Universal Music Africa’s vocalist and song writer Locko drops an open verse song titled ENERGY on his official YouTube channel YEMA Tv in an attempt to invite other singers in Cameroon upcoming or established to drop verses so as to pick out a perfect person for a duo. The song has sweet melodies and a very succinct message.
You can now download the song and instrumentation and be part of the challenge.
Everyone can do music but not everyone can do music that speaks to your inner ears. A true songwriter is not known for the so many songs he’s written and recorded but for the songs that have directly impacted lives and touched souls, especially via the intentionality of their lyrics.
PHIDO is a young promising Cameroonian singer, songwriter, and slam poet who has been around the music scene for a while a couple of songs to show for it, and conscious slam poetic videos. While on a steady rise in perfecting his arts and refining his lyrical and oratory prowess he drops yet another project dubbed GWANA – An Ep made up of 09 tracks. Phido has understood the type of music he does and a creative direction that doesn’t follow the bandwagon as he is branding his arts as Conscious Afro soul and Folk and alt-rock music.
It’s a body of work that cuts across consciousness and intentional living as it narrates stories, experiences, and circumstances which are the realities that inspired this project. He goes deeper right to the depth of the music banks to bring out that spiritual connotation that seduces the emotions of every listener.
An Afrobeat and Afro Jazz mélange vibe progresses on a fast tempo influenced by bass saxophones enabling a smooth transition as it delves into the bottle dance folkloric rhythm typical of the Grassfield region. The entire song gives the room music feeling which prioritizes consumption in clubs or enclosed spaces. The singer makes use of pidgin English and English language apt usage of common slang as the track is dedicated to himself to throw more light on his music essence and style.
“Gwana” as defined by Google stipulates someone who is a natural leader, independent and individualistic, an extremely ambitious person, original, and courageous who employs new and unproven methods. An explorer and an innovator who believes in an openness self-reliant, confidence, and energetic.”
A piece which serves as a prelude to what the project represents, painting a vivid but clear picture of the artist’s trajectory, the history, the present, and what the future holds acknowledging what lies within as talent is enough to conquer the world and upholding peace and harmony as a mantle in all spheres of life.
Recounts several hurts through memories that resurface every time to pierce deep. What doesn’t kill you makes you strong we say but it explains the reality of Karma that will catch up on everyone and anyone causing another hurt. It progresses on a slower tempo with a quick succession of verses accompanied by African drums, and twangy guitar notes. It highlights the concept that sometimes the healing process hurts more than the wound.
Generation Z, also called Gen Z, is the generational cohort following millennials, born between the late 1990s and early 2010s. The artist goes deeper here with a more spiritual connotation with a heavy influence of African chants and humming buried and synchronized in the instrumentation. On a softer melody enabled by bass piano, the artist highlights several factors and realities that plague the contemporary society of a Gen Z youth. A theme unites a song that predominantly conveys the messages of hope and steadfastness.
Makes use of storytelling reminiscing the time of the youth as he takes us to the yesteryears, a piece that bolds the theme of hope, a success story that constantly serves as a motivation – from grass to grace. It has elements of live music as it makes use of the more familiar live instruments and scenarios. Its free-flowing instrumentation makes the pitch stable and harmoniously flowing from start to end.
The level-headedness and confidence on this particular piece are on a different level, energetic, livelier, and free-spirited song heavily influenced by the South African Amapiano instrumentation with a mélange of Afro-Jazz. The dulcet voice of Makossa artist AWU Acapero makes the song have more meaning, has a vibe, and is a danceable tune you won’t forget in a hurry because of its catchy hook.
Every song on this project could be summarized in a single phrase “The light at the end of the tunnel” is how you can define this. Conscious of the fact that there’s life after death and until you die before you truly live. Live life now to the fullest for a tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed. The African chants ggivegoosebumps effects that connect the listeners every step of the way to messages relayed.
Another song deeply routed with spirituality as it embodies consciousness, illumination, enlightenment, and self-awareness for a positive change. It drifts away from the common Afro soulful style to a more Folk alternative rock vibe. There’s a deep connection with the soul with lyrics that pierce deep to the heart and mind. The major instruments here are bass guitar and drums.
This piece is deeper inspired by a note to oneself, self reflection and self-realization about the greatness buried within. The artist projects his versatility as he effortlessly delivers some very hard rap verses to show off both his lyrical and vocal prowess on a more solemn epic type of beats fussed with heavy HipHop beats.
Two of Cameroon’s finest young and promising vocalists and song writers team up on this love-inclined song titled APOLOGY. A love letter sophisticated with melodies and enticing lyrics soothing to the inner ears of every music listener whose taste buds resonate with soul music. As a lover yearns for a once upon a time romantic moment reaching out to his soul mate.
The song is available for your listening pleasure as you can now stream and download.
Music is one of the mortals’ most powerful portals to connect to the spiritual nature, it’s the unforeseen finite and divine source, and how we blend in with the universe around us and the different auras and vibrations we tap from. Music is sure that mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Although the majority of music lovers’ taste buds of this century is designed to adapt to trendy and wavy music pieces a deeper understanding of spirituality especially in music comes from how much soul music you consume and ancient teachings you study. Music is food for the soul and you might NOT be conscious of it yet, but anytime you try to listen to your inner voice, lighten your mood or rekindle a particular memory you find that balance in listening to music, just that fact there’s music for every mood should stress more on why music is spiritual.
What kind of music rest on spiritual awakening or spirituality? Sometimes we might be tempted to think just gospel songs or hymns, or some soft tone symphonies or indigenous drums? But we know spiritual music when we feel it when it helps connect to your essence, connects to your inner being that’s what makes it spiritual.
For others and how they define spirituality is differs and might depend on how they connect to the frequency of the song, but I do know music spirituality can’t be defined by a particular genre, by a belief, religion, or culture. Music as they say precedes and transcends in all of these aforementioned frameworks and is somehow interwoven to each other.
When you listen to music created from the heart, from an experience with truth and the intention is pure you easily feel the spiritual expression, whatever sense one draws out from music as the spiritual aspect, there are directly correlated to the nature of the music.
For someone like Vernyuy Tina, her artistry breathes African spirituality, her music has rhythm, has melodies, has tension, and release. The African chants, the indigenous languages or drums, sound of breath or wind sound blowing across are musical expressions of life and the employment to songs is what makes it magical and spiritual.
Her songs are solemn and always have a theme that progresses systematically from the beginning right to the end, she keeps her listeners attached because she does music that understands spiritual healing, soul upliftment, inspiration, and edification. Though there’s this feeling of labeling all folkloric Lamnso songs to the spiritual we can’t limit it spirituality to culture.
She’s intentional about her music style if you ask me conscious that music is created and intended to be beneficial to the human spirit. Then im convinced the highest form to know music has a spiritual realm is the direct impact on us, how it shapes our thoughts, controls our emotions, plays on our subconscious could be the principal why she makes music. Her responsibility is to influence lifestyles and habits while she expresses truth, consciousness, and realities.
The attachment to the indigenous lifestyle she represents, from the dress code to African tattooing and skin markings, heavy use of vernacular in her songs shows she’s not only intentional about her artistry but the connection to the spiritual, she invites you every time to be part of her world when she drops a new song.
Her latest release NDANI YA is is anthem or theme for Africa Unite she paints a lot of realities the African society is suffering from and that’s what makes African music peculiar compared to all music genres, it’s solemn, deep, real, and true. You connect to it because it expresses realities while conveying a message of hope and love as the healing factor.
The more music like this awakens higher aspirations and light the path of one’s inner self we are ready to delve into the spiritual realm we don’t know of until we experience it, soul.
Keep listening to NDANI YA here Link 🔗: https://youtu.be/qolGtK9ELbw