ni Ken ”sa wale”.
This one however sounds refined.


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October
11
Sylva Bright

Sylva Bright

Lislot Ndange

Th i s apparently sounds like a fancy tale but it’s quite true.

Bright Phase leader, performer and KORA Awards nominee , Sylva Bright has made a bo ld decision to settl e with upcoming model and activist,  Lislot Ndange.

” I don see ma wife iyo, I don see ma wife iyo eh” .

Love is quite strong. Did I see her name on Sylva’s Facebook page as ” Lysilva’ ? Hmmm! No comment !

Their traditional wedding took place in August and it’s quite confirmed that the Church wedding comes up on December 19th 2010. Our sources confided that star artists  have been invited from Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso to grace the ceremony.

How did this happen so fast ? I hear you saw her on the cover of a  magazine .

”Lislot used to work with IRESCO and a local magazine in Cameroon. She did an anti-AIDS advert campaign on 100% Jeune . Since I was used  to the chief editor of the magazine, Ernest Kanjo, I contacted him and played pranks to get her number from him. She actually thought I wanted to collaborate with her on a project when I started calling her. I was quite fortunate that she had been in love with my style. I scheduled to meet her in Yaounde and everything started from there. She has a learning and positive spirit. We found ourselves compartible. I started nursing plans of spending the rest of my life with her. I finally divulged it to her one day. She sounded like , ‘am too young ‘ . I made her understand that age doesn’t count but maturity counts more. During a friend’s B-day party at OIC Pavillion, Buea, after presenting a gift to the friend, I put a ring in an apple and solemnly proposed marriage to Lislot” . Says Sylva talking to NexDim.

Bam !

Bright Phase

Sylva Bright believes marriage makes him stable , less distracted and  focused. Together with his group , Sylva is also making great efforts to encourage talents in Cameroon through the  ‘Hillside Festival’. If the next edition of KORA Awards takes place in Cameroon, it shall be  thanks to the Bright Phase.


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July
22

Seven countries have been slated to host the 9th Edition of this competition.  Victoria Nkong Remi, production manager also assistant to the promoter of the Kora awards Ernest Coovi Adjovi has been in  Cameroon for several days to visit the facilities, infrastructure and meet with officials of the Ministry of Culture. She visited the Yaounde Sports Complex and Palais de Congres and concluded both structures can host the Kora awards. ”We must continue to meet our standards, we have a reputation to maintain” .

We  also learned during that press conference that the Buea-based group, Bright phase, representative of Cameroon at the Kora Awards 2010  prompted the organizers of the forthcoming competition to visit Cameroon. Created in 2008, this group of three singers were eliminated in the semi-finals. According to Sylva Bright, Bright Phase leader: “If the Kora Awards is organized in Cameroon, it will help promote local artists, boost tourism and create jobs. ”

Odile Ngaska, president of Socam, evoked the same reasons : “It is a competition that will raise the level of music in Cameroon.”


Is the Kora Awards still credible?

After five years of absence, a smashing start in South Africa, an abortive attempt to relocate to Nigeria and ‘missed out’ in Burkina Faso, the Kora Awards have lost much of its credibility. Established in 1994 in South Africa by the Beninese  Ernest Adjovi, the Kora awards was  first aired in 1996 in 45 countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. They had as aim to boost the image of African music on TV.

At its debut in South Africa, the competition was very famous. Stars like Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Miriam Makeba, and personalities such as Kofi Annan and Bill Clinton have once been invited to witness this event. After ten years, relations between South Africa and Ernest Adjovi deteriorated. The Kora Awards disappeared from the scene. Three years later, the competition was reborn from its ashes and was announced to take place in Lagos, Nigeria in 2008. A few days of the event, the it was canceled.  President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore agreed to host the Kora Awards. Expected to take place in 2009, it finally held in 2010. The evening of April 4 in Ouagadougou was tarnished by the lack of award-winning artists, including the Nigerian duo P-Square (best music from Africa and the Diaspora)  with a million dollars to take home. In addition, the American rapper Akon, who was guest of the evening, did not show up.


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