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December 16, 2009


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Giftus Nkam

when a man startts his career at the apogee, like "Little Country" does, none other is to be expected of him but a free fall! He started on high pitch; on fast lane; on high gear; in lightening speed, doing too weel too soon (not a bad idea though!), and in Achebe's words danced himself lame before the main dance!; (or sang his voice to exhaustion before the main singing festival. Today, much is expected of him,based on high standards he set for himself and the too much expextation and hope he induced and aroused in the hears and minds of fans, but alas!, he is only a lame duck, sorry-story, sick shadow, lack-lustre anti-climax muddler-"musician" of his former self.

Wirndzerem GB

A well written article that eloquently and scientifically studies the much-lived but less studied phenomenon of popular african music, its artists and scenes. in an epoque where all narratives have democratically gained legitimacy it is high time we read not only abt writers and other 'intelectuals' but also abt other pop/sub-cultures and their creators that paradoxically influence the wider swathes of our social landscapes than the elistist modes of creativity! So i would love to the Kangsen extend or reorient it into a biography of Petit pays: the author seems to manifest a convincing grasp of the subject, matter and manner! It will make a great read!

H. Bate Agbor-Baiyee

Very nicely written, indeed. I truly hope Petit Pays himself gets a handle of this piece and read it. It saddens me that 'The Number One O Africa', Petit Pays is running out of gas at a moment one would without contradicting describe as his prime. If you are correct in suggesting that he was born in 1969, then he is only 40 years old. The mans musical gas tank; lyrical virtuosity and creative genius should not be running dry.

I am not exactly sure what is going on but it just seems as if it is a medicrity and ineptitude epidemic that has hit the musical/makossa industry in Cameroon. It is not only Petit Pays running out of steam but heavy weights (different generations) like Bazor Dinna Bell, Misse Ngoh, Ben Decca, Ekambi Brillant, Nkoti Francois, Toto Guillaume etc. They are also languishing in paucity. Whatever happened to Solo Muna, Maurice Njume, rest in peace Kotto, Pappy Ndoumbe, Papillon etc who are Petit Pays contempories? Eyango has been trying to reinvent himslef with Americanized tough but he too has been out of gravitos.

Perhaps, I have just been out yonder for little too long but when I attend social functions, the oldies seems to attract more involvement and engagement. There just seems to be a yawning absence of anything new and thrilling that is striking with the exception of a few foreign blitzkrieg-like interrutions such as we saw with Zaico, Mapouka, Zengue and what have you.

The broader question by and large is, is makossa as a musical genre facing a slow extinction? I am not sure. It has been adulterated, bastardized way too much and its heavy weights have gone to sleep.

Rabbi, another self-ascribed title to Petit Pays has not been able to keep his Les Enfents de Petit Pays alive for a prolonged period...Felingue Hirshima, Xavier La Gaffe, Sammy Dyko etc are all one hit wonders.

Sorry for being all over the place with my thoughts but I really enjoyed your piece.

Keep it up Mr. wakai and let me know if you are interested in partnering to expand this conversation in print.

Kind regards,

Chandler, Arizona

Ryan Romanowki

I am glad to find you doing well Kangsen, it has been many years and its amazing to see how your talent has grown and that you are carrying out the messages in your heart. I remember many great conversations on the balcony with Saxon D. Wychowski and have always since wondered how you were doing. When I returned to Houston I tried looking you up and found you here, with the opportunity to communicate to you finally. I hope you get this message and I would love to hear from you my email is ryanromanowski@yahoo.com or my school email rjromanowski@bsu.edu if you cant pull the info that's hidden in the actual post. You don't know how happy it would make me to talk to you once again.


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