Not long ago, the stars of the music coming from abroad drew more people than the local artists. Recently, the opposite has happened.
The world-famous stars Davido and Nigerian Yemi Alade performed in almost empty spaces respectively at the Parcours Vita in Douala on Saturday, October 29, 2016 and at the multi-purpose sports complex in Yaounde on Friday, November 11, 2016. Meanwhile Cameroon’s Kiff No Beat and Stanley Enow respectively had a huge crowd yesterday Saturday 12 November 2016, at the Parcours Vita of Douala and the National Festival of Arts and Culture in Yaounde. What can explain this new deal and how can we understand the flop of internationally renown artists?
“Speaking of flop is exaggerated, and do not take the flop to generalize. Three months ago, Mohamed Sylla aka Mhd did what even Petit Pays, the hall filler have never done. For Davido, as far as I know, it was a lack of blatant professionalism. Concert is art and so even if it’s with Beyonce, if you do not organize it according to the rules of art, it’s a bide. Davido is an artist who works and should fill up “, explains Mathieu Youbi, famous cultural columnist.
And what about the success of local artists? “This is due to the rise of urban music in Cameroon, which was not the case a year ago“.