Cameroon By Night: Monthly Music Roundup

Okayafrica contributor Paola Audrey runs down the best tracks and videos from Cameroon in Okayafrica's very first Cameroon By Night: Monthly Music Roundup.

Welcome to the inaugural March/February edition of our Cameroon By Night series, where each month Okayafrica contributor Paola Audrey runs down her choices for the best tracks and videos to hit Cameroon. Scroll on for the full selection and check back in April for the next roundup.


Askia feat. J Milly "Allez Les Lions"

The World Cup is around the corner, and of course, artists are starting to release new material to support their teams. Young emcees Askia and Fluriboyz member J Milly joined forces for "Allez Les Lions," an anthem dedicated to national football team the Indomitable Lions. The video was directed by Buea-based director Mr Adrenaline.


X-Maleya "Mama" & "Hola Me"

Yaoundé's crowd-pleasing trio X-Maleya are gearing up for an upcoming show at Paris' mythical L'Olympia venue this September. But before that, they're still releasing new videos to promote their latest album. Last week, their label Empire Company unveiled two new music videos, "Hola" and the Pit Baccardi-featuring "Mama," which comes with a dedication to "all the mothers around the world."


Killa Mel feat. Dian O Mic "Mini Me"

If you didn't already know Douala-based rapper Killa Mel is a bad boy, the video for his latest single "Mini Mini" makes it explicit.


Sine feat. Meiway "Je Te Ya Mo"

Sine is on a roll. After his lovely collaboration with Cameroonian 80s/90s and onwards heavyweight Petit Pays, the Yaoundé-based R&B soul-man has teamed up with Ivory Coast's Meiway on "Je Te Ya Mo" (meaning "I love you"). Directed by William Nsai, the video sees the two crooners competing for the attention of the same woman. This latest TOUCHSOUND-produced single will make its way onto Sine's upcoming LP via STM Records. You can download "Je Te Ya Mo" for free over here.


Dareal "Françoise Foning"

His "Yaoundé Boss" remix of French rapper La Fouine's "Paname Boss" put him on the map, but Dareal has been rapping for a minute now. After releasing "C'est Quoi Ton Way" at the end of 2013, the Yaoundé MC revealed a new song titled "Françoise Foning" earlier in March. Who is Françoise Foning? She's one of Cameroon's most famous politicians and businesswomen.


Sadrak "Les Gars De Yaounde" (produced by Le Monstre)

Hard-hitting lyricist Sadrak is the most recent (and first Francophone) addition to Jovi‘s New Bell Music. On his first single at his new label home, Sadrak nods to his Yaoundé childhood with production coming from Le Monstre (aka Jovi’s producer pseudonym).


Bookerti "Serenade"

Former member of the SCR crew, Bookerti has been around since the early days of hip-hop in Cameroon. His latest single is a far cry far from the activism of his previous songs. Rapping about love, dating and relationships, the track may have caught some of his fans off guard. We'll have to wait for his upcoming projects to drop until we know for sure whether his creative direction has changed for good.


Ngoma "Afe Nkap"

Newcomer afro-rapper Ngoma, who unveiled the video for his debut single "Afe Nkap" ("money issues") back in February, hails from the North-West. His album Kamer O'bosso awaits a release. In the meantime you can download the lead single here and watch its Adah Akendji-directed video above.


Petit Champion feat. Rude Bway "Replay"

"Replay" is Petit Champion's comeback single after "C'est Rouler," released two years ago. He collaborated on this one with Da Thrill bandmember Rude Bway.


El Kana "Wisest Perika"

Bamenda-raised/Yaoundé-based rapper El Kana made his official debut in February with "Wisest Perika" ("the smartest little guy").


For more from Cameroon catch up on our list of 10 Cameroonian Urban Artists to Watch.

Photo by NurPhoto via Getty Images.

A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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