Music is often referred to as one of the greatest weapons used to fight against war and instill peace in every continent, nation, town or even the smallest settlements you can find. We wouldn’t talk much about the Anglophone Problem as some call it here, our aim is just to point out the best out of the great number of songs which have been used to fuel peace and create awareness about the political instability in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon, the Northwest and Southwest regions.
Below is a countdown of the TOP 10 songs released so far which is aimed at creating awareness and calling out peace.
10. Mic Monsta – Pot Soup
Mic Monsta’s Pot Soup is a tune which hasn’t been officially released yet but has been floating all over social media. The ”Pot Soup” here implies the situation we find ourselves in, and as you know, the presence of many hands involved in the anglophone problem seemed to have derailed the initial course. Hence making the soup sour.
9. Trong Pikin – Ici C’est Mboa
On the 9th spot is Trong Pikin aka Vegah’s Içi C’est Mboa. The rapper speaks against the current happenings in the two regions of Cameroon undergoing political instability and witnessing too much pain. His comes as a cover of Childish Gambino’s This Is America
8. Crispy – This Is Cameroon (Childish Gambino This Is America Cover)
Crispy on his part takes up the challenge to bring forth a cover of Childish Gambino’s This Is America. Politically, socially and religiously he steps on every problem and addresses it as it has been happening.
7. Snazzy Shikena – Don’t Ask Me Why
In our 7th spot is Snazzy Shikena, known for doing it big as his catchphrase states ”Massa We Do It Big” Snazzy steps up and denounces questions posed at him by friends, fans and family why the military tortures and hurts the people, he says, no one should ask him but ask the government. His message is as straight and direct like the path Moses paved in the Red Sea for the Israelites to move through.
The song was produced by Moulah.
6. VOC – Why
US based Cameroonian VOC is one rapper who calls it as he sees it, from the title ”Why” it is obvious the Bamenda boy questions every act, every happening, every situation that has been going on from day one of the crisis.
5. Wan Shey – Status Update II FT Young Holiday & N.A.T
After releasing Status Update I, Wuna Morning crooner Wan Shey invites young rapper Young Holiday and NAT in the part II of updating the status. All rappers and singer killed their verses and spoke almost about all the happenings in the regions affected. Rumour has it that all efforts to get the song to be aired on TV stations has been a failure. This should tell you the gravity of those lyrics.
4. Salatiel Toi Et Moi
In number 4 we have Alpha Record Boss Salatiel who uses his Toi Et Moi love story to send a message across using the video. In this video, a happily married Salatiel who steps out for work gets in contact with activists and the forces of law and order who mistake him to be one of the civilians creating tension and instability in his neighborhood. He is badly tortured and hospitalised. This tells you that no one is safe. Even the innocent.
3. Magasco – Zamba FT Jaques Greg
Magasco’s Zamba is a gospel song. He features with Cameroonian singer Greg Jaques to give it the praises it deserves. At the beginning of the video, we can see a footage courtesy of the foreign news channel France24 broadcasting images of the crisis in Cameroon. Magasco also launched an online campaign with the hash tag #CreatASolution which is aimed at calling all leaders involved in the crisis for dialogue.
2. Mr. Leo – Pray
In our number 2 spot is Alpha Better Records super star Mr. Leo, the jamais jamais crooner gives in his all in his native language known as Lamnso mixed with a few English words as he calls on the people of Cameroon to pray for their nation. Off his debut album Love Original, the song Pray was one of the new releases which dropped together with the album. The one scene video was another shot taken by Dr. Nkeng Stephens while the song was produced by Akwandor
1. Salatiel – One By One
In One by One, Salatiel condemns the use of guns and makes every individual involved in the fueling of the crisis that one day, everyone of us will have to leave this earth one after the other, but after leaving, what can we be proud of that we have left behind for the future generation. He attacks social ills like abortion as well, irresponsible parents and shady politicians. His message is clean and clear, no beating around the bush. That’s what puts him in our number one spot. More over, he also happens to have produced the song.
The above songs have different ways their messages were sent across, while others went straight to the point like the Salatiel in his One By One, Snazzy Shikena and the Status Update II rappers, others used a different story to voice out the happenings currently going on in the Anglophone regions like the Magasco Zamba and Salatiel Toi Et Moi videos.
What are your views about the countdown, which artiste deserved a better spot? Which artiste and their song did we miss out? While continuously praying for Cameroon, kindly drop your thoughts in the comments section.