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Working towards change in Cameroon’s challenging music industry
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Arts, Culture and Sport Working towards change in Cameroon’s challenging music industry

Cameroon has produced some of Africa’s best-known musicians, from Manu Dibango to Richard Bona, Francis Bebey to Sam Fan Thomas. Today the country is bustling with fresh young talent which, influenced by global trends, are playing a mix of contemporary rhythms, from Soul to Rhythm and Blues, House to Jazz and Hip-hop. But the current crop of artists are having to do it all on their own with no professional organization, very few gigs and limited airplay on radio and TV.

The Uncrowned Queen of Neo Soul in Cameroon
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Lifestyle The Uncrowned Queen of Neo Soul in Cameroon

Born in Paris in the 80s, Danielle Eog Makedah discovered music by leafing through her father’s vinyl collection. Descriptions of royalty seem to have followed Danielle throughout much of her career; she was described by Culture Ebene as the princess of Cameroonian soul music, while Nexdim Empire, another Cameroonian entertainment website, proclaimed her the queen of Cameroonian neo soul about two years ago.