September 17, 2016

Myra Maimoh's sophomore album is one of hope

MYRA MAIMOH HEALS THE WORLD WITH HOPE, AN EMPOWERING NEW VIDEO AND A VOICE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET


Myra Maimoh is like a flower in full bloom always radiating a sweet contagious essence. You just seem to always find a smile emanating from her mouth and the most inspiring words from her lips but altogether life has never been this picture perfect for her. In fact, Myra as she tells it has gone through a lot of experiences which have helped shape her to the positive person she is today. As they say with life, you can choose to be bitter or you can be better with your experiences and Myra Maimoh certainly chose the latter.

Myra Maimoh was born in Bamenda, the North West Region of Cameroon (in West Central Africa) where she grew up in an average Christian family home with her parents and siblings. With her mother being her greatest musical influence through the records she owned, Myra Maimoh grew up with artists such as Skeeter Davies, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong. She was also heavily influenced by her Mother’s love for African blues through to Country music, traditional African music to Jazz and pop and it was no surprise that Myra started singing and dancing, while still in preschool at the age of 3.

Myra Maimoh was not only a high profile studio vocalist recording in some of the country's greatest studios for the biggest artists, she was among the most hired doing everything from background vocals, lead vocals to jingles for national and private radio stations.

When Myra Maimoh released her debut album “Answer’d Me” in 2010, she was ready to put aside all her negative experiences and to embrace hope. She was ready to inspire her audience to believe in themselves, to come out from their shadow by “sharing her generosity of spirit wrapped up into a perfectly packaged unit.” “This 11-track testament to the sheer joy of Myra's music is the perfect introduction to a young woman who uniquely combines the passionate music of her African roots with the pop, rock, soul and Jazz sensibilities of the West.” Stated Funk Sanctum Radio.

Myra Maimoh then took almost 5 years off to live life. During this period, she got married and had 2 children. Through 2015, Myra Maimoh was ready to get back to work and to focus on her music by embarking on her sophomore album Uniq. The album was recorded in the US and sent off to the UK and Cameroon to be perfected and immersed through mastering in the sounds which Myra and her team wanted to offer to her audience,

Uniq incorporates her RnB and African influences. On this 6 tracked album she brings to the table a plate full of positive inspiration and a cup filled with hope, patience and faith speaking to audiences battling terminal illnesses, depression or low self-esteem in the song Uniq which is also a girl power anthem with an empowering stance (link attached below). A message of encouragement is sent to fans to emerge with power from whatever crisis they may be in and not to be defined by their status quo as in the song Feh Vitavivi. Myra also adds some light entertainment and jiving as in On Va Danser which has a celebratory upbeat vibe.

You only have to listen to the unforgettable voice of Myra Maimoh to understand why Célia Faussart of Les Nubians stated she was inspired by Myra and also stated “Myra Maimoh, she’s like the Cameroonian Jill Scott, and Franck Biyong.”



        FIRST PUBLIC REVIEWS

The Uniq album is exactly what it says it is. Every track is different and unique from the one before. Love that it has so many different slants on life. Great music and great lyrics. Well done!” 
I got the album CD on the website and I can't stop playing the instrumental version of A No Go Tire. The music is Masterfully put together! A No Go Tire and Uniq for me; the former for the soul in Myra Maimoh's voice and the amazing musicality, the latter for its inspiration, hiphop jive and how Myra Maimoh stretched and showed her vocal prowess with adlibs.” 
Well done petite sœur. The whole album is wonderful but like my better half the song that stands out for me is Far Away. It’s very soulful and is very deep and uplifting at the same time. You are a true talent and l really hope this Uniq album propels you to the heights that you deserve.” 
The album as a whole takes you through life journey and various faces and stages of life. It's a Uniq mix of afro pop, afro soul, RnB. The diversity in the songs and use of languages and musical expressions shows the the level of exposure of the artist as one who has so many cultural influences. "Beau Parleur" is my personal favourite song on the EP. It has almost all the characteristics of a [hit] song, it has that catchy chorus. The beat is some good afro pop and it is appealing to ladies which is what they want to hear.”

Uniq is now released and available on all major online platforms

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August 7, 2016

Africa's biggest cultural convention in the diaspora celebrates with Kumbo's own Chilli

Cameroonian Cultural Ambassador and singer Chilli delivered a mesmerizing performance at the 28th annual Bui Family Union National convention, a four-day cultural fête that took place on July 21-24, 2016 at the Hilton in Westchase. The singer mesmerized the audience in her signature dance moves and lyrical style with masterful use of the local dialect. Chilli is from the grasslands of Kumbo, Cameroon.
For four days, the Ambassador and singer kept delivering hit after hit, to an impressed crowd that all agreed that the next cultural crossover has already happened. Most delegates argued that Chilli is the next big thing in contemporary traditional folklore music from Africa.

At the welcome ceremony on Thursday July 21, 2016, Chilli thrilled the crowd with her signature song from her debut album titled “My Heritage”, so many convention delegates remarked “ It was awesome putting a face to this great track.” Friday was the cultural night where she again delivered on a rare energetic and crowd pulling style. Saturday night at the gala was another surprise performance of “Mbaya” from her recent album titled “Bih Wo” filled with stylized acrobatic dance from Kumbo. Chilli shared the stage alongside the Zouk legend Guilou and other great performers in the likes Dj Skeeper, Lanre Manuel, Banla and Ventura, Young Flo and Myra Maimoh.

Chilli has attained her long lasting dream of exporting original traditional music from the grass fields of Kumbo to the world stage. "I am more than happy I have achieved one of the biggest dreams of my career" she said smiling while thanking BFU-USA organizing committee on this rare opportunity. The theme of this year’s convention was “Development through Education with focus on information Technology.” 

The 2016 BFU-USA National Convention in Houston was a great success, the next edition of the convention has been scheduled for Atlanta Georgia in July 2017.

Please enjoy this video titled “Hayo” from her latest album “Bih Wo”


"Hayo" is an inspirational song calling on us to have faith in ourselves because when you believe, you can. The video was directed by Yibain Emile.

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On twitter @ClaudetteChilli, Instagram @ChillyChilli, Facebook: Claudette Chilli 
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July 30, 2016

Wazal Couture 2016/2017 collection


Presenting...


2016/2017 Wazal Collection "Ova Tété"

This collection is inspired by a Cameroonian slang 'ova' which means bigger and noble person and "tété" which refers to chic and bourgeois. In addition, the word chic here is used to describe the amazing and modern appearance of the clothing. Therefore those who have good taste and know how to well dress are characterized as chic.


"Noble and quality materials were used in this collection, including first choice wax (African print) from Senegal or Mali. I will say this collection is indecent, 10 years in advance or shameless 5 years in advance. I prefer being ahead because the fashion world is in constant évolution" noted the designer Ayissi.

Check out the collection below.


More on this collection can be found at www.wazalshop.com


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