Cameroonian hip hop sensation Stanley Enow Friday October 18 2013 was special guest at the first edition of an internet telecast on google + hangout organized by Cameroonian entertainment website www.kurbain.com.
For one hour, twenty four minutes, the star rapper/singer answered questions from a special set of selected fans, all of whom were female fans with the exception of Ahmed Mustapha , founder of the website.
The lighthearted, informal chat session which the website has dubbed “rock dat web” was moderated by Daniele Nono.
“Cameroonian hip hop is doing fine. I am not saying that because I am the composer of “Hein Pere” (the most popular hip hop song in the country now) but because it is a genre that everybody loves from grandparents to children”, Enow told his visibly excited fans. He appreciated the work that earlier hip hop and other Cameroonian musicians had done that was now helping the young generation of musicians like himself to promote Cameroonian music.
He however said for Cameroonian music to even start pretending to achieve the status that Nigerian music has attained, there was need to have many other songs getting the airtime and popularity of his hit single “hein pere”. He said the Nigerian music industry is highly developed because it has a good number of great musicians like P Square, Flavour Nabania, Iyanya etc.
With a modest 244.000 Youtube hits, “Hein Pere” by Stanley Enow is the most watched Cameroonian song on the social website.
By comparison, “Kukere” by Iyanya has had 11 million hits while “Nwa baby” (Ashawo remix) by Flavour Nabania has had 9 million hits and counting.
On how he was inspired to write what he describes as the “Hein Pere” concept/song, Enow said some people will find the song “stupid” because of its simple rhyme scheme and humour but it is a song with a very strong message especially for young Cameroonians whom he said had stopped “dreaming”. Enow said he decided to write a song that could re-awaken the music industry by releasing what he termed “an anthem” that will get youths dreaming again. According to Enow, “I dong waka no be small” (I have been walking for long now) stands for hard work and perseverance which he thinks must be a guiding principle for all Cameroonian youths.
It took him ten years of hard work before he produce ”hein pere”, which is now a ” street anthem”. He said there are no short cuts to success. Enow told his close group of fans he will be releasing his first album “soldier like my father” soon. Hein Pere is his first single but Enow will be releasing a couple of singles before the album. In the meantime, Enow said he had already created a couple of structures to help Cameroonian youths including motherland music, pictures, videos and a motherland foundation.
Enow told his fans he had learnt life lessons from his parents which were helping him today including not being afraid to fail and making the best use of any available opportunities.
On some of the problems Enow has faced in his meteoric rise to fame, he said he has had to fight back at detractors some of whom had been using his name and image for private profit. He said he was happy to allow people use his name for whatever purpose but was completely against anyone who wanted to destroy his public image and name.
Some of Enow’s musical models included Tala Andre Marie, Kareyce Fotso and a handful of other Cameroonian musicians.
He described the impromptu show at the Yaounde Omnisport stadium during the Cameroon Vs Libya World cup qualifier for the 2014 world cup as “ a very wonderful experience” and that he was proud to have been part of the game which the Lions won 1-0.
“Think global, act local”, Enow said when asked what contribution he was adding to African hip hop. He was categorical to get an international fan base, he first needed to establish himself at home which was what he was doing presently. He said he had plans to start performing abroad and he will hopefully take his “streetwise hip hop” to other countries. He added that he will like to do duets with other African musicians including Sarkodie of Ghana, Flavour Nabania and Iyanya from Nigeria.
Singer/songwriter Enow Stanley aka “bayangi boy” has a degree in Communications and unlike some musicians, has a well planned business strategy as he continues to establish himself as a musician
As always during the telecast, Enow had his trademark dark glasses, baseball cap and a Cameroon flag.
The guests on the hangout included Miss Jackie Mbus who runs an entertainment website Afroziky.com, Miss Lena, another musician who has done covers of “hein pere” . Aude Nana, another Stanley Enow fan won a competition to appear on the hangout.
You can watch the complete hangout here