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Check out Cameroonian Crooner Vagabon’s New Ode to Female Power

The singer dropped a video for new single "Every Woman" today, shot by fellow Cameroonian director Lino Asana.

Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter Laetitia Tamko, better known as her stage name Vagabon, has been spoiling us with delights as of late. First, the crooner teased us with two singles, "Flood" and "Water Me Down" from her forthcoming sophomore album, Vagabon, a work she wrote and produced herself. And today, she surprised us with a new single and video for "Every Woman"—a track Tamko claims is the "thesis of the album," as per a press statement reported by The Fader magazine


"Every Woman" takes its inspiration from a Nayyirah Waheed poem which reads "all the women. in me. are tired." Tamko plays with it and sings instead "All the women I meet are tired" and other slight variations over a simple and lilting, lullaby like strumming guitar—the absence of percussion making her words and her voice that much more prescient of the female power she is singing about. It's the kind of track that, if you were at a cafe on a Sunday morning, would make you look out the window appreciatively in a way looks deep, reflective. Tamko says the track is "an ode to all those who feel different and who actively search and fight for space."

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The video, shot by fellow Cameroonian Lino Asana, is features Tamko in a simple setting going about her day and playing music in and around a bubble—a sort of bastion of peace, her fort in the wilderness. It evokes Tamko's childhood in Cameroon and what she says was a way of living "simply and humbly"—a feeling she doesn't think could have been as well captured with a director that did not share her country. Vagabon's upcoming self-titled album is due out this Friday, be on the lookout for it and catch her on her upcoming North America tour.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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