Uprising Cameroonian singer/songwriter Mabel Char aka MabSTAR will tomorrow August 1 2013 release her long awaited single “Go Vote” in the economic capital Douala.
Before “Go Vote”, Mabstar released two other successful singles “Arise Africa” and “Stand up”.
Her song “stand up” was recorded and produced in Paris by English producer and artist Wayne Beckford.
She helped organize an all-star concert known as “Stand up for Haitai” to help raise funds following the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Her music has taken her to a number of countries including Morocco, Algeria, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Togo .
On the eve of the launch of “Go Vote”, Mokun Njouny Nelson caught up with MabSTAR for a brief chat
What is your new single all about?
The title of the song is “Go vote”. The purpose of the song is to encourage civic responsibility in Cameroon especially in view of the upcoming parliamentary and council elections on September 30th 2013.
I’m urging Cameroonians to use the power of their vote to change the status quo. If you’re defeated at the ballot box, well that’s democracy. You don’t resort to violence – you live to vote another day. But refusing to exercising their civic right to vote is making themselves an accomplice to a bad system.
Are you implying here all your songs usually carry a strong message?
Yes. My ambition has always been to use my art to make a positive contribution to society. As you can tell from my past songs, ‘Arise Africa’ and ‘Stand Up’. I feel there’s nothing special about being a pretty face with a beautiful voice. I want to sing out loud the things that people only say quietly and in private. I composed “Go Vote” because I feel that Cameroonians seem to have resigned themselves to the status-quo and most people are now thinking that the solution to change is through violence. Their votes count and can change things.
I wanted to do music that inspires people to take positive action.
Why did you decide to be a musician?
My mother was a lead singer in her cultural group when I was growing up. I was always amazed at how much she gave of herself and how people admired her for her selflessness. I learnt from her and so wanted to also make that kind of impact. I first sang in front of people at the age of 11. After that, I was immediately invited to do a Christmas presentation. The reaction was unbelievable. From that time, I knew I had something. I have been singing since then.
You can listen to some of her music on her facebook page here