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The Cameroonian hip hop movement has been gathering momentum over the years. Gradually, hip hop artists have through chart topping hits compelled music lovers to sit up and take note.One artist who has decided to change the game with a chart-topping  song and  video is Franky P. The release of  ‘Champagne up” which has become an anthem for party -goers and fun- lovers has taken taken things up a notch. But the talented rapper doesn’t intend to put a lid on the hits yet, he has also launched his own record label,UZI NATION. In the following interview,the Douala -based musician talks  more about his latest album, DAVODKA.

NEXDIMEMPIRE.COM:Let’s start from the beginning,your hot new video is the bomb.
FRANKY P:Thank you
NEXDIMEMPIRE.COM:Who did you work with to make such a great video?
FRANKY P: I worked with a film director,a beautiful lady called  Francoise Ellong  who works in Paris.
She came in to help me  make  a brilliant comeback.We worked for like two weeks to shoot this video.
NEXDIMEMPIRE.COM:In your single “Champagne up” ,you sing in English. What induced you?
FRANKY P: I was having fun in the studio with my friends and I came up with the chorus like that. It was instantaneous and  we knew that in French it would never be the same.So I wrote in English cause the flow was good with the music. Read More

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IRMA – Pure gold

Posted In: Art, Gospel, Hype, NEWS, Profile by Nchanji

In today’s world of high- tempo music marked by the recent resurgence of disco and techno, it is rare to find a budding artist who has the courage and faith to invest in something as unique and demanding as acoustic music. Driven by her talent, Cameroonian- born Irma has already embroidered her name in music history.Born and raised in Douala, Cameroon,Irma developed an early penchant for music and began strumming her fathers acoustic guitar as well as take piano lessons at the tender age of 7. At 15,Irma moved to France and continued harnessing the talent bubbling inside her on the sidelines of her studies.Like light that cannot be hidden,Irma’s talent finally   introduced her to the world when she began receiving positive feedback after posting some of her videos on the net.The hype finally culminated in August 2008 when 416 internet users,through the fan-funded music label My Music Company , pumped in the required 70,000 euros to produce her first album.This fit was achieved in just two days.After recording for three weeks with Lenny Kravitz’s longtime producer,Henry H,the young songwriter was courageous enough  to re-record the album in Paris in a bit to get a much more personal album.With a catalogue of  sultry compositions such as  “Letter to the lord” and ” I know’  which have become hit songs,the young guitarist rose to the promise of her online demos and enchanted music lovers with the release of her album entitled “Letter to the lord”.It  is a testament to her talent as an artist and and also to her  convictions as a person.Even a cursory appraisal of her music reveals her uniqueness.Her vocals  make her soul leanings evident.Her rhythm is a balanced mix of soul and faint doses of r’n’b. There is a certain sincerity and subtlety in her heavily-acoustic compositions that make her stand out.  This far,if the fact that she has already  featured alongside established musicians like Diams and others is anything to go by,then Irma is poised for musical greatness.

With a huge following already gathering,the challenge for this new star will be to emphasis and polish her uniqueness so that she  can last more than a life time in the ever-evolving world of music.

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Much like Beko Sadey  ,world music legend Sally Nyolo  has taken Asian-Cameroonian relations to another level by assisting another Asian artist explore Cameroon’s rich musical heritage. This time around, the music heavyweight has produced  a Japanese singer called Anyango and Tei molo is the title of the deeply-Cameroonian album. Cameroon’s  omnipresence in the album is undeniable given that most of the songs are sung in Eton, a dialect from the Centre region of the country, and the mvet,a traditional guitar from the same area provides the basis for most of the compositions. This is the second time a Cameroonian artist is teaming up with an Asian artist. The fist collaboration of this kind was in 2000 when one of Cameroon’s music divas, Beko Sadey, worked with Lui de Kamer, a chinese. This culminated in the release of Lui de Kamer’s makossa album in 2005 ,with  one hit “Munyengue” sung in Duala


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