Can you briefly introduce yourself?
Nebo is a young artistic breed of Cameroon origin who just put his second album into the market for music purchase and savouring. His talent and passion for singing got him into the industry. By God’s grace NEBO has been a rotative musician roving from one rhythm kwasa kwasa (dancing with Alain KOUKOU in the early 90’s , Olus mapele, peppe kalle, sakiss….) to the another, ndombolo pending on peoples’ taste for a particular. (wengue musica,papa wemba , extra musica)…
Why was your choice centered on Music?
NEBO’s flow for the lingala language moved him into the music world. He faced some difficulty but realised later that he had to compose jazz sounds.
I was in Form three and I enjoyed raggae especially Lucky DUBE, Peter Touch , with Eric Donaldson bc I am a beatbox, as such I loved melodies which push me to create many beats and sounds. As I speak I have so many raggae compositions but I prefer to be silent about them due to the messages’ strength.
As a matter of fact,my Love U 2 tube was initially composed in Lingala ,but since I have to adapt to the culture of Cameroon, I had to translate it in French.
Talents: Music, Painting, Football, Comedy?
I became the pdt of the music club in high school at Bilingual Grammar Scool Buea. I was the head of the orchestre in Lycée de Buea. This helped me to delvelop my music culture and I became a member of the Mountain Rock Jazz bazz at the time initiated by Djomo Kelvin. At night I will play in the music halls such as ‘Feeling’ at soppo and in the Morning I was studying in school.
How did you manage music and school?
We make time and time doesn’t make us. As a science student, I loved solving maths and I applied this strategy with my life,since music to me is science.
Can you explain how music is a science to you?
I believe music is a science bc it goes with what you have as illness. For instance, you can only take medecine for fever if you are suffering from fever. If not, how can u explain that many babies are born on a particular stevie wonder’s? (Chuckles with laughter) It has been a therapy to many sick people, It has passed out messages of peace to instill order & tranquility in a nation, region, neighbourhood.
What did you gain from the Rock JAZZ BAND?
It built my music potentials, developed my singing skills and gave me an opportunity to meet bigger challenges.Its been amazing because these challenging moments enriched me musically and lyrically. I gained inspiration to write Love U 2 during my stay with the RJB. Love U 2 opened my way to work with great Carribean artists like JP ZABOULON.
How many albums do you have in the market?
I wanda is my second album in the market.
I’m sure your fans and the readers of the blog www.amybanda01.wordpress.com will be glad to have a presentation of the albium ‘I Wanda’,By the way , na weti you dey wanda?
I wanda is a love story, you know, Love is a round about that even words can neither define nor describe its reality or intensity. Love is a way of expressing 2 peoples’ feelings.I did the album track with a dynamic, elegant, beautiful and what have you? Tes-Lee from the South West Region of Cameroon.
Jealousy is talking about people who spend their time gossiping about others achievements’ they can never achieve. I advice victims of jealousy to continue working because those gossips will spend their time talking, while their objects of discussions will be achieving set goals and prospering.Tes-Lee also featured in this piece produced by J-11 Entertainment.
Forgive me is another sound track narrating the sad side of love. The storyline centers on a man beating his wife to the point of death. All of a sudden, he started crying, begging for her forgiveness. This sound which came from the bottom of my heart calls on human beings to forgive in bitter situations because to air is human, and forgive is divine.
Sound Tracks like Manyu United calls on nationals to live in peace & unity.The discrimination between different tribes,clans, ethnities, villages does not build a stable nation.
Marriage is a true life story that inspired me to materialise my dream. The sound track questions couples on the basis, the roots of their union, their relationship because experience has proven that any marriage built on wealth does not survive even the honey moon.
C’est fini is the end of a relationship that didn’t survive its chances. The cruelty, trauma, pain, sorrow of breaking the bond was better than the deception, the trechery, pity of living in pretence.
Where are you strolling to?
It is a musical stroll taking me from the world of zouk to an accoustic musical genre. The message broadens the ideology whether or not, its a bad thing to love only somebody. At the end of the day, I flew away because I discovered that it was a bad thing to love. That has not stopped me from loving though, it just added my love experience in the roundabout of love.
When is the Official launch of the Album ‘I Wanda’?
By the grace of the Almighty,’I Wanda’ will be officially launched in the Months of March & April 2012. The official release will be shortly followed by the video shooting in different regions of Cameroon. J-11 entertainment is preparing a national tour to present ‘L’ange du zouk’ before the end of 2012, to his fans.
You lay much emphasis on love, what has love done to you?
Love is something interesting, its a meal to be tasted at least once, in a lifetime. I wish to push people into the world of Love because life is incomplete without love. Its funny for sure,but worth the living. If U ask me, I will tell u its like water, which is vital to lifelihood. The reason why brothers are in love, pastors are in love, fathers are in love and even GOD is in love with us.
In a world, where we have constant riots, battlefields and warzones, can we really talk of peace?
The zouk Angel through the Manyu United piece, makes an appeal for men to live as one breaking all boundaries, elements of discord and territorial frontiers usually the principal reasons pushing people to be at loggerheads and war.
The power of peace surpasses all misunderstandings and this is only concrete when love is true from perception, existence and experience ,thus craving self-fulfillment ans internal peace.
We understand your first demo is still in your box of musical trends and beats?
Who told you that? (Chuckles ) My first demo ‘MIMI’ was a very nice song ,though I am preserving its official launch for the future. The story of MIMI is soul touching and heart stengthening to any one who listens to it. I have also written and composed many songs in lingala and the Douala languages I intend to share with national and International artists, who can interprete it better. I believe we have to merge efforts to develop the culture of music.
As I speak, I have a reggae song I intend to propose to Ti ken JAH FAKOLY because I like his spirit of transmitting the message. I have composed and felt the need to give some other person, who can better personify and transmit the message better. I have also composed zouk inclined songs to propose to Carribean or efficient musicians.I think this is the kind of spirit we need to promote and encourage in our world because nul n’a le monopole de savoir.If all artists think the same, I believe there won’t be jealousy,envy and conflict in the milieu. The strong will assist the new breeds to grow and the hidden talents will move closer to the big names for advice and mouldinginto the sector. As such everyone will specialise in area of savoir faire.
What were your parents’ reactions towards your music career and what is your appraisal of Cameroon’s urban industry to the past?
The moment my mother received the formation of the embryo,that is when music was born in me. In Africa, we neither know how to discover nor encourage talents. We just believe everything roves around school, school and school and It is high time parents understood the signs and wonders of GOD in your child. If You see your child manipulating a phone, go closer, observe and support him/her to develop the art.Mind U, that big business tycoons are illiterates.
What are some of the challenges you encountered on daily basis towards your music success climb?
I don’t know if we know how grave this sickness is,but there is a ailment that slowly but surely kills music, in its true form. Those who have money record any thing without the notes and have it broadcast,those on the other hand , those with raw talents are pushed to the walls.Music has become business for some friends.
Piracy is an undermined acute jealousy the gov’t has for artists.If they could pirate football, Former team captain, Samuel Eto’o Fils would be a poor man today. Musicians have got the talent but can’t make money because government has a problem with their notoreity . The state must be aware that a country without cultural development is inexistent so they should have a rethink
Have you made any contributions so far to right the wrongs?
You know I neither have money nor power becasue musicians are so messed upin our society. Misic is out to express culture to the target audience an use it as a great development asset. Piracy is mafia because the writings painted on the wall boldly explain how to avoid or stop it.
What is your dream and vision for the Music Industry seven years from today?
Like Martin Luther King Jr, I dream bc it enables me to work harder in order to achieve my goal. I wish to have people who will understand the messages and go by its dictates in order to live a peaceful life in a warfree zone.I want pple to understand that in my country and the dark continent we have talented people, who can make mansions out of few bricks.
You know, Music is not just all about singing, it is a therapy that englobes melody, voice and message. If one’s voice is not perfect, the melody should push one to own a copy of an album, if the melody does not break the boundary,then the message should do so. Anything out of this will not give that boost I have for Urban Industry in Cameroon.
How do you treat your fans?
People must learn to live with enthusiasm and recognize that each new day is an adventure.I don’t treat them anyway i wouldn’t want someone else to treat me. I cease the opportunity to thank them and renew my love story with them through ‘I WANDA’.
My fans are as human as I am, their love for music keeps my writing skill growing because I am inspired more by the daily life happenings,knowing that some people are there to buy.
Any last words?
I wish to thank the Lord Almighty for making us mature and productive. I believe in these words are strength,love,ingenuity,support,encouragement and a good dose of mindful sacrifices to energize every reader of the blog and listener of my music to hold unto his/her dreams,because no condition is ever permanent.Tomorrow is full of surprises as much as Life,use the opportunity and make the best of it.