Nigerian singer/songwriter Iyanya Onoyom Mbok popularly known by his first name Iyanya will be will be giving an exclusive show to top level Guinness and other VIP officials in the Cameroonian economic capital Douala later today February 28 2014. The venue and timing is a closely guarded Guinness secret.
The show of the “Kukere” famed musician will however not be televised. It is an exclusive show and most fans in Douala are not even aware Iyanya who has never performed in Cameroon might be living and performing a short distance away from them. There are no billboards, TV or radio and newspaper commercials to announce his visit unlike the massively publicized two shows of another Nigerian musician Flavour Nabania.
One of our sources described the show as “ private and discreet” .
Some fans who have heard about the exclusive show were disappointed Guinness Cameroon officials were using money they give the company when they buy their drinks and could not allow the them even a paid show to see Iyanya.
The 27 year old Iyanya won the MTN 2008 Project Fame West Africa competition.
Culled from Le Blog de Carole Leuwe
Welcome to Cameroon, your first time here?
It’s my first time here and I love the vibes, it’s feeling good already.
What’s brings you to Cameroon?
I am here to have a great celebration with Cameroonians at the Bonanjo party house, its Guinness black and gold party tomorrow, just get to ready to have a great experience, definitely.
If I say Kukere, I can see you are smiling, memory lane what do you reply, what comes to your mind and what does it mean?
“ Kukere” means don’t worry, just like saying #AkunaMatata! Each time kukere comes to my mind it reminds me of the breakthrough, because it’s the song you know that really put me out there and since then I have been very very sucessful.
Are there any artist from Cameroon that you know?
Oh yeah I know Richard Bona a big star , Petit Pays , and they just told me right now that the only artists performing with me tomorrow are X Maleya so I am looking forward to seeing them. I also look forward to working with Cameroonian artists, the fan base here is amazing, from the airport everyone was showing love so, I just can’t wait to be part of the people.
Two albums already since 2008 : My story released in 2009 and Iyanya Vs Desire released in 2013, are you following your dreams?
I will say yes and everything is on track, it’s the perfect lane. I am just doing my best to keep achieving more and doing my best to be more successful and entertain the fans the more and I am thankful.
On what projects are you working on presently?
After the Iyanya vs Desire album, I’m dropping another album this year by God’s grace , working and dropping more singles , more collaborations in Africa and internationally.
My foundation will be launched next month too.
Is it true or false women are your number one fans?
Hum yeah yeah to an extent! (smile and shy) because in every concert I have been all to, all over the world it’s always women infront, and I am thankful for my female fans, and I feel like they have really put me on a map.
You have done a number of collaborations so far. What inspires that?
One thing about collabos is, the other people bring their style to your zone, and their creativity to your side, and then it just helps you achieve a lot. Collaboration helps you achieve more fans and these people have fans. I don’t want to be an island in the industry, I don’t want people to think I’m just me, I want people to see that I’m doing music not only for myself but for everybody! So I am saying “oh you like that guy?” ok Fine I ‘m gonna do a song with him! You like Richard Bona, or Petit Pays , or X maleya .. ok am doing a song with him cause I want you to know that I need you to be part of me. That’s the whole idea!
Has your life changed since MTN project fame?
Yes, of course. Back in the days, I use to do a lot of ballads. Before the project to be honest, I used to beg to do shows and today, I headline shows all over the world. I thank God for the grace the strength and passion. After the death of my loved ones, I never gave up. If you love what you are doing, you will against all odds push and keep getting it. I believe that even for the people you have lost, you should represent, You should achieve so that wherever they are, they should be proud of you, I don’t think my brother or my parents where ever they are now, would be proud of me if I were some criminal in the street. I know they are praying for me right now and I keep working and believing that life must go on. Also looking from where I come from. When you come from a place where everybody is totally underrated and you want to be different, I have always dared to be different!
Before I say “ Imela” that‟s the best word in Ibo sorry I can’t speak Efik, what does „ Le Kwa UKwu‟ mean? By the way, I love the way you turn your waist, sexy I will say
(Laughs) You know when a woman passes and you are like oh she is amazing,she is beautiful, that’s the whole idea.
Do you have any message for your fans here in Cameroon?
Yep! I am sure you got your ticket already, it’s gonna be amazing , it’s my first time here so I don’t have plans giving you guys less of me cause I want to come back and come back and come back! So get your ticket and thank you for the love, I met some people at the airport today and they were taking pictures with me , so I feel really blessed . I feel I am already part of Cameroon, and tomorrow I will prove that. So just come out and have a great time.