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HAS 2021 BEEN THE MOST PRODUCTIVE YEAR FOR CAMEROONIAN ARTISTES IN TERMS OF ALBUM AND EP RELEASES?

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This year has seen almost every urban artiste in Cameroon working on one project or another, and they have been delivering back to back, some even on a weekly basis that the fans are even confused about the project to listen to. Since the year started, a month has not gone by without the industry being blessed with the release of a new album or EP from a prominent artiste.
This is not only significant in the life of the artistes, but it is also very significant to the industry as it keeps it buzzing throughout, with more than enough content to feed on.
It seems as if every artiste now knows the importance of an album to their career, as it doesn’t only give them extra money (if well marketed), it also helps to build their portfolios and their catalogs. And there are certain international awards they might be aiming for that without an album, they may never be nominated.
Before the year started, we were all still enjoying the projects that were dropped at the last quarter of 2020, notably “Vybes Clinic” by Mic Monsta Official, “Satisfaction” by Martin NewSongz, “Am Cameroon EP” by Fhishofficial, and “Yaje Vol.2” by Jovi. The year started with Salatiel announcing the release of his Africa Represented Album which he released in February, and it was greatly received nationwide and beyond. Makossa highlife diva Charlotte Dipanda also released a stellar album in February, and since then, it’s been a series of album and EP releases all around the industry.
Some of the Albums, EPs, and Mixtapes that we’ve singled out include:
1) Africa Represented by Salatiel; Salatiel’s album has been one of the most talked-about albums this year. The album which featured more than 5 international artistes including Rutshelle Giyaum of Haiti is one of its kind and merited the hype et al, and also the status of the artiste.
Africa Represented by Salatiel
Africa Represented by Salatiel
2) CD by Charlotte Dipanda; The ever glaring makossa highlife diva came through with her powerful CD album, which features Congolese star Singuila in “Coeur en cage”. The album, which is her fifth studio album, is a masterpiece, and worthy of its salt.
CD by Charlotte Dipanda
CD by Charlotte Dipanda
3) For My Hand by Meshi; Meshi also came through with a 21 tracks album in May, and the album even though it didn’t get as much attention as it should have despite it being super-rich in content, still stands as one of those albums which have made the year a remarkable one. And it is also Meshi’s first studio album.
For My Hand by Meshi
For My Hand by Meshi
4) Young Vizu Anointed Mboko Supreme(YVAMS) by Jovi; in his normal ways of surprise releases, just a few days after he released a 5 track EP titled “Pressure”, the Mboko God Jovi released a 16 tracks Mixtape titled Young Vizu Anointed Mboko Supreme. This project, which adds to the artiste’s catalog, is one of the best Hip Hop compilations in the industry this year.
Young Vizu Anointed Mboko Supreme(YVAMS) by Jovi
Young Vizu Anointed Mboko Supreme(YVAMS) by Jovi
5) Urban Bantu by MiNk’s; Rapper Mink’s has had his own fair share of the Album and EP market of this year. His 15 track “Urban Bantu” album can not be left out when talking about albums of this year. Mink’s Urban Bantu is the state of mind with which every young African must evolve, embrace the world while remaining authentic, and proud of his culture and origins.
Urban Bantu by MiNk's
Urban Bantu by MiNk’s
6) Tere Mére by @Tenor; Being one of Cameroons’ most promising rappers, Tenor also came through with a 7 track EP titled “Tere Mére” which to some critics, he released the EP to compete with Mink’s after he released his Urban Bantu album. Mink’s has been Tenor’s rival now for a long time. In the EP, Tenor demonstrates his normal wittiness, and charisma which gets all his fans hypnotized.
Tere Mére by Tenor
Tere Mére by Tenor

 

7) Black Girl Magic by Rinyu; If we omitted this particular project from our article, then it would have been biased on our part and injustice to the artiste. Since day one when she made her entry into the urban music scene, she’s always had that magic that makes any listener instantly fall in love with her voice and her songs. She needed to solidify this magic, and there was no better way to do so than through the Black Girl Magic album. This masterpiece is that one album that shouldn’t be missing from your playlist.
Black Girl Magic by Rinyu
Black Girl Magic by Rinyu

 

8) Manawa by Ngoma; With his usual witty punches, rapper Ngoma also came through with a 7 track EP titled “Manawa”. The serial rapper after releasing the “Cam No Go” album last year has been on the low since the start of this year, until last week when he dropped the Manawa EP to mark his name in the release books. As usual, the EP is as classic as always, adding more colors to the artiste’s feathers.
Manawa EP artwork by Ngoma
Manawa EP artwork by Ngoma
9) Bebiisedi by Janéa; Artiste Janéa also came through with his 15 track album “Bebiisedi” which is his first-ever studio album. In this project, the artiste blends traditional Cameroonian sounds in his usual style with urban music. The culture-rich album featuring some of the best Makossa and Bikutsi artistes that we have left in the country is one of the best projects of the year from Cameroon.
Bebiisedi by Janéa
Bebiisedi by Janéa
10) Back To The Roots by X-Maleya; After a partial split of the X-Maleya group, the two remaining members embarked on the journey to record another classical album titled “Back To The Roots”, which they have added to the array of albums the country has recorded this year.
Back to roots album by X-Malaria
Back to roots album by X-Malaria
Other artistes who have released albums and EPs this year include; “12.20.01.21 EP” by Wax Dey, “Lion of Africa” by Mr. Leo – ArtistWinning” by Slym Harley amongst others, and there are still many projects on the way to be released before the year runs out. Stanley
Which of these projects are you listening to, or which one have we omitted?

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