Eko Roosevelt is one with a unique ear. He hears the sound of music everywhere.
The sound of music in nature, like in these majestic water falls in Lobe village, in the ocean division, where the musician reigns as traditional ruler. He desccribes the sound of the water falls as musical.
Everybody can uderstand music he says, harmony is a universal sound.
“Some people can speak English, French, Bassa, Bakweri, Ewondo or Bakoko. These are different languages, but when they put it in music, everybdy can understand.” Eko Roosevelt
Music is a form of art, an expression of emotions, through harmonic frequences. It brings people together, creating a bond that can not be explained.
Stanley Enow aka Bayangi Boy, can tell you a thing or two about the bonding that music brings. The rapper, producer, and Mtv award-winnner is highly sought-after and loved by his fans.
“I’m blessed to have so many generations loving what i do. There are a lot of old people who might not listen to me everyday, but identify with me.” Stanley Enow
Nde Ndifonka, popularly known as Wax Dey, is a social activist, entrepreneur, singer, song writer, award winner,and record label owner. He describes music as a calling.
“Music is a spiritual thing. For people to express themselves, they must be at ease with what they’re doing, and they almost need to be one with that mission.” Wax Dey
Tzy panchack, is a recording artist, crooner, performer and Afro-pop sensation. He knows only too well, the impact of the absencce of peace. The economic capital city of Douala is his temporal base. A place he has relocated to, in the past few months.
“I used to live in Buea, my family is in Buea, I’ve not seen my family for two years.” Tzy Panchak
These Cameroonian artists believe in the power of music in promoting peace.
Music goes beyond just being a shared pleasure. Studies have shown that music can create a sense of identity, a sense of unity.
“We’re a people who have forever been together. We’re just one people. That’s how we grew up. You know there are families that have members who were born in Douala, and got married in Buea…The only thing i can wish for, is for a peaceful solution. We should’nt only put our souls into our songs, but use the languaage of love, peace and togetherness. To make sure that everybody, be they in Nguelemendouka, Muyuka, Mamfe, Ekondo Titi, Yaounde, that they just feel alright. We just want to bring everybody together.” Stanley Enow, Musician
“We need peace in our country. No peace, no evolution” Beko Sadey, Musician
“All Cameroonians have to be proud to be Cameroonian” Eko Roosevelt, Musician
“It’s never too late to make it right. We can’t continue to live like this. I want to go home to see my parents. I want to go home and feel love. I don’t want to be in my house and feel scared. Let’s make it right.” Tzy Panchak, Musician
“Let’s try to learn how to acccept people. I must not be your tribe for you to give me a job. You must not be my tribe for me to give you something. If i see that it’s something you can do, I’m gonna give it to you. Let’s learn how to love one another? no matter who you are. If we learn how to love one another, promote peace, encouragement and success stories, then we’re going to be happy.” Dr Nkeng Stephens, Music Video Director
“My last single was with Locko and Mr Leo. Locko is from Yaounde. Mr Leo and I are from Bamenda, but you always seee this joint force coming to say, this is who we are. When we sing, we are not singing in English or French. We’re singing in English and French together. That’s what makes us unique as musicians. The fact that we are an embidimet of the Cameroonian culture. We just understand music for what it is, and I think that is the most syymbolic thing about music, and using music as a tool for anything. Music is like an amoeba, which can form itself into any purpose that you want it to. Wax Dey, Musician
Art has the power to transform. Musicians are well aware of the gift that lies in their voices, talents, and instruments.
Music has a history of being used to champion causes.The charity single “We Are The World”, was recorded in 1985 to help collect money and food for the over a million victims of a famine ina Ethiopia. Music has been used to draw attention to diseases such as HIV and Malaria, human rights, the plight of the girl child. You name it, music has done it.
Cameroonian rapper, Stanley Enow, released “Soldier Like Ma Papa” in 2015, to pay tribute to his father, an ex-soldier, and to trooops fightinng Boko Haram, in the Far North region of Cameroon.
In 2016, Tzy Panchak, released Eseka, a soul-touching tribute to victims of the Eseka train crash
Harmony and unity are principles of music.Different notes in music blend, to strike a perfect chord. Separately, each note is different, but when strung together with care, they make beautiful music, and harmony is created. Musicians believe humans can actually draw lessons frrom the way music is put together.
From time immemorial, music has been used to effect change, or affect emotions. Biblical history tells us that trumpets and shouts of praise were used to bring down the walls of Jericho. Music used during exercise can help boost performance. it can be used to galvanize troops. but music, is also soothing, a therapy, for healing.
Emotion is what many feel, when anthems, are sung. A glowing example, was at the 2014 X-Maleya concert at the Olympia inn Paris, where the emotion was palpable, as fans sang the anthem!
“Symphony of Unity” – Reporter Moity UWAIFO AKONJANG Photos/Videos : Pinaud Parfait MEYEBE Editing : Ulrie BITA Multimedia : Abdoulaye Mougnol Coordination : Josephine NDAGNOU, Dorothy SUH NDIKUM© CRTV 2019
“L’unité nationale en Sol majeur 1” – Reporter Serges POUTH Photos/Videos : Pinaud Parfait MEYEBE Editing : Ulrie BITA Multimedia : Abdoulaye Mougnol , Landry LEUNKEU, MAKON Coordination : Josephine NDAGNOU, Elvire KABA, Mireille BISSECK
Supervision : Dorothy SUH NDIKUM© CRTV 2019