Music Reviews

But…wait….IS THAT NOT #HEINPERE by @StanleyEnow??

‘But Na Bad tin For Copy?’ That is what my roommate said when he heard @StanleyEnow’s song playing over the stereo. I should not judge. So I won’t. I’ll just give my…hum…opinion. Do you know Stanley “Bayangi Boy” Enow?  Cameroonian. Artiste. Musician. Won Best New Act at AMMA 2014 . Has a Wikipedia page ( really cool by the way). Has been proclaiming the Cameroonian music scene globally.

Screen Shot from Stanley Enow's wikipedia page.

Screen Shot from Stanley Enow’s Wikipedia page.

Oh…and the ladies  just can’t get enough of  him. I think. DISCLAIMER: This is in no way an attempt to dis the artiste mentioned within this post! I write no gossip column and I would not wish to attract fan hate. Also, the only award I have so far is my mother’s love( and I’m truly satisfied…for now…) plus I don’t think I will be able to sing. I tried and almost killed my neighbours. The doctor cautioned me to discontinue…for their own good. The Cameroonian music scene has experienced a massive change. The gridlock that seemed to exist has been solved and everyday on social media and the web new artistes pop( not unlike mushrooms :)) and the sheer talent is amazing.  There are numerous young men and women who work hard each day to express their talent and love for music. Stanley Enow, Gasha, Magasco, Ciana, BJ, FluriBoyz, Jovi….there is a music revolution. A #muvolution.( TM patent pending!!) Awards…music videos…fame…money…I don’t know what the urge to make music is (see explanation above) but what is clear is that music speaks to the soul. Everybody loves music. Music soothes, it solves, it can be timeless, it can be priceless and it can be motivational. Sometimes, when you begin your day, just the right tune could make it shine. Music is indispensable and good music is irreplaceable. That said, I must admit  I am a sucker for  opinions and by the end of this … ‘discovery’, you should draw your own conclusion. If you are a fan of Stanley Enow you might not want to read this. I repeat: do not read this if you like/love/adore Stanley Enow. This is for your own good. At least I tried. Now, for those who understand copyright and the other legally binding aspects of intellectual property, I would really love to understand how this works. Please do explain to me in the comments or send me an email (if you don’t want to be…involved. I understand). Because I have nothing to say(literally),I will be extremely brief. Remember Zangalewa Vs Shakira ?  Or how about Manu Dibango Vs The King Of Pop? This post by ace blogger Dibussi Tande will refresh your memory. What if I gave you: Chris Brown VS Stanley Enow? Just click on the Youtube links below and find out for yourself.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-lBqIP7KfU   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcc2dAkaOcY   I am still confused…so I’d be glad if you told me what to make of this. My friend asked me whether it was a bad thing to ‘copy’. Is this copying? If is it  not, then  what is this? If it is then what…so many questions…my so little brain.

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#Kankwe Volume 1 by @JoviLeMonstre – An amateur’s review

Let me get this out of the way first: I stand by my views -always.

That is why I have always been explicit about my stance on  Jovi’s music– I don’t like his language. He is crude and raw.

But here is the other truth: He is true to himself. He sings about his life and his society. He says what he believes in. He is proud of his music AND his roots.
I greatly respect that.
I have never given a review for a music album,let alone an EP, but #Kankwe Volume 1 by ace Cameroonian musician and record producer ;@JoviLeMonstre, deserves it.
I will (of course) give my opinion on each track. The album is free.

If this album was sold, it would definitely have been worth every CFA.

I downloaded and listened to the whole album on repeat the whole afternoon for some time.

Each song is 3mins on average  and there are four new tracks excluding the hit ‘B.A.S.T.A.R.D’ with his protégé, Reni$$. By track order, here they are:

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1. Fufu with Njap Ft. Andre-Marie Talla

The blend is incredible. I would have expected to get more of the great Andre-Marie’s voice but Jovi was all over the place with ‘Fufu Witi Njap’. When was the last time you saw the word ‘Fufu’ in a song title? IKR? Sweet!

“ Shidon di kongossa while my music di circulate…”
“Bip no be na call…”
From all indications, Jovi writes his songs from excruciating reflection. It is as though every sentence could seep into pop culture. The only thing left to do is to memorize the whole song. The rap beat…man…
Normally, only a real ‘Don For Kwat’ will understand the jargon. He speaks in the language he knows and understands- that is why the majority can relate with him.
2. Mboko
Mboko starts like a default fruity loops beat ( until the real deal hits 5secs later). He talks of himself, his origin and childhood. But also his worries:

Eto’o tu pars ou nor? You want say make who remain score?”
A plea…maybe? I suppose it is a national one. But I find this song much more…jovial. He is happy here. He is proud of…everything.

“I want chop me na nyamangoro!’.
“If Batibo Coco no be fine coco then why the thing di still sell?”– My best quote in this album.

Can you answer the question? It’s almost talking to me. Here is my angle: if you keep complaining about the government, then why is it still there? OR if you keep saying Jovi’s music is not good, why does everyone listen to/enjoy it?
I get a slight Kendrick Lamar feel here…what about you?

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3. Kamer Coke Ft. Daddy Black
This is a club banger. I was shaking all through (and …just so you know …I have been medically diagnosed as: unable to coordinate body movement effectively-meaning I can’t dance.)
The music video will be huge. The beat is awesome. Wicked moves with a proper director and full throttled crew will be memorable.
I think it is short though but then again, good things don’t last.

“I don’t know why they no want lef me….Go away if you came to tempt me…I dey this business na seeka Ngeme.”
Honesty seems to be his trademark. He is not scared of you and you know it.
But if you listen closely, you can also get the innuendo in the:
“ Give chop for massa…” segment.
Maybe it is real food…was I there when he wrote the song? I beg…wouna leave me…

“Check the price on the shopping list, you will find that true love is still expensive”.

4. BWAM!
If you know any other Cameroonian artiste who has this uncanny ability to utilize jargon effectively, PLEASE let me know. As at now, Jovi’s the King.
“I don’t know you, you don’t know me either…my name no fit remain for your mop …the truth is bitter”.
How smart is that!? See the pun?
I can’t help but picture the music video on Mount Fako. When I listen to the song I think of heights. I see wind, nature and a lot of hope
Resolve too. Like nothing can stop the D4K.
The song is…BWAM!

5. B.A.S.T.A.R.D Ft Reni$$:

bastard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8c3ifLePcQ
Everybody (except yours truly ) loved this song when Jovi released some months back. There are many takes on this: watch for yourself and gauge.
Jovi is good.
Make man no lie…I di jealous me yah….

 

P.S: I don’t understand half  the jargon used in his music. Someone should do an encyclopedia of Cameroonian jargon…seriously….but then again…I am not a true  D4k 🙂

Picture credits: http://www.newbellmusic.com.