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Makossa music owes its origin from the Duala tribe in Cameroon. Delving back in 70’s, Cameroon music was internationally embraced with a myriad of artists like Francis Bebe, Eboa Lottin, Misse Ngoh ,Manu Dibango, Dina Bell, Sam Fan Thomas etc printing indelible marks in the music market.  Excerpts of Manu Dibango’s music have been used by Michael Jackson , Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez to make incredible hits. Makossa witnessed a tremendous downswing with the infiltration of soukous , ndombolo, coupe decale etc in Cameroon in the early 90s. Did Petit Pays and Kotto Bass devalue makossa ? . Cameroonian makossa artists injected a high tempo and adulterated the melody believing it could be more commercial. The rich, and sophisticated genre of music called ''Makossa'' has now been dwindled to a sequence of regular bass patterns and rhythm which takes very little time and energy  to produ

ce. Seasoned and adept Cameroonian makossa producers like Sam Fan Thomas , Edgar Yankeu , Ndedi Eyango and Romeo Dika can testify this .

 A deluge of music fans across the world have been jiving to popular Nigerian songs like ‘E no easy’’ ,’’oyoyo’’ produced by J Martins, ‘’Girl’’, ‘my beautiful baby’’ by Bracket ,’’Kedike’’ by Chidinma, just to name a few which I think are pirate versions of makossa music which originates from Cameroon. Shakira was equally ensnared when she copied from Zangalewa to make an international hit. Nigerian artists have been thriving across the world with this genre of music which sounds like makossa . It now seems 'de rigeur'. ''Kukere'' by Iyanya is just a quintessence .


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P-Square,J Martins,Timaya,Bracket and many more,day in day out  get considerable air time on our local radios and snack bars in Cameroon.Their popularity in Cameroon has triggered  criticism from some in Cameroon who cannot understand why “foreigners” have become the people’s favourite.Their resentment even pushes them to point fingers at Cameroonian radio D.Js for dedicating so much time to foreign music at the expense of national music.But is it really a problem of foreign music or better music?

Music cannot be confined to another area,it cannot be controlled so that it doesn’t intrude into  another ‘s territory.Urban music ,most especially,speaks to any group of people regardless of  their country.When it is brilliantly done, this remark  is even more true.However,  those vexed by this situation should interpret this as a  call to excellence made to Cameroonian artists.If Nigerian urban music is popular then maybe this is due to an existing void which the music has come in to fill and Cameroonian artists have to churn out good and sufficient music to compete .Rather than call for some form of musical protectionism,our artists should take this as a challenge and come up with songs which can equally make their way into Nigerian airwaves. In this debate,people should keep in mind that urban music has no frontiers whereas local genres can be circumscribed to a particular area.Furthermore,we live in a free  market context where the audience decides what it wants.If  they decide to choose  Nigerian artists then let it be.After all,Vox populi vox dei. 

Feel free to try Cameroonian urban music too

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