Cameroon rising music star Mister Daddy Black sings from the heart and has just released two singles “Ah No Be Small Boy”and “Mami Nyanga”. Women are the centre of his world and “Ah No be Small boy was inspired by a real life story.
The Yaoundé based musician has been in the business for more than a decade and will release an 18 track album “The Hustlers Philosophy” in March Next year.
Francis Ngwa has been talking to Mister Daddy Black about his musical influences and his two new singles.
Q Talk about your two new singles “Ah no be small boy” and “Mami Nyanga”. What are the songs about and your motivation for singing them?
“Mami Nyanga” is a perfect fusion of pop and makossa from Cameroon. The song is all about the admiration for an urban girl who dances very well that she is the envy of every man.
“Ah No Be Small Boy” is about a real life story. I was inspired by a real life couple I met in a snack bar back in 2007. “Ah No Be Small Boy” has been well received by fans probably because of its lyrical content, its creatively engineered instrumentals and its R&B vibe; subtly tinged with some reggae and afro undertones.
The message in the song is true to life and paints the picture of love and materialism very vividly. You do not need to listen between the lines to understand that some women are here only to suck some men dry.
Q How will you describe the type of music you play?
My music is a blend of RnB , pop , Reggae, Makossa and Afro beat.
Q With the explosion of Youtube and multiple sites where people can download free music, how exactly do musicians make money now?
The more you give, the more you get. I believe there are different ways an artist can make music in the industry today. To sell your songs, people need to first know who you are. Then they will buy the songs so you need to do a lot of self promotion. When you are well known, you will be booked for shows, sign advertisement deals and get big crowds when you have a musical concert.
Q Why is the Cameroonian music sector not making as much impact Internationally like what is happening in Nigeria or Ghana?
Well, back in the days, Cameroon was one of the leading African countries when it came to music. Makossa was an international known musical genre but things started changing because the old musicians did not do what they were supposed to do. They produced good music but did not adequately train younger generation musicians to follow their footsteps.. Second the government has not played its role well.. We are in a country where there are no cultural institutions owned by the government, no platforms for young artists to showcase their talent. We live in a country where pirated works of arts are sold in front of government ministries and other public places and it makes it very difficult for individuals to invest in the business. For an artist to produce good music, they need a lot of investment from record labels , studios, producers, record stores, promoters etc.
As long as all these issues are not resolved, the Cameroon music industry will face problems and the necessary sponsors will not invest in the sector.
To add to these woes, many local TV stations are not playing their role either as the money they charge for local artists in order to air their songs is to much and they don’t pay for authors rights either. Our generation believes it has to be more than just music and we are bent on making our dream come true.
Q Some musicians believe they can make quick music from singing, compose a couple of songs, find the industry tough and simply drop out. Does Daddy Black have what it takes to make it in this competitive sector?
I have more than what it takes to make it in this competitive music industry. I have been in the industry for the last 11 years. I have seen the ups and downs of the industry and as far as I am concerned, music is not a child’s play, it’s a mission! I on a mission and I know I have what I need to get to the promised land
Q Who are some of your musical role models?
My heroes include Bob Marley, Tracy Chapman, Fela Kuti, Emkal and many others I cant start naming here .
Fun Facts for Mister Daddy Black
The best Word Mister Daddy Black Loves is LOVE. Herewith his ten Love Fun facts
Star Sign Cancer
.I Love sharing
I Love caring
I Love singing
I Love cooking
I Loving farming
I Love reading
I Love Watching Movies
I Love Watching Documentaries
I love shopping
I love hanging out with friends and loved ones
Audio Link for “Ah no be Small Boy”
Audio link for ” Mami Nyanga”