CFI Faults Draft Law on Cultural and Artistic Association in Cameroon
July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Boris Esono Nwenfor
The Cameroon Film Industry (CFI), a platform of film stakeholders in Cameroon with representatives from the producers, directors, actors, technicians, and writers’ guilds have called for a revision of the draft law on cultural and artistic associations tabled before parliament on June 29, 2020.
The members amongst other things made it categorically clear that the draft law greatly ignores the bicultural nature of Cameroon enshrined in the preamble of our constitution. To them it is reflected in the fact that the law does not take into consideration the organizational differences that exists in the two cultural systems of Cameroon.
“The law is unconstitutional because it raises a lot of conflict with other laws, Takum Fred Che, Financial Secretary of CFI said. “You cannot take a situation where the 1990 Laws that have guaranteed that Associations can be created at the grassroot level bringing it to the people. But this draft is centralizing the whole thing back to the Minister of culture.”
He added: “You have to procedurally suffer and even have to do a lot of documentation to make sure your application move from the sub divisional level to divisional, regional, and national level. It makes the Minister the only person to accredit and authorize the existence of federation. This totally goes against the 1990 liberal laws.”
The members further indicated that the law makes room for just a single federation totally taking away the freedom to form one which makes the draft unconstitutional. “The law is also practically difficult to apply because finally it is unclear if associations shall be under the management and control of MINAC or MINAT, thus creating a fertile ground for conflict of functions, responsibilities, and powers,” a concept note from CFI noted.
CFI which is a major stakeholder in the film sector of the country according to officials were and are being ignored and sidelined in the drafting of the law. The law to the officials does not have what it takes to harness, nurture and maximize their potentials.
CFI added: “The September 22, 1979, law which is used as base is misrepresented in the present law because whereas the 1979 law was intelligent enough to know that cultural groups and artistic groups cannot be governed under the same law, this one erroneously thinks they are the same. While the 1979 law uses the terms, “company,” “union,” and “guilds” to distinguish the appellations used depending on the area of competence, this drafts attempts to use them as hierarchical structures that are directly related and dependent.”
Proposing solution to the draft law on cultural and artistic Associations in Cameroon, the members of CFI said a clear distinction between cultural groups and artistic groups had to be made, with specific laws elaborated for each to ensure their smooth functioning.
“Artistic groups should be governed by internationally established rules that respect and know guilds as agglomerations of common interest,” CFI said. “A confederation of federations representing our bicultural nature should be established in the artistic groups with equal representation.”
The draft bill has however been adopted leading CFI, and other stakeholders involve grappling with the fallout of the “bad” bill as stated by some officials.
The bill according to the Minster of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji is one that is going to make the industry more profit and make it closer to their minister than how it was before.
Awards winning DJ People’s Choice Release Debut Single ‘Kumpo’
July 5, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
Awards winning Italian based Gambian prominent DJ People’s Choice, cum artiste has released his debut song called ‘Kumpo’ available in all digital platforms.
It is recorded at Atomizer Records available in YouTube and Spotify. Kumpo is a Senegambia cultural traditional masquerade blend with African cultural and historical backgrounds in Mandinka language with house music making waves international.
He is been the first person to blend house music and Afro-House in a African grand style which is well-known and accepted across the globe in live music scene.
DJ People’s Choice said he is currently on another song in the studio entitled ‘Manneh’ aim at blend the African tradition with house music.
“I am determined to sells our African culture to West to know that our culture is beautiful so that it can be an inter cultural exchange, dialogue and diversity across the globe,” he added.
He has colloborated with Gambia’s finest artiste ENC, in a song and Joe Nevix, a vateran music producer making waves across the globe.
Open for colloboration
The young determined DJ cum artiste calls on all artistes, Djs and promoters to come on board and work for the betterment of the industry across the globe.
He called on all Gambians and non to come and work with him.
Below the link of song:https://youtu.be/DL2TezW1soA
SyncFloor Partners with Mavin Records, Launches Afropop-centric SyncSite
June 30, 2020 | 0 Comments
SyncFloor, the commercial music marketplace, is announcing its partnership with Mavin Records, bringing the label’s catalog to more potential sync buyers via syncfloor.com and its newly launched Mavin Records SyncSite. SyncFloor’s SyncSites allow its rights holder partners to surface a sync-oriented website that presents thematic, customized blocks of tracks and allows potential users to search for and find tracks from within the partner’s one-stop catalog, using natural language and cultural references.
“Afropop is golden, and Mavin Records is a powerhouse of African talent,” explains SyncFloor CEO Kirt Debique. “We are honored to get their beautiful music in front of production professionals worldwide.”
SyncFloor recently launched its commercial marketplace, along with a sister site SongsForPodcasters. Mavin’s one-stop catalog will also be featured in the podcast focused marketplace, making their infectious sounds and rhythmic vibrations accessible to the growing podcast phenomenon.
“SyncFloor’s groundbreaking service promises immense access, making them fitting partners to expand our dealings in commercial music licensing,” says Oghenejobo P. Tega, Chief Operating Officer, Mavin Records, “Over time, Afrobeats, and African culture, in general, have converted audiences across the globe with massive moments. We’re glad to offer our vast catalogue to brands and platforms looking to tell global stories in film and digital content.”
SyncFloor is a revolutionary new marketplace designed to unleash the full potential of music in commerce. We are revolutionizing music licensing, from music discovery through license clearance, for advertisements, film, TV, video games, and more.
SongsForPodcasters is a marketplace of commercial music to be used in podcasts of all types. Built on the SyncFloor platform, SongsForPodcasters simplifies the discovery and licensing of music for podcast creators and producers through customized discovery, pricing, and licensing workflows.
About Mavin Records
Mavin Records was founded in 2012 by legendary Afrobeats producer, Don Jazzy, and produced some of the definitive music and artists such as Wande Cole, Tiwa Savage, and Reekado Banks. Currently, its roster spans a variety of genres with artists including Korede Bello, Johnny Drille, Di’ja, D’Prince, Dr. SID, LadiPoe, DNA, Rema, Crayon and DJ Big N. Today, Mavin is a community of amazing people dedicated to creativity, innovation and breaking new frontiers.
German based worship leader Celebrate God’s faithfulness with ‘Miracle God’
June 28, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
German-based Sierra-Leone Praise/worship leader Cyrus Richard Togba, popularly known as Cyrus Richie has released his anticipated new single “Miracle God,” along with an accompanying lyric video.
Celebrating God’s faithfulness, Cyrus Richie taps into his African root for this groovy mid-tempo with Afropop/Highlife influences, creating the mood for a light dance. The soul-lifting track features Stella, a Nigerian gospel singer, and vocalist based in Germany.
According to Cyrus, ‘Miracle God’ is a song of prayer and testimony of God’s steadfast love in his life over the years. He also added that it is an encouragement to someone to keep their faith and hope in God.
“This song was conceived a few years ago during a trying time in my life. Right from moving into the country newly, to living in a store-house for months, coupled with other challenges, God’s faithfulness remained consistent and steadfast,” said Richie
“God reminded me of how faithful He’s been through the years, with a re-assurance that if He did it before, He will do it again” He Adds “I trusted Him and everything changed.”
‘Miracle God’ is also Cyrus’ special gift to everyone as he commemorates his birthday on (June 28). It’s his second effort this year following “Bow and Worship,” a worship ballad featuring Kalusian which dropped in January.
Cyrus Richie has hinted at working on a new music video due in later this year and announced his debut album coming in 2021.
Produced by Tope Ajayi. “Miracle God” is available to stream and download on all digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Boomplay!
Below you listen to the song via YouTube:https://youtu.be/GkDMC7xEm-0
Gambia:ENC Urges Gov’t to open Clubs, Concert Halls
June 13, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
ENC, one of the Gambia’s finest dancehall artiste has frown at government decision for not allowing clubs and concert halls to operate during easing the lock down of covid-19 pandemic.
Gambia government has easing the lock down by opening the markets and worship places were allowed to resume last week as normalcy returns in bits before President Barrow extended the state of public emergency to 21 more days last week, which many argued that it is unconditional.
ENC, also a club deejay has strongly urged the government to open night clubs be reopened after the recent easing of lock down over the coronavirus.
He believed that that sector too needs to be allowed to operate as many are depending on it for their daily bread.
“If we can go to overcrowded places like markets, local ceremonies, now mosques and churches…what sense does it make if clubs are still on lock? Open our damn clubs and concert halls we matter too and best believe we are essential! Stop sleeping on us,” he said.
However many African countries have given a relief package to their arts and culture sector during the global pandemic, but Gambia arts and culture remains broken during the difficult times with no signs of recovering from the economic losses.
British-Gambian Rap Star Pa Salieu unveils ‘Bang Out’ music video
June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
Becoming one of the hottest names in the UK, PA Salieu presents two new singles, “Betty” and “Bang Out”.
Aged 22, young British-Gambian rapper PA Salieu made a name for himself in January 2020 with his track “Frontline” which went viral via the YouTube channel Mixtape Madness.
The track is set to become the anthem of the poorest suburb of Coventry, Birmingham, where the rapper comes from.
After working with several well-known artists such as SL, AMbush and the talented Yussef Dayes, Pa Salieu shares “Betty” and “Bang Out” with its visuals. The two tracks underline his unique style, blending his Gambian roots with the British rap scene.
To go further in Pa Salieu’s universe, listen to his tribute playlist to his African heritage he made for the Black History Month, featuring greats musicians like Amadou & Mariam, Habib Koité, Ismaël Lô or Youssou N’Dour.
Gambia:Deejay Limbo Unveils new song ‘Tobal’
May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
Deejay Limbo, Austria based Gambian multiple Award winning artiste has released a new song called “TOBAL”
Recorded at LMG Studios by Dj Sap and is available in all digital platforms includes ITunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer ,Tik Tok and Amazon.
TOBAL is a wollof word that simply means Ball Juggling. The Song talks about how some ladies are selective about what their partners gets for them. Tobal is a beautiful song that connects Afrobeats to Wollof melodies.
Below you can listen or download the via the link..
About: DeeJay Limbo
Deejay Limbo is a dancehall/ reggae artist and songwriter. Born in a small town, Latrikunda-German in a West African country called the Gambia. He has since relocated to Austria where he has been on the music scene since 2011 and has made a name for himself.
Limbo has collaborated with many dancehall/ reggae artists’ such as Jamaican born Jah Vinci and Ghana’s very own Stone Bwoy, and Gambia’s finest Reggae star Rebellion D RECALLER. Limbo once had the opportunity to be signed to G-Note Records, a record label in the United Kingdom, but due to circumstances things didn’t play out the way he envisioned, but he still did not give up.
He had the opportunity to work with some great producers like Hakim from Sunland Music and a former member of ‘The Boys’ group, Jugglerz Records producing hits like ´Smilling Coast´ and Stefario Brown producing hits like ´Mi Gyals Dem Badd and Overdose.
In July 2019, Deejay Limbo Dropped his Biggest Song so Far “Dohi Bandi”, The Song Happened to be the Most Viral internationally by a Gambian Artiste in 2019.
The Video to Song Was Aired on the Prestigious TRACE TV in the AFRIKORA Playlist making him among the First Gambian Artistes to Appear on that Platform. The Video was in the Top 30 Videos for weeks.
Dohi Bandi created the Avenue for Deejay Limbo to embark on his very first European tour and selling out venues in the cities of Stuttgart and Bologna.
In November 2019, he released he Debut EP called “Le Début” which was launched in a grand sold out event at Club Spielplatz in his City of Residence Linz.
Deejay Limbo Made it to the OPEN MIC FESTIVAL’S 2019. Open Mic Festival is the Gambia’s Leading and Biggest Event.
He thereafter won the Wa Sa Halat music awards Gambia Foreign Based Artist Of The Year Award for 2019
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF DEF JAM AFRICA
May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments
New label group dedicated to supporting the best in African hip-hop talent and culture across the continent
Label launch roster includes some of Africa’s most influential artists and MC’s including: Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Larry Gaaga, Boity, Nadia Nakai, Tellaman, Tshego, Ricky Tyler & Vector
SANTA MONICA / JOHANNESBURG / LAGOS, May 26, 2020– Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced the launch of Def Jam Africa, a new label division within the continent dedicated to representing the best hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap talent in Africa. Def Jam Africa will follow the blueprint of the iconic Def Jam Recordings label, which has led and influenced the cutting-edge in hip-hop and urban culture for more than 35 years.
The label will initially be based in Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria, but will identify and sign artist talent from across the entire continent. It will be supported by dedicated A&R, marketing, creative and digital teams from the UMG teams in both Nigeria and South Africa and will report to Sipho Dlamini, MD, Universal Music Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa.
The label launches with a flagship roster, that includes some of the most influential, successful and followed African talent including: Boity (South Africa), Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Larry Gaaga (Nigeria) Nadia Nakai (South Africa), Nasty C (South Africa), Tshego (South Africa), Tellaman (South Africa), Ricky Tyler (South Africa) and Vector (Nigeria).
In making the announcement, Sipho Dlamini said, “Many of us in Africa grew up on music from legendary labels under the UMG umbrella. From Blue Note for jazz fans, to Mercury Records, which was Hugh Masekela’s first US label and Uptown Records, the home of Jodeci and Mary J Blige and many more. For those into hip-hop, no label has such cultural and historic relevance as Def Jam. From Run DMC, to LL Cool J, Disturbing tha Peace, Jay-Z, Big Sean and Kanye West, Def Jam has always been the ultimate destination for hip-hop and urban culture worldwide. It is a historic achievement that we’re now able to bring this iconic label to Africa, to create an authentic and trusted home for those who aspire to be the best in hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap. Together, we will build a new community of artists, that will push the boundaries of hip-hop from Africa, to reach new audiences globally.
Jeff Harleston, interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings said, “Def Jam is a globally recognized brand, synonymous with excellence in hip-hop, and we enthusiastically welcome the launch of Def Jam Africa as an opportunity for audiences worldwide to discover the incredibly talented hip-hop artists emerging from across the continent.”
Adam Granite, EVP, Market Development said, “Def Jam has always been a respected mark of hip-hop quality, and the calibre of artists already on the roster, shows that this is a label, truly dedicated to helping the very best rap talent from Africa, reach new audiences on a global level.”
Earlier this year it was announced that South African rapper Nasty C will release his forthcoming album Zulu Man with Some Power in partnership with Def Jam Recordings in the U.S., during Summer, 2020. Other forthcoming releases on Def Jam Africa include singles from: Ricky Tyler, Boity, Nasty C, Tellaman feat. Alpha P, Vector, Cassper Nyovest and Tshego.
About Def Jam Recordings
Founded in 1984, Def Jam Recordings has represented the cutting-edge in hip-hop music for more than 35 years. Def Jam began as a maverick independent label inspired by downtown New York City’s vibrant street culture and the emerging sound of hip-hop, pioneered by iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the following two decades, Def Jam established its dominance with superstar acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and the inimitable Kanye West. Now in its fourth decade, Def Jam’s music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand – synonymous with creativity, quality and authenticity – encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars like West, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Logic, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Vince Staples, Jeremih, Big Sean, YG, 2 Chainz, Dave East, and Jhene Aiko, among others. Today, Def Jam has reaffirmed its passion for and commitment to hip-hop culture, and has expanded its global brand reach to become the most-followed major label on all major social media platforms.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. Find out more at: http://www.universalmusic.com.
Def Jam Africa artists on social media
Cassper Nyovest https://www.instagram.com/casspernyovest/?hl=en
Nadia Nakai https://www.instagram.com/nadianakai/?hl=en
Larry Gaaga https://www.instagram.com/larrygaaga/?hl=en
Ricky Tyler https://www.instagram.com/rickytylershow/?hl=en
Blick Bassy, Bassekou Kouyaté win Songlines Music Awards
May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
Cameroonian musician Blick Bassy and Mali’s Bassekou Kouyaté have been named among the winners of the 2020 Songlines Music Awards – picking up the Africa and Best Artist awards, respectively.
Bassy was nominated for his acclaimed 2019 album 1958 alongside Souad Massi (Algeria), KOKOKO! (DRC) and Tinariwen (Mali).
The 1958 album first premiered in November 2018 at the Africolor world music festival in France.
“Blick Bassy offers a luminous album of songs evoking his country’s recent history and its courageous fight for independence,” Songlines Magazine said. “Tenderness and sorrow dominate the album, which has no drums or percussion. Instead, the pulsating Cameroonian rhythms of assiko, bolobo and hongo are played on guitar and banjo, cello, trombone, trumpet and keyboards. The result is a powerful statement that sheds light on a skeleton in the closet of French colonial history that has long been covered up.”
Kouyaté, who is nicknamed the ‘Jimi Hendrix’ of the ngoni instrument, was nominated for his 2019 Miri album. His nomination was alongside Aziza Brahim (Algeria), Asmâa Hamzaoui ( Morocco) and Dudu Tassa (Iraq).
“Innovator and proud upholder of tradition at the same time, over five albums in a dozen years with his band Ngoni ba, he has smartly crafted his music to appeal to both African and Western audiences without compromising the integrity of his roots,” Songlines said.
Other winners of the 2020 Songlines Music Awards include Leyla McCall (America category), Jambinai (Asia category), Kefaya and Elaha Soroor (Fusion category) and Cimarrón (Best Group category).
The Songlines Music Awards, which are now in their 12th year, were originally organised in response to the BBC’s decision to end the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music.
Curbing Covid-19: Gambians Artists Raising Funds For Needy
May 4, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
In an effort to curb the spread spread of Coronavirus Pandemic in the Gambia Hardcore Production and Gambia Music Art Entertainment have team up in organizing a online fundraising campaign to help the needy Gambians.
The Gambia is currently having seventeen coronavirus cases, eight recovered and one death recorded, this prompted the government to declared a state of public emergency which has affected the economy activities especially poor people who are living from hand to mouth.
The ‘Give Back’ is a collective featuring various Gambian artistes includes Dr. Olugander, Sophia, Limbo, Ras Pyton, Ras Askia, A2, Mad Dot, Bobo Dimo, Fafadi, An2 and The Bro. The proceeds from the album will be donated to less privileges in Gambia during this difficult situation.
The Album is released, but for the meantime you can help donate in here and we will send you the album via email.
Ras Askia, executive producer of the collective Give Back album explained that the idea of releasing an album as a contribution to the Gambian public to release it and sell it online on all digital media platforms and all the money generated will be used to help people who really need help especially the ones that find it difficult to make ends meet
“… and if it gets successful then we can go for a charity show and maybe set up a foundation for it. That’s the plan for now and when I told Gam Music Art he got very interested and set up the page and designs etc but he’s the only party involved but I would like to bring more people into it and maybe they can add ideas to it and we make it bigger, ” Vienna based Gambian singer cum producer added.
Below you click here and donate https://www.gofundme.com/f/n8jwh-give-back?teamInvite=lwOnbICKgGFwOF9GjKRA1JZdSBlmgWEXRES7oia6mWtZ2UHSiLDfsgSbdaLw2G4t
Stonebwoy Releases ‘Anloga Junction’ Album With Four Million Hits in 24 Hours
April 26, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
Stonebwoy, Multiple awards winning Ghanaian dancehall singer has released a 15-tracks album titled Anloga Junction hits over four million streams on Audiomack less than 24 hours after it released.
The album is available on all major music streaming services. It features such top artists as Keri Hilson (US), Nasty C (South Africa), Diamond Platinumz, Alicai Harley (Jamaica), Jahmiel (Jamaica), Zlatan (Nigeria), Kojo Antwi (Ghana), Chivv (Netherlands) and Spanker (Netherlands).
The BET Award winner released three singles off the album ahead of its release, namely ‘African Party’, ‘Understand’ featuring Alicai Harley, and ‘Good Morning’ featuring Chivv & Spanker.
‘Bow Down’ featuring Nasty C is the lead single for the South African market. The song is not Stonebwoy’s first collaboration with a South African artist. He has worked with Cassper Nyovest and AKA on ‘Fever’ and the ‘All Eyes on Me’ remix, respectively.
Stonebwoy, told Pan African Visions that: “The inspiration behind the song is derived from a lit fun-filled scene, with lots of good things to celebrate,”
He added that “Nasty C has a crazy style, very diverse and he has a lot of great energy.”
He explained that: “We have eight other great musicians featured on the album … The album is a combination of experiences and inspirations of my life from Africa and my roots to the world. This is the junction I am currently at.”
The album top number one on Apple Music world music album and 27 worldwide on ITunes. It also have three videos on Apple Music top five trending videos.
‘Music As A Messenger for Democracy’- Album Talks About Critical Issues Affecting Africa’s Growth
April 17, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Bakary Ceesay
Yiaga Africa and the African Movement for Democracy, with the support of the World Movement for Democracy, have released an album called “Music as a Messenger of Democracy” that uses music to inspire youth to become civically active.
This pan African effort, including musicians from Senegal, Mali, The Gambia, Togo, Nigeria, and Benin, covers themes like good governance, corruption, and peace.
This is a platform for civic-minded musicians in West Africa to collaborate with each other and with civil society activists and explore how music can be better integrated in strategies of democracy movements in West Africa.
Keur Gui Crew-Thiat and Kilifeu (Senegal) Moonaya (Senegal/Benin) Awa Bling (The Gambia) Killa Ace (The Gambia) Ami Yerewolo (Mali) Master Soumy (Mali) Cill Soul (Nigeria) Elom20ce (Togo).
Soulful and empowering, Music As A Messenger Of Democracy is a Pan-African collaboration that features nine African artistes-Thiat and Killifeu of Keurgui from Senegal, Moonya from Senegal and Benin, Ami Yerewolo and Master Soumy from Mali, Awa Bling and Killa Ace from The Gambia, Cillsoul from Nigeria, and Elom 20ce from Togo.
Executively produced by YIAGA AFRICA, the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) and the African Movement of Democracy (AMD), the four-track EP awakens the conscience and serves as a reminder that Africans deserve democracy and freedom and rights-but also that we must fight to gain and protect them.
The track, “Corruption” highlights governments marred by corruption, where citizens are left poor and vulnerable, while crooked politicians and their cronies line their pockets by looting public funds and resources.
“Good Governance” reflects an Africa where too often justice is opaque, public funds are stolen or misspent, and nepotism and clannism reign.
The Album, mixed and produced by Waliyaane studio in Senegal, concludes with “Democracy” and “Get Involved”, which captures the importance of mobilising, and standing together to demand justice, equality, security, and transparency.
While “Democracy” reflects the experiences and perspective of youths in an Africa where too often, greed, absolute power and corruption are the talk of the day.
Music As A Messenger Of Democracy is written in four languages-English, French, Wolof and Bambara-and inspires people to use their voices, to get involved and engaged in making Africa great.