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October 14, 2009


One should never become a musician if not by profound vocation, the same way as one enters various religious orders. The music profession should never be the place for recycling, where academic failures would receive the laundering alternative…"easy".

While I empathize with this writer's disquiet with the poor listening skills that tend to hamper musical appreciation in Cameoon,in particular, and on the globe in general, I believe that it is rather disingenious to claim that all musical virtuosos the worldover were born with innate genius to become celebrated musicians. As an educator, I am fully aware of the need for systematic grooming toward a search for excellence in all walks of life. What we should be decrying in the case of cameroonian music is the dearth of musical academies destined to educate our budding musicians with the objective of transforming them into gurus. Another issue regarding Cameroonian music is the problematic oversimplification of themes in our songs. When I listen to music, I want to glean a meaningful message from it because music is literature(poetry). In other words, I pay heed to music that is committed to the many issues that plague our country today. That's why I listen to Longue Longue and Lapiro de Mbanga's music with rapt attention.Why? because these musicians are not only intelligent but have the knack for transposing their intelligence into musical productivity. Please listen to Longue Longue's LIBERATEUR LIBERE, AYO AFRICA or Lapiro's MIMBA WE and you will see what I am talking about. Petit pays' cacophonous TON CORPS SUR MON CORPS, NYOXER,etc sends me to sleep in a jiffy for discernible reasons...

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