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Cameroon By Night: The Best Music Videos To Hit Cameroon In April/May/June

Okayafrica runs down the best tracks and videos to hit Cameroon in April, May, and June in Cameroon music roundup series Cameroon By Night.


Welcome to the second installment of our Cameroon By Night series where Okayafrica contributor Paola Audrey runs down her choice of the best tracks and videos to hit Cameroon. Since last we left off, Top Cameroonian Artists to Watch Gasha, MTV MAMAs Rookie of the Year Stanley Enow, and Numerica all came through with new visuals. Scroll on for the full selection from April, May, and June.

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Magasco Feat. Duc-Z: "Fine Boy Remix"

A few months back Cameroon's EMPIRE Company label signed singer/songwriter Magasco. "Fine Boy" marks his first release under the label, and for the occasion, his labelmate Duc-Z joined him for a remix.

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Museba Feat. J-Martins: "African Mama"

After quite some time of silence, Cameroonian songstress Museba is making her way back to the music scene with a brand new video for her J. Martins-assisted single "African Mama."

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Prime Time Boyz: "Azonto Makossa"

Houston-based Cameroonian pop/rap band Prime Time Boyz have been making waves online with their latest dance song, "Azonto Makossa."

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Ayriq Akam: "Comme Koppo"

One of Cameroon's most respected emcees, Ayriq Akam is sticking to his style with this latest video shot in the streets of Yaoundé. "Comme Koppo" is a song about daily realities in Cameroon.

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Gasha Feat. Magasco: "Faya Di Burn"

Gasha (one of our Top 10 Cameroonian Artists to Watch) has released a beautifully minimal video to her collaboration with Magasco. Due to issues with her former label, the "Faya Di Burn" visuals were blocked from Youtube for more than a month. We're happy to see the video is available again, check it below.

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Stanley Enow: "Tumbuboss"

Award winner Stanley Enow keeps pushing. Prior to taking home "Best New Act" at the MTV Africa Music Awards, the “Hein Père" rapper unveiled the video for his second official single, "Tumbuboss," directed by Shamak.

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Djibril Angel Feat. King Kreol: "Je Suis Bolè"

Newcomer Djibril Angel is stepping into the scene in a major way with this Adah Akendji-directed video for his single "Je Suis Bolè."

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Tizeu: "Accroche-toi"

After a warm welcome for their previous single "Luv," indigenous rap group Tizeu maintains the formula with "Accroche-toi," a dancing jam with a traditional flavour that shows in the video.

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Awu: "If A Can, Can (FIFA World Cup, Brasil 2014 Theme Song)"

Cameroon has had its fair share of World Cup theme songs, but here's one from Awu (of "positive hip-hop" band Colby & Awu).

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Teety Tezano Feat. Danielle Makedah: "Hold On Sister"

R&B singer Teety Tezano teamed up with soul diva Danielle Makedah for a groovy new single titled "Hold On Sister."

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Numerica: "Wallaye Billaye"

Yaoundé "super entertainer" Numerica (another one of our Top Cameroonian Artists to Watch) released a love song back in February, titled "Wallaye Billaye." Take a look at the NS Pictures-directed video for the single below.

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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