From: Estelle Ahanda –
Johannesburg, South Africa – Cameroonian singer and activist, Wax Dey has officially released a new single, ‘Makossa’, to highlight the influence of this underrated genre in today’s international pop culture, and to call attention to the rise of a new breed of Cameroonian musicians. One of the defining moments of global music has to be the 1972 release of Manu Dibango’s Billboard Hot 100 song, ‘Soul Makossa’ that has been credited with the creation of the international ‘DISCO’ sound.
But Makossa as a genre, characterized by catchy brass sections and bouncy bass riffs that created some of Cameroon’s biggest international stars, has struggled to keep its place in the Cameroonian urban scene. Nonetheless, its impact is still best felt through its contribution to the new African pop sound.
In 2010, Shakira released ‘WakaWaka’, an adaptation of the 1983 Cameroonian classic ‘Zangalewa’ that partly has its roots in this genre. This came at a period when ‘Naija’ or Nigerian afrobeats is enjoying a wave of success across the world. It is also undeniable that Makossa has had a deep influence in transforming the ‘Afrobeat’ of Fela Kuti to the ‘Afrobeats’ sounds that have propelled Nigerian artists like Flavour and Iyanya to international superstardom.
At the same time, a wave of Cameroonian musicians mostly from the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, to whom the world had been quite oblivious, has awoken with a new afropop sound that is impossible to ignore. They have also borrowed from Makossa, blending French phrases and their own pidgin Creole that is similar to Nigerian pidgin English.
Thanks to this, Cameroon is witnessing the creation of a brand new, lively urban musical scene that is rich in texture and variety. And the rise of these artists signals a rise in social consciousness of a youth that have for decades been deemed as voiceless – but who are stepping into the limelight with the assurance that their place in the social and cultural fabric of Cameroon, and Africa, can no longer be usurped.
Johannesburg, South Africa (30 October 2014) – Cameroonian singer and activist, Wax Dey has officially released a new single, ‘Makossa’, to highlight the influence of this underrated genre in today’s international pop culture, and to call attention to the rise of a new breed of Cameroonian musicians. One of the defining moments of global music has to be the 1972 release of Manu Dibango’s Billboard Hot 100 song, ‘Soul Makossa’, that has been credited with the creation of the international ‘DISCO’ sound.
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The song is available for free download at: https://soundcloud.com/waxdey/wax-dey- makossa
About Wax Dey Wax Dey (born NdeNdifonka) is a Cameroonian-born and South Africa-based activist, writer and singer. He was nominated for Best RnB, Best International Collaboration and Best Male Artist at the 2012 Cameroon Entertainment Awards (CEA). NdeNdifonka's publications include the play, "The Chosen one" that was used to teach English in public school in South Africa, and a chapter in the Rutledge Encyclopedia of Adolescence. In 2011, he worked as a presenter on Africa Magic Channel's ‘Good Morning Africa’ show, before starting his own prime time reality TV show on Canal 2 International in Cameroon. He has also appeared on South Africa’s top TV series, ‘Generations’, playing the role of a gangster. Wax is Creative Manager for ONE.org, where he has helped to put together projects such as the ‘Do Agric, It Pays’ campaign that aims to rebrand agriculture in Africa, as well as the song ‘Cocoa Na Chocolate’, on which he features alongside 18 other African artists.
He has a history of activism, which includes initiating South Africa’s Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Week, and working with the United Nations to combat ills such as xenophobia. In May 2010, Wax Dey was named 'Man of the Month' by Ladybrille magazine for his use of music in spreading social awareness in Africa. In the same year, he was named a Brand Ambassador for the City of Johannesburg.
LINKS: Download ‘Makossa’: https://soundcloud.com/waxdey/wax-dey-makossa Official Website Wax Dey: http://www.waxexperience.com Facebook: Wax Dey Twitter: @WaxDey
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