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May
4

The recently-created hiphop cabaret that started in Yaounde seems to be well on track. Hardly have the curtains fallen on the opening  edition that a second date has already been set. On May 5, the second night of the hiphop cabaret will take place at montée Zoe near Acropole in Yaounde. A litany of artists have already been lined up to strut their stuff on that day. Amongst them we have guys like Habib du Bled and Xzafrane. Hiphop lovers are called upon to attend.


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February
24

The Cameroonian hip- hop movement is driven by a diverse bunch although they all have one destination:the top. In this lot, one finds a group of rappers who stand out by virtue of the revolutionary nature of their ryhmes. For them, rap is not only a mode of expression. It also an outlet for releasing pent-up frustrations and rage. Last week we did feature one of such artists here in the person of Xzafrane. Permit us present another rapper in this category: Masta Ben. His fiery lyrics and intense performance have earned him a place  alongside revolutionary rap godfather“General” Valsero. The  Yaounde-based rapper  who has been on the Cameroonian hip-hop scene for a while now recently announced the release of his album for this year. Below is one of his releases ” Ils veulent” in which he accuses some people of wanting youths to slip into delinquency. I think even the guy is conscious of his hostile tone since he punctuates his rapping with this reminder “this is no call for violence”. Just get the rage and intensity in the guy’s voice and performance. If not for the monotony of his refrain”Ils veulent” and poor video quality, it’s a pretty song with a nice up-tempo beat and message if you’re a believer in rap for change. We hope to bring you an interview with this guy. For more on him visit /masta-ben.skyrock.com/profil.


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February
20

The Cameroonian music scene is as eclectic as it is diverse. Artists are choosing radically different  directions in which to steer their music. One artist who has chosen to go down the socially-engaged road is Xzafrane. The young rapper has just released a video entitled “le langage des armes” in which he lashes out at the neocolonialism, impotence, misery and oppression that characterise the African reality. He is joined by the “Godfather” of revolutionary Cameroonian rap Valsero who brings his intensity and reputation to the track . Lovers of rap as a tool to fight injustice will surely enjoy this one but the fun and bling-loving rap fans   will be unhappy. It is a good song but the dark ,philosophical and apocalypse-predicting refrain will be a turn-off for most. Listen and watch for yourselves.


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