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Top 10 Cameroonian Urban Artists to Watch

Okayafrica presents the Top 10 Cameroonian Urban Artists to Watch


From Manu Dibango to Richard Bona and Andy Allo, Cameroon has its fair share of international music stars. But like some other African nations, the country has struggled to export its more urban artists. Paradoxical? It might be, even more so with the increasing number of talented singers, rappers and performers on the ground. But things are slowly evolving. With the increasing exposure of technology, and the current success of "afrobeats" among other things, the landscape is changing. In the midst of an ever-present external influence from French, American and Nigerian acts, Cameroonian urban artists are shaping their own sounds. The following are ten Cameroonian urban artists (in no particular order) to watch out for this year. Click through for the full selection.

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Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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