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The magic begins when the acoustic twangy guitar notes makes its way through to your soul permitting the pores on your skin give way for the hair to stand on ends, you call it goosebumps we call it feeling the rhythm and melody soul and body. The Intro already invites the listener to know what they are getting into an all African sound and having a brief knowledge of the artist’s trajectory. This is one those artists who have found their sound and is consistent on it with a voice that isn’t scared to pierce the veil while paying attention to the commercial appeal and working towards exporting mainstream.

Are you a lover? How do you show love? How do you even go about defining love when you are stocked in mere words without actions to back it up? Putting me in a LOVER’S DILEMMA Yeah? The funky instrumentation which has on its back-guitar notes and constant tam tam resounding effortlessly as the artist invites you into her LOVE WORLD recounting her experiences.

It’s a lover’s dilemma, do you love regardless or do you seek for actions to the words Oh! AFFAIRE D’AMOUR how you found yourself swirled by the country side melodies of drums, guitar and the whistling ignites this feeling of the amazon and outdoor vast landscape vibe. Love affair makes you obviously wonder far and wide, the artist doesn’t wait for you to savor the melodies as she dives right into dishing out the advice she has for lovers in French Language proving her versatility and flexibility in embracing two communities, the sound you would play when going I the wild for an adventure of when hearts are beating each to each on freshly shave green growth for a picnic.

NA MALA is just one of the unique Makossa vibes with heavy influence of Salsa instruments, here the bass guitar blends with a faint sound of the piano, the lyrics are even deeper that the instrumentation put together, stressing on the importance of what you have, all about value and remaining true to what you love regardless of the pressures life offers to. We are swept off our feet as the music fades away with African chants of high-pitched vocals.

When you value what you have as NA MALA says the outside world would obviously see that as DU JAMAIS, yet another sound with heavy Makossa influence, full employment of the drums and strings bass guitar, then at one point there’s this persistent but low key sound of what appears to be the echoing sound of an empty calabash. One thing about the artist creative direction is she has a great mastery of Love and romantic songs; one might think the inspiration is borne out of experiences as it seems not to be running out of ideas. A great deal of the songs in her discography are centered around the theme of Love and the Afrocentric romance.

We are diving into the core of the BLACK GIRL MAGIC the artist goes hard on the sling back beats with Wimbum mother tongue and pidgin English in dominance which makes it relatable and original. The sound here actually reflects a bit of the Mexican – Latino trumpeting and fluting but ever sounding and Spanish guitar.

When you experience true love everyday seems like a whole new day to fall in love once again and not having to look at yesterday, AMA FALLING and ama keep falling in love every time, the sound slightly drifts away from the makossa vibe as it embraces a more danceable and livelier tune. More like a lover unite anthem meant to rekindle fading love and resurface pleasant memories. The song has this unique vibe that would always want you going for more even when it has elapsed. Her voice with that of her brother MUSS blends in harmony for full ecstasy.

Anyways when love hits you hard and you are falling in love all over again, give in and JUST DO YOU the vibe around this tune has this rock star RnB heavy metallic instrumentation. This is you actually remaining steadfast to what you believe in irrespective of what the outside world says or thinks. It conveys a message of Believing in Yourself reason its heavy in delivery and beats to stress on the authoritative aspect.

When you LOVE A PLAYER be ready for the aftermath once again the artist migrates to the love arena as she invites Africa’s hardest femcee Askia drop some hardcore verses. The kind of sound you come across in the movies, movies that paints the theme of revenge, regret, pain and endurance. ASKIA actually empties her pain in the lyrics and projects her real-life experiences evidently revealed in her tone and choice of words, this cuts across realities of the 21st century relationships where infidelity is topping the ante.

Yeah, the TO LOVE A PLAYER is to sacrifice your body but hold up! WETI PERSON DO? How she switches up the pitch brings chills down your spine the transition to “Person go die ooo oohhh” deep connotation stresses on the magnitude of the message conveyed. You actually feel it deep, like a cold dagger put around your throat. Before we even get enough of the lyrics Cleo Grae jumps in and spits fire verses the free-flowing story telling rap that can suit any kind of beat. Its all about love, love, love.

CONTROLLER yet another love song, seems like the artist wants us to understand she seemingly runs mad when it comes to love, a cross section of the tracks on this body of work rest on the THEME of love. The song is a very danceable one, has this club type of vibe or mostly consumed on extreme loud volume and in best consumed in public gatherings.

AFFAIR D’AMOUR resurfaces but this time around with an extra energy in the person of LYDOL , as she drops a few slam rap verses because emitting melodies straight out of the vocal cord, the song fades away with a few slam verses and you seemingly feel a little rumba and ndombolo blend- Maybe!

Before you hustle and start living LA VIDA LOCA never forget where you come from, this Afro Jazz and Makossa fusion, wavy and it reminisces the time. Music of the 80s resurfaced with a mélange of present-day instrumentation. The producer exercises his production prowess in bridging the gap between old and new school music and we are privileged to have a taste of relics and antics, for those who have lived both eras it arouses this nostalgic feeling and once again being part of the moment.

IYORI drifts away from the list of love thematic songs as it dives into a more energetic and danceable tune. It’s all about fun inclined and party projecting summer vibe, it introduces a new flavor and more of the invisible extra flair the artist possesses in her honey pot where she keeps Deeping her fingers to bring out the sweetness every time. IYORI oh! Light up your energy tonight!

JOHNNY WAKA is more of the indoor room vibe, the one you would put on your dancing shoes and illuminate the dancefloor. The instrumentation is a fading metallic room tempo because the vocals of the artist seems to have been submerge in the instrumentation making the feeling quite different, more like resounding echoes.

TO LOVE A PLAYER introduces Assiko folkloric sound and blend of Bikutsi, a typical traditional piece of instruments put together and refined, very danceable quite different from the first version however the theme remains same.

TAPSI has the heavy influence of the African drums, gongs and rattle batons, flutes, this one screams AFRICA! The tweeting sounds of jungle birds, the Amazon air breaths through the instrumentation which blends with the dulcet voice of the artist pure to human. This song breaths hope, better days ahead more like the HAKUNA MATATA phrase brought to life delivered in pidgin English and French language.

The album is nothing short of sounds of Africa as it presents a myriad of rhythms and melodies merged into music that suites the soul just like Africa Panacea that seems to be an antidote or ailment for every malice that’s the MAGIC this black girl’s voice and lyrics brings to the body and soul. The Afro Jazz genre lies as the foundation to her artistry while employing Makossa which has been very evident and other sounds peculiar to Cameroon ethnic groups and cultures. The album is still available for consumption on all digital music streaming platforms.

I’m sitting on my working desk pondering, flipping a thousand pages in my head, pages of books I’ve been able to go through since I became conscious about the things of life as a teenager right up to this hour. Drowning deep in thoughts more like a trance and it occured to me many Cameroonians aren’t living intentionally. So I captioned this as the “Cameroonian Dream” but is there such a thing as a Cameroonian Dream?
I do know everyone had their personal dreams when growing up, we often resounded it until it became fun, always aiming for the big titles and positions in society. Then you begin to flip through calendars as years go by: the passion dies down naturally and the excitement gradually fades away until you have no clue about what you want in life.

You can’t discover your purpose, you can’t define your essence, everything seems blur as you see more light, you are convinced life is HARD. I agree with you from your perspective life seems very unfair but life being generally unfair to everyone actually makes life fair : the fact it doesn’t discriminate life is life and when you reach at the stage of flowing with the tides and toasted against your will by life’s waves and currents be assured “life happens” You and I know dreams come true, but we forget in a hurry nightmares are dreams too, when hoping for the best it’s equally okay to expect the worst, that’s why it’s important to aim for the moon so in case you miss you might land for the stars, anyways all of them shine bright – how ironical it is it comes through only in your darkest of moments to illuminate your path.

So what is the Cameroonian Dream? The dream every passionate youth had as a teenager, going through basic regular education as everyone ordinary child. Getting enrolled at the secondary level, through high school then obtaining every necessary certificate to further studies or Higher education. Then a period of three years or less presents you with the most flooded degree of our time, a big smile on your face as you match and parade in your graduation robe momentarily the best day of your life! I put it to you. Year in and out thousands of youths graduate but where do they go to?

At the back of your mind you have figured out what kind of job you’re going in for, the very lucrative ones especially if it’s the white-collar jobs where you won’t settle for less. Then your ultimate dreams starts transforming into that nightmare when the burning desire to be part of the working class diminishes as your effortlessly drop applications seeking for a job and it ends in a sham. It’s inevitable you join the queue of job seekers then it occurs to you in a flash you are living the reality of “Chomage” a word you have been familiar with throughout your educational formation but you didn’t pay particular interest to cause of course nobody wants to identify with negativity. At that moment frustration creeps in you watch the news, you observe the society and the environment you live in, then your consistently curse the government for all your mishaps and misery. At least you have everyone to blame but yourself so the burden doesn’t way on you entirely ,you have somewhere to brush off the pressure , dump your hurt, filth and failures unapologetically.

That’s the first dream, living right, undergoing education, getting employed earning high, starting a home and then retiring happy and fulfilled.

Then comes another dream which is quite similar to the one above but the slide difference is that , after all the “chomage” you are not comfortable sitting and cursing the government with no major changes but you decide to search for greener pastures elsewhere. You then “fall bush” – “anywhere but not Cameroon”, that’s the thought that keeps resounding in your head until you eventually leave. I don’t know much about green growth but one thing I do know is the grass is never really greener on the other side, it actually appears greener or if it really is ,then it’s because the owner spends time watering it, unless watering yours is not an option that will be my suggestion.

You’re now overseas the goal is to make money, come back home and invest, settle down or possibility of staying in the said country until you gain nationality then it’s still okay to curse the government and why not the entire country from there? Another dream! Then there’s the nightmare which is seemingly becoming the ideal dream. Sometimes the wrong choices provide best solutions but it doesn’t change the fact it was a wrong move. What do you do then in a complex society? You have to do what you have to do to survive.

That’s how life fucked up everything and tend the whole game sideways until you become part of a convulated system you signed in it without your will but didn’t sign up for. Youths now are engaged in quick money generating schemes, indulged in the inexplicable meager petty jobs which would have never been an option or a topic of discussion in your earlier days of job seeking. We are losing each new generation to juvenile delinquency as it has become the new way of life, if you don’t blend in then you are not living. That’s the third dream, who knew the nightmare was the dream that would come true?

The “Cameroonian dream” was just a dream, your reality and my reality aren’t the same- the dreams are never really the same even if they are , there are different routes in making them come true. But I do know there are dreamers in Cameroon who have made it happen and are still making it happen, when you realize nobody will make it happen for you and it’s all on you then you will realize there’s nothing like the Cameroonian dream.

I believe the “Cameroonian dream” is simply you believing that your dreams can come to life by your own efforts, it’s dependent on you in a country where everything and anything is possible to start with. You can make it if you chose, my dream doesn’t have to be your dream in order for the dream to be valid and come true, that’s the Cameroonian dream. Self realization that no one will help you unless you try, self orientation that you are chasing your desires and your interest and not being limited by the system, because everyone is involved doesn’t make it right. The dream is you doing you, go home with this thought “If you can make it Cameroon, you can make it anywhere- The Cameroonian dream”

African man in pink suit, a stick, white background, in glasses, black shoes

Taku Claude is a cameroonian base fashion designer, who is specialized in the production of hand made Suits, Senate wears and traditional outfits for men, women and kids. His craft touches hearts across the World as he constantly flies international to deliver orders from his clients and show case his designs on the run way in U.S.A, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Being a graduate from the University of Buea with a BSc in Environmental Science . Taku Claude has remained resilient and had focused on his passion as a fashion designer which is today making him the best in Cameroon as of now . With a deep passion for fashion, he decided to switch into fashion because of the great zeal he had nurtured during his secondary school days while spending his vacation at his late dad’s tailoring shop .
 He is married to a beautiful, suppuortive and lovely wife who has blessed him with 4 handsome and beautiful kids.
Taku’s career goal is to set up a fashion design institution where him and his formidable team can train hundreds or thousands Cameroonians into the trade of fashion . 

laude Taku is currently undertaking feasibility studies to open outlets of TC DESIGN CLASSIC wears in the towns of Douala, Buea, Limbe , Bamenda and to later extent to other African countries starting with Nigeria where there is a ready market to add to his already existing outlet in the USA.
This visionary dynamic Cameroonian is envisaging to style and dress all World top class celebrities In the next two years . This confidence arises from the fact that some of his VIP clients pay his flight for him to different countries to come get their measurements and produce bespoke suits for them.

In an interview on the national television Cameroon, Taku Claude enumerated a couple of his achievements . He can currently boast of 10 designs that are typically his from his bag of fashion creativity . That is , from conception, production to the finishing with authors right protected under his brand. 
Taku has Participated on almost all World’s prestigious Runways like the London fashion week, New York fashion week which often lived him with great memories and act like a motivation for more creative designs . Claude equally revealed that reactions and feedbacks from such events makes him feel fulfilled in his art. 


Seeing his designs being put on billboards in Ghana and Nigeria are also some very exciting moments in his career. 
Claude in an attempt to encourage Cameroonians to be job creators than job seekers revealed his networth . Claude has an estimable networth of 200millions francs cfa. His cars are worth an estimated amount of 40 millions, my duplex in which he currently lives-in is Worth 130 millions. He equally has landed assets worth 30 millions.

Claude’s head office is in Yaounde at Biyem-assi Cameroon where the present grand Jeammot Express Agency is with outlets in the USA and BRUSSELS.

His late dad alias SAFARI as he was popularly known was and is still his biggest inspiration as he confesses .   
He was a tailor back then in the 80s 90s” 2000 up to 2012. He was a creative-minded individual and had made Cameroon proud back then as he had bagged numerous awards from neighbouring Nigeria as a sign of recognition for his works . 

He was very passionate about his art. Taku inherited fashion designing from him. He admits to be heavily indepted to him. His legacy lives on via him. May his gentle soul continue to rest in Peace .
Claude is currently looking up to build a legacy in his art like the Geogio Amarnd, Aristotle and a whole host of other legend in the field of Fashion .

The African woman has been perceived over the years as a warrior, one with an impeccable desire to see the growth of what she has birth, one who multitask with the energy of a thousand horses, one who protects it’s offspring like a Moses leading the Israelites across the red sea, one serves even when queening and spreads love and affection from deep the hearts bowels- A true African woman choses to challenge life in all it’s entirety ,that’s WOMAN POWER.

The dairy of a sickle cell goddess, today March 8th International Women’s Day we chose to celebrate Nora Emeli Ekole Molongwe popularly known as Nora Brown who chosen to challenge all health complications and life’s hurdles unapologetically as she uses her story to serve, enlighten, Illuminate, support and build the community in every aspect. Right from the diaspora, UK based her works go far and wide touching lives and putting smiles on the faces of many.

To celebrate the strength and essence of a woman can’t be done in a single day ,but a day is set aside to honor the woman especially those who won’t- women ought to be celebrated daily as it’s through a woman that human procreation is possible. Nora Brown cuts across every aspect of a woman worth venerating, choosing to challenge health as she uses her story to inspire other fighters around the world.

Choosing to challenge female entrepreneurship as she runs the Nora Brown Cakes that brings about income. Choosing to challenge Community lapses through has sensitization and developmental project Nora Brown Talks.

Choosing to Challenge Female Chauvinism by redefining Feminism as a movement to help empower the male gender rather than compete with them.

Choosing to challenge depression and frustration as she advocates for the voiceless, oppressed and weary in society via her numerous schemes, projects and initiatives. In a society where we live in it’s very rare for people to buy a rose for their heroes and heroines when they deserve but will buy a whole bouquet pf flower when they are no more, we wish to change the perspective by celebrating community builders while they are still alive. Nora Brown’s essence is that of sacrifice, resilience , enthusiasm, optimism and networking. Through her hands many are blessed – the woman has always been the tool to build, to create, to nurture, to groom, to support and to join. For everyone of these virtues mentioned we have searched and found Nora Brown to be worthy of such qualities and so we chose to celebrate her works today just like every other day.

𝘾𝘼𝙈𝙀𝙍𝙊𝙊𝙉𝙄𝘼𝙉 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙏𝙀𝙉𝙏 𝙉𝙊𝙏 𝙂𝙀𝙏𝙏𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙄𝙉𝙏𝙀𝙍𝙉𝘼𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝘼𝙇 𝙍𝙀𝘾𝙊𝙂𝙉𝙄𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉: 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙪𝙣𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙛𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨

.So when we don’t have Cameroonian contents making it to the international scene who is to be blamed ? The entertainers , industry stake holders or the potential audience? The whole idea appears complex because there’s an unending warfare that exists between the reality that is and the expectation that isn’t and will hardly ever be!

A good number of countries around Africa have used entertainment to boost their economy via international collaborative partnerships, endorsement deals and for a fact its becoming one of the biggest sector in recent times. But the Cameroon government and industry stakeholders seem to be very far from this , rather imposing jaw falling and back breaking overwhelming limitations via conventions. Its every entertainer’s dream to make it at a local level then level up internationally and of course dreams do come through but we forget nightmares are dreams too!

Talking about nightmares – that one that concerns breaking through in Cameroon, if you succeed in Cameroon there’s a high probability you can succeed elsewhere. But why then do we succeed to a greater degree locally but no international recognition ? Why do acts around other African countries get picked up for nominations , shows , deals and performances and we are found wanting?

THÉ UNENDING WARFARE BETWEEN REALITY AND EXPECTATIONS.THÉ REALITY.

•Now Cameroon has a population of about 26, 689,491 million people as per Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 with urbanisation stats at 56% with close to 7.87 million people as internet users with a penetration rate of 30%. •Mobile phone connections stands at 23.62 million people vs a population 90%.

•Active social media users stands at 3.70million people with a penetration rate of 14%.•Population aged 13 and above stands at 63% 16.4 million people, population aged 18 and above stands at 51% -13.4 million people and population aged 16 to 64 ,53%- 13.8 million people.•Total number of internet users on any device is 7.87 million people.•Internet users as a percentage of total population is 30%.•Mobile internet users reference: share of social media users accessing via mobile phones stands at 97%.•Total number of active social media users stands at 3.70 million people and social media users compared to the total population is 14% while the percentage of those active social media users accessing via mobile stands at 97%.

FACEBOOK AUDIENCE OVERVIEW •Number of people that Facebook reports can be reached with adverts on Facebook are 3.50million people.•Facebook reported advertising reach compared to total population aged 13+ is 21%•Percentage of Facebook users accessing via any kind of mobile phone is 97.3% and those who access only through mobile phones stands at 90.0%.•Percentage of Facebook users who only access via a laptop or desktop computer stands at 2.7%

INSTAGRAM AUDIENCE OVERVIEW •Number of people that Instagram reports can be reached with adverts on Instagram stands at 390.0 thousand people.•Instagram reported advertising reach compared to total population aged 13+ stands 2.4%TWITTER AUDIENCE OVERVIEW •Number of people that Twitter reports can be reached with adverts on Twitter is 110.0 thousand. •Twitter reported advertising reach compared to total population aged 13+ is 0.7%

LINKEDIN AUDIENCE OVERVIEW.•Number of people that LinkedIn reports can be reached with adverts on LinkedIn stands at 640 thousand people.•LinkedIn’s reported advertising reach compared to total population aged 13+ stands at 4.8%.If you will have to consider promoting your arts you have to take into consideration these platforms in which to use with high monetary inputs for effective and efficient results. Now with statistics like these the reality is how many people actually own email addresses that after watching a video online on YouTube will subscribe ? How many actually take time to understand streaming platforms before owning accounts on those platforms and the benefits and advantages that surround the whole universe?

𝙁𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙨. How much is the income of an average Cameroonian youth that he/she will be willing to subscribe to reasonable data plans to consume digital products ? Or financially back their media presence with the purchasing power of consuming arts? The media age of Cameroonians stands at 18.7 with male and female constituting 50% each as per percentage of the total population. Their incomes fluctuate around 35-45k a month not even enough to sustain up keep before miscellaneous. Percentage of the population aged 15+ that reports owning or using each financial product or service. •27% percent of Cameroonian youths have account with financial institutions. •3.0% have credit cards •15% have mobile money accounts •5.6% make online purchase and pay bills.Now that’s what we have to know about streaming and purchasing arts online mostly movies and music

.𝙇𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙮 𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙜𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙.To be realistic how many even master these platforms , social networks and social media handles put at our disposal to ease our digital lives and make content easily accessible. Many people are willing to consume an entertainer’s project online but the actual fact is they don’t know how to go about it! The literacy rate as concerns an overview of the population stands at 77% ie adults from the age of 15+ with te female literacy rate at 72% at age 15+ and for males 83% at age 15+.

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙩𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙙𝙞𝙜𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙨.In a country where communication companies like MTN, ORANGE and NEXTELL are fighting for the leadership position but services won’t actually prove soin disant titles. There are always loopholes and break downs when it comes to optic fibres and all over reoccurring complains. With an internet penetration rate as low as it is how do those who are interested and have the purchasing power do to consume these arts? Average speed of mobile internet connections stands at 16.85 MBPS.Average speed of fixed internet connections 9.24 MBPS will online streaming platforms like NETFLIX do well here ?

𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙘𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙢𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙨.A saddening reality is the conscious refusal to market our arts mainly because we don’t want to understand the Show business, secondly because we are not willing to spend and to a greater degree there are no investors or sponsors to arts who will single handedly take it to the next level either based on poor content or shades that follow contracts afterwards. Top YouTube search queries are hardly ever Cameroonian related contents, see stats below of the search stats of what Cameroonians check online.1•Film2•Dadju 3•Film complet en Français 4•Cameroun 5•Love 6•Music 7•Fally8•Arafat9•Musique 10• Dj Arafat11•Fally Ipupa12•TAKAM13•Locko14•XXL15•NYANGONO16•BAOS17• Gospel18•NYANGONO du sud 19• Maître Gims 20•Katalina Another reality is the population and audience are not really ready to consume home made products. I’m talking with statistics the top 10 searches and most streamed songs on YouTube this 2020 are not from Cameroon. The most visited websites from Cameroon are not our content related, the few internet users spend time on other things. Now see this statistics the most visited websites in Cameroon as presented by ALEXA- websites with average monthly ranking.1• Google.com – 12minutes 9seconds2• YouTube.com – 11minutes 44seconds 3• Yahoo.com – 4minutes4•Google.com – 5minutes5•Google.fr -5mins 6•Wikipedia.org -3minutes 7•Facebook.comb- 17minutes 8•CM1XBET.cm -2minutes 9•Premierbet.cm -3mins10•Cameroon-info.net- 5mins11•Savefrom.net -3mins12•Alibaba.com – 7mins13• Bongacams.com – 3mins 14• Camerounweb.com – 7mins 15• Actucameroun.com -7mins16•Stackoverflow.com- 5mins17•Microsoft.com -3mins18• Minajobs.net – 6mins19• Google video – 2mins 20• Postlink.com – 0mins 5secs

𝙂𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙩𝙝 Then we have a government with little or no policies that help the Entertainment sector. There’s no visible law that prioritizes the consumption of home made contents and no firewalls placed to curb the influx of foreign contents, so anyone can do anything and still get away with it.

THE EXPECTATIONS

I am an entertainer I drop my content [music/movie] and Cameroonian promoters will pick it up because I believe in support your own. I really don’t have to bother contacting this platforms to promote my arts because they need me to provide content. You haven’t actually done a feasibility to see how good your music is vis a vis a niche but you blame promoters for not picking up your content to share until you get desired results, but the question is do you have a identifiable audience ? Promoters don’t generate views , link clicks, a loyal fan base as the misconception of expectation when paying for a service. The only think obviously guaranteed and it’s logical is The visibility and awareness you get off a promotional platform- from there your content can be eventually fetch a fan and why not the desired streams subsequently Your expectations vague as asking a platform to promote you without giving them content, no website that sells you, no press kit, no self constructed info that can be picked from anywhere to readily use for your promo and intend consumption.

The expectation is wanting to appear for nominations on awards and bookings for shows when you don’t actually exist as an entity of fully branded structure. Etc…

THE WAY FORWARD

Enrolling in courses and programs that teach more about the music business or all other sustainable developmental projects that are related to the growth of showbiz.

Designing and structuring business plans to soliciting sponsoring from substantial investors and sophisticated structures that are willing to make your business plan a reality. [musically though]

Doing feasibility studies on how attainable your objectives of making it in an ever competitive Entertainment industry vis a vis building a brand and image that will sell you upfront. Soliciting partnership ,

GoFundMe initiatives that will help boost your career. Most acts around the world in recent times are using crowdfunding to accomplish and evacuate projects with little or no efforts. There exist a good number of ways we can make our content global within few days but we are generally not willing to step out of our comfort zones by applying hard work to make it work. Hard work entails learning the basics and fundamentals and equally consulting those who have been there, if we can’t make it locally it will hardly ever be possible to make globally. We need to be conscious of this fact, you can’t give what you don’t have.

It was a seismic event when Congolese super Star Fally Ipupa finally made a grand entry in Cameroon precisely in Douala, after touring part of the economic capital with his caravan making his appearance seen by the anxious public he eventually visited some media houses to talk about his mission in Cameroon at the moment. The 11th of February 2021 saw the presence of Congolese artist in Cameroon at Canal Olympia Douala to celebrate the Youth Day of which he honored the invitation. Before he his performance other music acts graced the stage with their thrilling performances and the reaction from the crowd wasn’t the best.

Tenor who performed kept receiving shots of empty plastic bottles from what happened to be a disgruntled crowd of onlookers and fans, eventually when Fally Ipupa mounted the stage for his performance the shots came coming and in an outburst of disappointment and anger he uttered these words “If you throw these bottles again I will stop the concert and go I don’t like illiterates” translated from French which reads “Vous jetez encores les bouteilles sur moi j’arrete le concert et je pars je n’aime pas les villlageois” I did’nt pay my flight from Congo to come here for this bullshit he added!

Just as a quick reminder sometime ago still in Cameroon while Fally Ipupa had to perform still during a concert an angry unidentified individual slapped him from the back of his head and managed to run off into the crowd present. And to finally burst your bubbles Tenor crowned the day once again with a National disappointment when he took his pants off and showed his boxers to the audience present.

What is your say concerning these behaviors from both the fans and the entertainers present? Do you think Cameroon showbiz lovers aren’t all that supportive? drop your thoughts below!

This could be a potential hit song, Salatiel invites Haitian zouk goddess Rutshelle Guillaume on a collaborative project to jump on a track titled GOOD GIRL which appears among the 19 tracks in his forth coming album AFRICA REPRESENTED.

I had to visit the social media handles of Rutshelle and background check just to discover she’s been on fire , her music pieces a rich discography , branding and her personality as a whole. I’m excited about this project because it represents a portion of what the Album stands for , linking two music cultures on a single track is what fans and music lovers always yearn for.

She’s like the new wave of zouk music in all its splendors I can’t wait to see what a fuss of Salatiel’s Afro soul and Afropop has to offer. The interesting thing is some Haitian blogs are picking up this announcement with so much passion which equally proves they are excited about this project hence fastening the anticipation while making the audience and possible reach bigger and wider.

For a fact I don’t doubt Salatiel’s moves in making his music consumed across national boundaries while targeting another type of audience via his production and vocal prowess. He proved this on the track VAMOS featuring @Soul Bangs where the delivery was almost Mexican with a touch of Latino effects and equally on the track COMME ÇA featuring @Daphne clearly targeted the Islamic or Muslim community with the delivery and vocal modifications of his accent. To think Haita has a traditional language they use Rutshelle guillaume delivery and accent will be just what is needed to make this piece worth listening and consuming.

It’s obvious Salatiel is a music enthusiast a very talented music craftsman who seeks to explore every corner of the picture painted by the mind’s eye and bring out the creativity. The fans of both parties as well as the artists themselves are looking forward to this project passionately, the potentials of this being a hit song is obvious as it serves varied audience and equally considering the magnitude of both fan bases put together. We keep anticipating for the full package come February 26th! Africa is truly represented.

I still have this on my playlist I don’t know about you! So I had to revisit the collection of cultural projects some Cameroon entertainers have released so far. This one PATA PATA Chilli Wawaye ft Babaah Master which dropped at the last quarter of 2020 to me is underrated, probably because it wasn’t pushed however doesn’t change the fact the artists on this project have been very inconsistent in the music scene. That could be a possible reason why people no longer pay attention to their arts anymore irrespective of the fact their deliveries are exceptional.

So in attempt to fully consume and exploit every angle of this piece I had to listen to the track over and over but I was stocked at the level of lyrics interpretation since I don’t understand lamnso. Right from the title of the song PATA PATA which reappeared several times as well in the chorus of the song pushed me to want to know the meaning. So after searching on google to no avail I had to contact a few friends from the Nso land if they could help me with a translation of the word , however it’s not a word from the vernacular and doesn’t exist anywhere in their dictionary.

In as much as I could simply put into context to understand what it could possibly mean, I wasn’t totally convinced if my judgements will be accurate so I searched again to see what other African countries say about the word PATA PATA in their language. That’s how I stumbled on this African masterpiece of all times PATA PATA of Miriam makeba officiel who was a South African singer and activist labeled as MAMA AFRICA- her song PATA PATA has been crowned as one of Africa’s masterpiece with a GRAMMY attached to her name, she influenced many aspiring music artists at the time including Andy Allo.

However I’m here to draw a line if there’s a possible sampling , a similitude or just a coincidence of track titles. PATA PATA as defined by Miriam MAKEBA means “Touch Touch” and multiple other meanings stipulate its a game in which two participants clap their hands together to the rhythm of an accompanying nursery rhyme.

Another meaning uplifted is that in the South African context PATA PATA is the sound that the raindrops make as they hit the roofs of the corrugated iron shacks in the South African townships.

In Cameroon if we are to speculate the meaning of PATA PATA at fight thought we have the impression in Cameroon Pidgin it means “ONCE AND FOR ALL” or “At all at all” but putting in context to the song, we could derive multiple interpretations. Chilli Wawayee could simply mean “Final day” or “Enjoyment Day” with relation to the fact two lovers reaching out to each other and finally stop beating around the bush.

In Nso culture it could be attributed to the sounds emitted from the playing of big drums such as the Kimankar.

It could still stand for PARTY PARTY based on the ambiance , the lyrics and the music universe. Just like Ugandan rapper Big Tril’s “Parte after Parte”

One thing in music I know is people draw inspiration from each other’s arts , it’s a universal language but what I do frown on is the fact a thousand others are just ripoffs of the big names in the music scene who influenced the music culture with their style. There could be a possibility both projects just have a similitude in titles or that it’s an inspiration drawn or still possible that referencing the PATA PATA of Miriam MAKEBA could indirectly lead you back to PATA PATA of Chilli Wawaye is still a plus for her visibility.

Im tempted to conclude all these aforementioned factors were all taken into consideration since Chilli Wawaye is branding herself as an Afropop artist with cultural style and touch she could have as well benchmarked and sampled the big names in the African scene she gives a shout-out to South Africa at the completion of her song. Just to add Angélique Kidjo multiple GRAMMY Awards winner equally remixed and revived PATA PATA by Miriam MAKEBA.

Feel to drop your thoughts and contributions as regards to the subject matter.