Reniss’ Genre Fluidity in Tendon

Reniss’ musical range in Tendon spans diverse genres such as RnB, Bend Skin, Bikutsi, Makossa, folk music dancehall, afropop and gospel, a gumbo of sounds described by her label as Mboko Pop.

Imbolo Mbue: Cameroon’s literary gem and Africa’s first million-dollar novelist

   Who is Imbolo Mbue? What does it mean to write a million-dollar novel? Nkiacha Atemkeng explores these questions and reviews “Emke“, Imbolo Mbue’s first published story. When I first heard that a US-based writer from Cameroon, Imbolo Mbue, had…

Bakwa Magazine Short Story Competition

Cliquez ici pour lire la version en français UPDATE: the deadline has been extended to August 15 Bakwa magazine, the leading online literary and cultural magazine in English in Cameroon, which has been at the forefront of cross-cultural exchange, intends…

Balafon

Dzekashu MacViban   Hardly do debut singles posses the ambition that “Balafon” has. Indeed, from its catchy chorus and afropolitan theme, D.A. Sets the tone for what to expect. Nevertheless, D.A. isn’t the only one who is ambitious in the…

Mboko Leak and a New Era of Online Piracy in Cameroon

Music piracy has acquired an almost legal status in Cameroon, with burnt copies of albums on display in various markets countrywide. This has been going on for so long, such that many of those who buy aren’t aware that they…

December Rain by Elsa M’bala

“December Rain” highlights familiar, yet very important issues: displacement and homecoming. With an eye for detail and a keen sense of belonging (the kind of belonging that many citizens of the world have in common), Elsa’s story takes us from…

The Uncrowned Queen of Neo Soul in Cameroon

Christening hereself “Makedah” shortly before the release of her Peace, Love and Light LP in 2013, Cameroon’s neo soul queen seeks to walk on the steps of the Queen of Sheba, “…a strong feminine icon, who represents wisdom and the vision of a proud Africa which is independent and royal.”

Wall Street Journal Unveils the Face Behind Africa’s Most Anticipated Novel

Imbolo Mbue Photo: Kiriko Sano   Originally published on Brittle Paper Imbolo Mbue burst into the limelight late last year after signing a million dollar deal with Random House for her debut manuscript. The novel titled Behold the Dreamers follows…

Imbolo Mbue's "Million-Dollar" Novel: Behold the Dreamers

Originally published in Scribbles from the Den Dibussi Tande     Imbolo Mbue. (March 15, 2016). Behold the Dreamers: A Novel. New York: Random House, 384 pages. Formats: Ebook, Audio, Hardcover. Available on pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.…

Africa at Orient Music Festival 2015

  Comfort Mussa Tallinn— Estonia: The week long Orient Music festival in Tallinn, Estonia, this year witnessed the active participation of African artists from Zanzibar (Tanzania), Zimbabwe and a media team from Cameroon.   Peeter Vahi, the artistic director of…

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