For the second stop in our True Music Africa tour with Boiler Room we headed to Cameroon. Where in a country without major label presence, True Music Africa will welcome a new wave of distinct, innovative sounds emerging from the nation’s hottest young independent artists.
On this leg of the tour, we cast a light on the major hotbed of young independent artists that are making waves in the local music scene. We’ve chosen a mix of Cameroon's pioneering artists- original self-starters who all share a hustle mentality to create music they're passionate about.
EPISODE 2 DOUALA: READY FOR THE WORLD
Meet the artists at the centre of Cameroon's blossoming independent music scene. Featuring Boy TAG, Askia and Locko. All three are ready to take on the world but only on their own terms and by doing it their way.
We were joined by Locko, Askia, Boy TAG and DJ Labastille Premier. Who together, brought a blend of eclectic afro-trap, rap and afro-R&B sounds to the stage.
A secret location and a red-hot lineup, the Douala show was a wild ride through Cameroon’s thriving underground sounds. Get to know the DJs and live acts who set the dance floor alight on the night:
Locko first found fame by covering popular songs on YouTube, working his way up to stardom. In 2015, he signed with BIG Dreams Entertainment and has grown to be one of Cameroon's national treasures. A sign of great things yet to come.
Up-and-coming rapper from the West of Cameroon, recent Stevens Music Entertainment signee Boy TAG garnered attention in 2009 with his lightning-speed, mostly freestyle raps. Whether it's Nigerian, American or local beats, his versatility shines through time and time again.
As a young girl, Askia and her sister grew up listening to various genres of music like Cameroonian makossa, Nigerian highlife, German techno-funk and, of course, American hip hop. She blends the sounds of her multi-cultural heritage to create her self-classified 'Afro-urban' style.
Magasco is a gifted hip hop artist from the North West region of Cameroon. Magasco’s sound is an infectious and ingenious fusion of hip hop and local rhythms such as njang, soul, highlife and makossa — including productions from two of Cameroon’s finest producers, Le Monstre and DiJay Pazzo.
DJ LABASTILLE PREMIER
DJ Labastille Premier is one of the best DJs in the country. Nominated for Best DJ at the AFRIMMA Awards, he's the official resident of OG club Djuega Palace and former resident at Safari Club in Yaounde. A figure that puts Cameroon on the map for notable DJs in Africa.