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Franko’s Massive Cameroonian Club Banger ‘Coller La Petite’

Cameroon's Franko shares the infectious club banger 'Coller La Petite,' which has been co-signed by soccer stars Didier Drogba and Alex Song.


Cameroonian artist Franko’s newest song “Coller La Petite”, is an unmistakable club banger. The uptempo track is gaining serious heat in the West African club scene thanks to its infectious hook and ceaseless beat. Co-signs from soccer stars Didier Drogba and Alex Song, haven't hurt the song’s reputation either.

“Coller La Petite” is a single made for the dance floor. The song’s music video only further proves this by following Franko as he gets hype in a packed night-club filled with dance crews and lively party-goers, all moving along to the track’s drum-filled rhythms.

Check out the music video for "Coller La Petite" below and purchase the single on iTunes. Also, peep the videos underneath to see Drogba dancing to the song in his locker room with a group of young players, and Song jamming out to it in his car. 

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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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