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Anurin Nwunembom “the marriage between media and art in Cameroon has fallen from how it used to be in the 80s, 90s and even early 2000s”

May 9, 2022

  The issue of the stagnation of Cameroon’s music industry compared to Nigeria resurfaced in a post on Africulture. According to Mbiydzela Edwin Tatah who is the blog’s chief editor, the stagnation in the music industry is a product of hate and jealousy. He cited glorious peaks that Cameroonian music and artists have attained in the past before any Nigerian artist ever achieved.

the post read

”Manu Dibango performed at Madison square before any Nigerian artist ever did. Wes Madico performed his song, I Love Football at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. I doubt if a Nigerian artist have performed at a World cup. Alane by Wes madico gained an international certification before any Nigerian song. A cameroonian song Zangalewa was reproduced for a world cup ( south Africa 2010 ) before any Nigerian ever feature in a World cup song. Michael Jackson picked and remade a Cameroonian song by Many Dibango. That never happened to any Nigerian song. If you ask me why cameroon can’t create these records anymore, My answer will be “JEALOUSY AND USELESS HATE” #parapariparo by Stanley EnowCould gain a certification. But since he released the song, his colleagues have been behaving like they sat on a meeting not to support it.Follow 👇🏿👇🏿https://music.lnk.to/33a1KB

According to Cameroonian Filmmaker: Anurin Nwunembom, The above assessment failed to cite so many reasons for the inability of Cameroon music to reach the glories it reached back in the days.

He wrote

hate and jealousy? what analysis landed you on that conclusion ? has it occurred to you that music markets and sensibilities vary ? look at all those giants you listed above they do either world music, afro jazz, jazz, afro soul and other genres that are very rooted in cultures.even Richard Bona who has been global doing world tours yearly for a decade and some is in the circle of world music genres.i think your assessment falls short of a lot of elements.while there jealousy and envy (hate is a very hard word to use) on the one hand in some artists, there is pretense and frightful shallowness in others. but those are still not the reasons for the little world presence of Cameroon music.while there was government policy to support (even small) art and culture from the government, now it just talk and propaganda. the marriage between media and art in Cameroon has fallen from how it used to be in the 80s, 90s and even early 2000s. just so many reasons. so don’t hang hate and jealousy on an entire nation as a reason it is not reaching world appeal”’.