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Cameroon By Night: The Best Music Videos To Hit Cameroon In July/August/September

Okayafrica runs down the best music videos to hit Cameroon in July/August/September 2014 in "Cameroon By Night."


Michael Kiessou

Welcome to the third 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 over the past three months. Catch up on the March/February and April/May/June installments and scroll on for the full selection from July, August and September. For more from Cameroon read Okayafrica's Top 10 Cameroonian Artists to Watch.

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Magasco, "Marry Me"

North West Cameroonian "Bamenda Boi" Magasco took everyone by surprise in August with the release of his latest single and video, the sweet afropop ballad "Marry Me."

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Deejae Vybz feat. Fluri Boyz, "Wadjo"

After making a name for themselves in the anglophone part of the country, afropop duo Fluri Boyz and their producer Deejae Vybz are targeting the whole of Cameroon with their bilingual single "Wadjo," sung in both French and English.

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X-Maleya, "Tomber"

Cameroon's leading boy band X-Maleya made history in September when they performed for the first time at France's prestigious L'Olympia. The show signaled their international ambitions and followed the release of their latest music video "Tomber," directed by Shamak.

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Tilla, "Fire Burn Dem"

Cameroon's "hip-hop queen" Tilla presented her latest video last month for "Fire Burn Dem," off her EP The Godmother.

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Michael Kiessou, "Tourner Les Reins"

TV host-turned-singer Michael Kiessou keeps going strong with his Bamileke-inspired Afropop sound. Back in July he dropped the video for "Tourner Les Reins," directed by NS Pictures.

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Daphne, "Rastafari"

Joining Steven's Entertainment recently, Daphne received a warm welcome from both the audience and media when she released the video for her dancehall-tinged first single "Rastafari."

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C'Prime, "Tongoh"

Calling himself the "Afro Trap" prince, Yaoundé MC C'Prime dropped his first official video for the club track "Tongoh." The video was directed by Adah Akenji.

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Pol'Anhry, "Tu Dors Ta Vie Dort"

After a massive online campaign ahead of his release, newcomer Pol'Anhry Jenea released the visuals for his debut single "Tu Dors Ta Vie Dort," directed by Shamak.

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Mani Bella, "Face à Face"

Mani Bella is arguably one of Cameroon's most popular female artist at the moment. In late August she released the video for "Face à Face," the follow-up to her previous single "Pala Pala," which may perhaps go down as Cameroon's song of the year.

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Duc-Z, "Lock Chou"

R&B veteran Duc-Z finally made his official return this year with the release of the video for "Lock Chou," directed by NS Pictures.

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Ciana, "Ozeile Nchiengo"

No Hitz No Recordz' ferocious dancer/MC Ciana began her takeover of the Cameroonian rap game in August with the release of he debut video, "Ozeile Nchiengo."

>>>Read More About CIANA's "Ozeile Nchiengo" Video

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LG2H, "Les Ways De L'Heure"

Douala newcomers LG2H released their quite humorous Takalah-directed video "Les Ways De L'Heure" in June.

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Jovi, "CA$H"

“CA$H” is an eclectic fusion between Bikutsi and hip-hop that showcased New Bell Music's pidgin champion/founder/producer Jovi as an emcee with music sensibilities rooted in Cameroon. Directed by Ndukong (also known as February 16th), the video splices shots from a “CA$H” dance video contest.

>>>Read More On Jovi's "CA$H" Video

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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