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September
18

One can rightly say that  Christmas bells have started jingling much earlier for Cameroonian artists even though Christmas is still far away. The artists are set to share in the sum of  about FCFA 230 million from copy and neighbouring rights dues. In this regard, The Wedding Mc Jokebook=”color: #800000;”>Romeo Dika, president of the copyright management agency SOCAM, has called on artists to update their repertoires in order to ease calculation and payment of dues. Announcements such as these are pretty heartwarming for Cameroonian artists who often complain of not benefiting from the fruit of  their labour. Kudos to SOCAM and its management although no specific date has been set for the announced payments.

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May
21

After the viral proliferation of the article about Cameroonian artists to protest against P-Square concert on social network , newspapers and blogs, there has been a torrential reaction across the world. While some considered it pejorative, others had a different angles to judge from the hypothesis. The truth is that Cameroonian artists do not have any problem with a P-Square concert, their major concern is MTN.

The president of SYCAMU, Romeo Dika decided to post a comment ,  Friday 18th on nexdimempire.com to throw more light on the issue, hence painting the right portrait. The comment was written in French .  Here is an  interpretation;

”Thank you for your contribution.  Permit me say that I have no problem with the young brothers of the group P SQUARE. It’s my pleasure to know that African youths can be successful with one or two phrases, that’s the magic of inspiration. We
should however not go beyond the scope of the union’s claim at the moment. SYCAMU is opposing  MTN, which illegally operates music downloads without permission from the rights holders, this is what mobilized artists and producers in Cameroon in order that MTN  complies with the law. Moreover, for this purpose, SYCAMU informed  the NIGERIAN PMAN,  and  its president has agreed to support our action against MTN considered by them as criminal. This strong mobilization led MTN  to pay the arrears , to declare the  P SQUARE concert, and pledged to the government to negotiate the acquisition of official licenses. It is therefore in the interest of the establishment and not the meaning you give to this law case. You can insult me as you want, but the Nigerian musicians who have worked with me in the studio ; TABANSY RECORDS,  ROGERS ALL STARS in Onitsha, and PREMIER RECORDS in LAGOS, like JIDE OBY, FELIX LEBARTY, ANDY SHURMAND, SONNY Okosun, Stella Monye,  Onyeka etc acknowledge what I did as a producer of Nigerian hits . I wish you well and the best for P SQUARE”.

Romeo Dika is a pioneer Cameroonian Makossa artist whose music has positively inspired the world and has been a trailblazer. Enjoy this brand new video ”Janjo L’Asu” off his new release.


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May
17

It wasn’t surprising to hear  that some Cameroonian artists were planning to protest against the P-Square concert. Any keen observer and blogosphere fan must have seen the signs after the Akon concert. Back then some Cameroonians were angry that Cameroonian artists had been paid peanuts as compared to the payload handed to the American hiphop megastar. What has however been surprising is the calibre of people spearheading this march of shame. A veteran musician like Romeo Dika should know better than mislead aspiring musicians. The entertainment industry is a jungle where only the fittest survive and let’s be patriotic to the truth and admit it; our music hasn’t been fit for a while now. Mr. Romeo Dika should carry out a survey in Cameroon and see how many people know the title of his last album or can hum a chorus from any of the tracks on that album. For the entertainment industy, globalisation and the market economy system mean that our artistic products will have to compete with  those from outside. And if ours aren’t up to par then our artists will lose endorsements. If Mr. Romeo Dika and co. want to be paid a 100 million frs cfa to perform they should produce an album overflowing with intercontinental hits so that a company knows their brand will reach millions when they contract them. Endorsing an artist for such huge sums isn’t done out of sentiments. It is a business strategy in which the artist and company must both win. If any company was to give any of the protesting Cameroonian artist a 100 million frs to perform it will surely not get back its money worth. I know some people will talk of a company’s social responsibility but when you pay an artist such a sum,he/she benefits not the community. The mobile phone company shouldn’t give in to blackmail because if  it does, it will be encouraging mediocrity. Let our artists go to work so that one day a foreign company can give them millions to perform abroad. Mr Romeo and Co. should stop brandishing their mediocrity for the world to see. Let them go into their studios and produce songs that resonate across the continent and why not the world. Until they do this, they will come across as a mediocre bunch begging for handouts because they don’t have what it takes to survive in the tough world of entertainment. Are we together?


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October
10

Remember Makossa artist, Romeo Dika released a new album titled ” YOU & ME’ early this year. His video ‘them shozwme wanda’ has been circulating on local channels in Cameroon and so far, ”le mari de ma femme’ crooner has been enjoying relative success. If you have n’t had the chance of watching the video on TV? here is a sterling opportunity . The video was realised by African view entertainment.

‘Ma sista them show me wanda eh, them show me wanda’

Enjoy!



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August
9

Hey people, NexDim just received a brand new song from Romeo Dika extracted from his new album ”YOU & ME” . The Makossa star whose noise has not been heard for a while now in the music scene has introduced his special ”come back”  with a hit single ”Toi et Moi”. You’ll definitely love the song. ”Toi et moi on va se marier kwata kwata”.

Toi et moi [audio:http://nexdimempire.com/wp-content/uploads/Toi-et-moi.mp3]



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