Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LOVE BOUND INDUSTRY NITE (ENTERTAINMENT INSIGHTS)

If  you don read any of my write-ups or follow me fo social media (@abokination), you go know sey ah be Buea Pickin…. Well… actually ah be “cam no go”, ehen Etp8koi. Point is I was born and grew up in that town, reason why I tend to talk about artist and ideas from there a little more. It’s no news that we are known for our talent and the inability to eat from that talent (no shade) #FactsOnly. There is however a lot of little things going on apart from very beautiful girls, one of which is the artist come together dubbed as “Industry Nite”.

I have had the opportunity to attend two of such nights and even though I initially intended to write a review of the idea/platform, I decided otherwise, reason being it would be wrong to assess its potential at such a fragile stage of its growth. When Didi Blaise (Manager of Best Music Inc.) asked me what I thought of the idea, the only words I could utter were “I can see the love”. Love which happens to be something that is very scarce in our growing ecosystem, is a very crucial ingredient that could enable the initiative to grow. Quite honestly, we have seen things like the STM Hangouts and a couple of others come and fade as quickly as they surfaced.



The show is always hosted by the Best Music’s Nami Nami Cyrus who happens to be a very
energetic and hysterical MC. I witnessed performances from Young Time, Luna, Benzil, Snazzy, Rude Bwai, Drae Boi, Daddy Black, Askia, Ewube, Crispy and a host of others.
The networking angle is very important aspect; I met a couple of people who I only knew via twitter handles. It was a collage of bloggers, artists, label heads and music enthusiasts. So it’s really back to the love because if artist can come together and do something for themselves and realize the objectives, it becomes beautiful. I would imagine the main objective of such a program would be to build a core following that can grow as the initiative expands because we all know “one good fan is worth a thousand ghost followers”.



The initiative has witnessed a lot of hitches but again show me any iota of success that came through without struggles. I however would appeal to the organizer(s) to strategize, plan and brand the show a little more. After the next show I intend to write a full review/analyses of it.

Salam Ma lekum! 






Pictures courtesy of rocafair.com and LekokoBar








Monday, March 2, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Diaries of the Fourth Quarter Episode 2: Stanley Goes Green Diaries of the Fourth Quarter Episode 2: Stanley Goes Green


For the second episode of the Fourth Quarter Diaries, I enlisted the help of Klochett Fee and together, we put out the analysis of Kamer Star boy Stanley Enow. To read the article please click the link below:

http://www.afrokanlife.com/diaries-of-the-fourth-quarter-episode-2-stanley-enow-goes-green/





Sunday, November 30, 2014

Diaries of The Fourth Quarter. Episode 1: Jovi O' clock

I had a conversation with a friend of mine about three weeks ago on the affiliation of very wealthy people to secret societies. I had to laugh when he told me it is impossible to be extremely rich without spiritual backing. You see, It wasn't his idea that made me laugh, but the fact that he couldn't begin to understand how, in a seemingly just world, a select few people amassed insane amounts of wealth while others, well, the majority really, barely had enough to eat.
Like:" Dah man na god? Massa lef me dah tori, Nyongo men dem all". Sad how people tend to make theories about and criticize what they don’t understand.

I remember the morning “Ca$h” video dropped;…you see I was looking forward to it and needless to say that I set the bar extremely high.... like way up high because Jovi has always been a rap god, a visionary with an unmatched mastery of Cameroonian cultural nuances. So in that light, I kind of expected something a little more complex, maybe as coded as his songs often come. In my usually unpopular opinion, I thought it wasn't the video for cash“Ca$h”, that's why I didn't comment on it publicly.

*tsuip* see me sef, like sey ah di vote for Oscars… lol

But one week later, I sort of got what he was trying to do. He took a seemingly more "democratic” approach and it worked ‘cuz numbers don't lie and if there's one thing I know about Jovi, it’s that he has a massive following (especially within the Anglophone community) online. Going by the latest charts, “Ca$h”, is working out for him and looking at the way things are panning out, I’ll assume it’s part of a greater scheme of things. I hope that his long game is really good because we need him to win.

September and October were interesting months, well mostly October … well scratch that, na mostly that twitter conversation/war dem make am so. Dah tin be dey like action film *sends hand into popcorn bowl*.

Ah no be actually take stand on top dah bilang parce que e be ova confusing and people were going back and forth leke price for crayfish. People wrote articles, threw spears and even came to the rescue of artist mentioned (no be say the artist them be first need the help ohh) *tsuippss*forworti people them go do wonders * Lapiro voice*. Then people go wokup tok sey we just get for di promote all dust. Like sey na praise time dis. Go wear sew rappa with ya favorite Singer/rapper dia face dem, then di sing for street since as na papa J di enter Jerusalem. Normally I would tell you the importance of analyzing music and trends but na tori dat for different day.

The Jovi and Stanley comparisons shouldn't be, but lets face it:na rap! It will always surface just like people compare Big to Pac, Jay Z to Nas and Even M.I to Phyno or Olamide. The tin wey di vex me na the method way some people use am shoot stone. If you are considered as a culture influencer within our growing ecosystem, you are expected to look at things objectively. I understand that some of these artistes happen to be brothers, friends, family or may even be romantically linked to you, of course, but being a leader or influencer means you have to rise above these petty arguments and take a stand that people who look up to you can(disagree or agree with, but)respect. 

So here is my unasked for stand on the situation: Celine get right for write dah kine article because whether we choose recognize it or not, she is a pioneer and has promoted culture and talent for years, not to mention the fact that she has the most influential magazine in francophone Cameroon. So that Grande-soeur get droit. I, however, didn't think she should have mentioned the paper crown statements nor try to belittle Stanley. But na bindi, I actually wish we had more conversations like these … without the petty insults though.

Coming back to arguably the Initiator of the new school rap in Cameroon, “Ca$h” was a very good song "Jovi-wise" meaning he found a way to outdo his art. It is the richest thing he has produced, culturally speaking and considering who Jovi is, that is a very bold thing for anyone to say. Like I previously said, the video took a very democratic approach and it worked very well. I wish Cameroon was listed under one of the twitter countries because we would actually notice that Jovi crashes twitter every time he drops a song. Et P8 Koigoes further to prove what an incredible rapper/producer Jovi is. The song is just beautiful it’s lovely. Words cannot express how on-point the song is.

Mah no lie, time be dey wey ah be actually essele Jovi, just before Ca$h  drop because i be feel like seyyi di over waste and nebi secret, plenty people them fi say Jov no dey place way yi get for day. I am however once again excited because ever since Et p8 koiEt P8 Koidropped I am beginning to see the Jovi of 2012, The Jovi that (arguably) kick started this whole urban rap movement. The one wey show we sey u fit actually rap for pidgin, gopass for Trace. The one who made us understand sey you fit be dah kine man wey dey go memba yi for cultural books for being original. 

The behind the scenes video of Et P8 Koi has cameo appearances from Askia, Magasco, aMusic rappers, Spido, Tilla and a whole host of others. Na statement that.

The kine way that yi song, “Bwam”,di tok. Dah kine "all that dem, na ma men dem". It shows the kind of love the industry has for him and that they all rally behind him.
I however still believe he can do more and that is not me being a block-headed critique. That is me believing in what he stands for and saying that he should be landing more endorsement deals, more awards, more shows and definitely more recognition.

… but at the end of the day, "what’s a king to a god".

I don tok ma own, waka.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

AMBÉ UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (KAMER ENTERTAINMENT INSIGHTS)

It took me a while to conduct this interview but Im glad I finally had the chance to do so. It is very hard for artist and public figures to explain themselves to the public without getting judgmental looks or comments. Ambe formerly Denzyl took the risk of coming out clean and explaining his side of the story which was very brave of him. We equally spoke about his name change and his music career. Read all about the AMBE interview, how he changed his choices and where he is coming from... Feel free to drop your comments in the blow below

Aboki:
First up thank you for granting this interview..

Ambe: 
Sure bro, no problem I’m honored

Aboki:
You have attained a reasonable amount of fame but it is only fair that some people don’t know you. Do you mind telling our readers who you are?

Ambe:
My name is Ambe, from the name u already know I represent that Bafut, Mezam, Cameroon, aka ZionKnight aka RendezVousPikin with huge ambition to impact peoples life with music and become successful too.

Aboki:
You have been in the game for approximately 12 years and most people have given up, what makes u to keep going despite the obstacles?

Ambe:
Well to sing is a talent, God gave me and I will not stop.  NEVER! So despite the obstacles, I know a day will come so I just keep grinding bro... E no easy but bro ma head dey dey

Aboki:
Why the name Change?

Ambe:
I'm rebranding as u may have noticed and I decided to go with my family name and I rep my family in this too

Aboki: 
It took years to brand the name Denzyl and it has a reasonable following, don’t you think doing this looses a lot of your fans?

Ambe: 
Well u have to understand change is the only thing which is constant, it took me a lot of courage to make that decision, Denzyl did a lot of things made a lot of mistakes and from those mistakes I learned so I decided to rebirth myself and name the new me Ambe, I know I lost fans but life is all about losing something and gaining something

Aboki:
So u wouldn’t switch back to get those fans would you?

Ambe:
From now on, I only see what is ahead no looking back so switching back is far from happening.. I believe most of the fans who knew me as Denzyl will soon know that Ambe is just the rebirth of       Denzyl and they will relate.. so bro i no get worries na small small

Aboki: 
Talking about mistakes Denzyl made, recently a web link surfaced with your name and other in the industry linking you to "scamming activities", how valid is this list?

Ambe:
I have heard about the link bro but never got around to go check it out myself to be honest. But...to answer your question, I do not know how valid that list is. Since I have not checked it to see what names were there..

Aboki: 
ok let me rephrase my question.. were u at any point involved in such activities (scamming)

Ambe: 
Well Aboki, u really are taking me down memory lane something I have always tried to forget .. Unfortunately (and this is very difficult for me to talk about), i have been. It was a long time ago. Growing up as a kid in Rendez-Vous....It's all in the song. Growing up being a struggling kid with only a mum struggling for 5 of us to send us to school and make sure we put on cloths and also put food on our table, I had no choice and almost everybody I knew at that time was doing it. It was such a pride to be doing it that time it was like a pop culture bro. That was like 2006 and If u be dey Bamenda or Buea that time u go understand what i'm saying. so that is my story bro and it’s what makes who I am but it’s also  all left in the past.. It’s all gone bro..

Aboki: 
Why did you decide to stop and change and did that have anything to do with the name change and the song Rendezvous?

Ambe:
Bro massa I stopped longtime ago after i realized it was wrong. So it has nothing to do with my change of names, like i said ...I made a lot of mistake when I was Denzyl So yeah mehn its all left in my past.... and like I said, I did it as a kid growing up in a 'tough' neighborhood, a kid who had to put food on the table for family and mum. It’s all in the past bro

Aboki:
Question from Ebangha Njang.... “I have done a little research and I found out that you tried to revive your career in Nigeria and it didn’t work... what went wrong?”

Ambe:
Ebangha Njang!!! Nigeria was an adventure for me and a part of my music school of reality... It was all a learning process for me and going to Nigeria has played a huge role of the man i am today..

Aboki:
The video for Rendez-Vous dropped and I loved most of it I however feel that a lot of the things spoken in the song, weren’t shown in the video... Like the Rendezvous concept and even dancing, given the rhythm.. and you would bear with me that quite a couple of people had the same thing to say in as much as they enjoyed the video. What do u have to say about that?

Ambe: 
Well basically, the video director wanted to portray mostly what I was saying in other to sell the lyrics of the song.. and that is what we did, we thought about the RendezVous neighborhood, and the too much dancing but we didn't want to go all cliché, almost everybody is doing that now so we wanted to present to Cameroonians and Africa something different and according to me that mission was accomplished. 

Aboki:
Pardon me if I do not agree with you on that last point. Just my opinion tho.. How has it been since dropping Rendezvous? How have your fans received it ? Do they like this direction?

Ambe:
Hahaha na u again!!! But yeah people got their opinions and everyone’s opinion is to be respected. So far so good mehnn.. the feedback has been amazing so far both online and mainstream and to be honest we "TeamAmbe" we just getting started because the revolution shall be televised..

Aboki: 
What message is AMBE the brand bringing along that Denzyl couldn’t bring along. what’s new? Why should people look forward to hearing from You?

Ambe Tebong:
As for Denzyl he's dead to me, and Well AMBE will only do music that serves a purpose and impacts people’s lives positively and will not release nothing but hit songs ... can u say Insha Allah!!! With me please!!
 
Aboki:
Insha Allah Azizi!

Ambe: Thank u

Aboki: 
You belong to a group of artist who are virtually gone with regards to time they started doing music... Who do you look up to in the 237 ecosystem and why?

Ambe:
I started at the age of 16, so I know I still have time on my side I’m still young and have a long!!! Way to go, and as for who I look up to, well I look up to everybody putting in efforts to make sure the ecosystem develops and feeds everybody, I look up to u, all bloggers, all record labels, radios, tvs, radio host, event organizers, philanthropies, fans in fact everybody man.. That’s what an industry is made of and as of now we are still growing so i look up to everyone.

Aboki:
Any words for up and coming artist and everyone else in the growing ecosystem?

Ambe: 
All I can say is they should know that nobody bad pass... no one is better than... Na God di make ultimate decision so make them just keep working harder, be patient, stay genuinely humble, put God first and success go come knocking their doors. We have a lot of talent in this country man and like I di tell myself this days, time tells every story.

Aboki: 
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to me. I would certainly reach out for follow up questions. I wish you all the best in your music and business endeavors

Ambe:
Na small pa..God bless #Emmanuel #GodwithUs

Before you get all judge mental going on Social media pasting and criticising him for doing what he did, think.... Infact take your bibles and open to the page "somewhere in the new testament" where ou good lord said before you cast the stone take a look at yourself. (or something like that) Anyway, you get the message, because everyone has skeletons in his or her closets. At least he is brave enough to face them and talk about it. There are many others who would have flat out denied it (no be say I be morals teacher ohh) All the same, we wish Ambé the best in his career.

Below is the video of his latest single #Rendezvous Please watch and share...

Salam Ma Lekum!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PARTY ALL NITE BY EWUBE REVIEW


Close your eyes for a second... think of that kind boring evening them way you no get thing for do but yet you have a pocket full of cash, as a matter of fact na that kind evening way rain don fall the whole day and Sonel don cut light. That kind time way sun wan di loss so for soiree, light boss like TOKA!!! Your first thought will probably be to go find some good food and as a Payisan after chop na Jung!! Since money over day, man no fit go normal bar.. (at this point your probably wondering "di man di smoke banga?, wetti all this get for do with the song?" Abeg chole me hear my tori) we di ever go na club.... so you call up the hommies like lets ride... walk through the door maybe dressed in all white so that people them go wash hand for ya sap (that club light jest technique) then that #partyAllNite drops you start nodding slowly and saying "massa na which Rihanna yi new track that ehh?" you later on hear pidgin in the song and realize its something local so you try to hate... but then  the rhythm in those beats (SLIMBEATS) gets you re-nodding and eventually turning up. As a matter of fact you
probably end up spending everything in your pocket because of that happy feeling the song gives you.. (you and landlord go dumbo on top side wey remaining rent money go)... Now open your eyes and replay it all over in your mind.. that  is the reason why such a song is created. The voice is unique,  The timing of the release couldn't be better and the instrumentals are on point. However,  I do not feel its going to be timeless.. you know the "in da club" type of song that whenever it comes on, people get turnt up... not to go far, like the way people still turn up for "DON 4 QWAT"  when it plays. Best Music has made a big step with this release especially coming from a town where fingers are always being pointed at for not including strategies or not branding enough... It is a move to be applauded and I even dare say studied by other artist and people in Buea. If you ask my uninfluential and unasked for rating of this song, it will be a 7 on 10 and that is a Big Yess from me. Keep the good work up and im looking forward to watching the video..

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#RENDEZVOUS REVIEW BY WILLIAM TAKOR

This song was released on Friday July 11th, but I'm privileged to have had it for a few months now. It is my jam mehnnnn and anyone who knows me will tell how it's been important for me for our generation to pick and nurture its own sonic identity. A sound that best represents us, Cameroonian millennial and our roots in a 2.0 world of globalisation, intellectual exchange and sadly, a severe watering down/ extinction of African indigenous cultures. (If all this grammar makes any sense sef). And, mind you, the struggle is even tougher for us as Cameroonians. With the explosion of Nigerian entertainment these days, it is difficult not to jump on the bandwagon since Nigeria's sonic identity is pretty much Africa's now. It takes a great deal of courage, foresight, and artistic prowess to pull off what Ambe (pronounced Ambé) did on this song. To craft a sound so deeply steeped in West Cameroonian rhythms. Especially when "Makossa" seems to be the most popular of Cameroon's hundreds of music brands. Rendez-Vous is a fireworks explosion of Bensikin pecussions and rhythms, the iconic and famed Cameroonian bass guitar and a Dibango-esque Sax performance .. all with a contemporary urban twist. What's there not love, massa from the songwriting to the sound ... the music ... the identity of a dancing people .... Cameroonian music genius at its finest. I feel proud. Proudly Cameroonian.

#JAMALERT 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

JULES NYA UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. (KAMER ENTERTAINMENT INSIGHT)

I hardly ever get a heartbeat when interviewing or talking to people but this piece kept me on my toes right up to “it’s been a pleasure”.  Jules Nya or “Iglo” as commonly called by friends is a very key and influential person in Kamer Showbizz Scene. He is the brain behind Mumak and equally mentors a lot of artists behind the scene. It was a great conversation, perhaps one of the best I have ever had. While talking to him after the interview he had this to say:

“Cameroonians tend to dwell a lot on peoples issues rather than ideologies. I am a solution guy rather than a complaining or problem kind of guy but a lot of people always misconstrue me because I am very business minded. Artists don’t usually like business minds because they function with emotions whereas I like objectivity and reason to thrive. At the end of the day, the difference between me and many others is just time, skills and experience.”


I hope this interview enlightens you as it did I and feel free to leave your input on the matters discussed in the comment box below.  
 

Aboki: First up thank you for granting this interview...

Jules Nya: My pleasure

Aboki: You are quite famous among entertainers but can you briefly introduce yourself to those who don’t know you?

Jules Nya: I'm Jules Nya.CEO and A&R of MuMaK. One of Kamer's rising urban music labels


Aboki : Over the last couple of years MuMak has produced quite a couple of artist and songs.... but the question that keeps bugging me is why has the Mumak rooster almost emptied out?

Jules Nya: Lol ...we are a record label. We sign and develop acts. They come and go. We don't expect them to stay forever. A lot has happened lately yet we still do what we know how to do best...i.e. making good music in a proudly Cameroonian way.

Aboki: Nothing short of what I expect, but don't you think nearly the entire artists leaving the label in that space of time is a little too much? There must have been disagreements to cause that exodus.

Jules Nya: People disagree to agree if that's what you wanna hear. The label underwent some restructuring and since we bounced back with Mr.Elad's "Chakara" many who thought we were out of business now understand that we are a force to reckon with and MuMaK is a brand that has come to stay.

Aboki: Well put... Magasco has continued to remain one of Kamers biggest urban acts with one
single each year. What do you think makes him rise above others?

Jules Nya: The kid is super gifted, focused and hardworking.

Aboki: Other kids are... but they don’t remain at that same level.

Jules Nya: Talent ain't enough bro reason why I added the other pivotal virtues. Not everyone is built to succeed in this business. Those who come with an added value like Magasco, Jovi or Mr.Elad will always out edge their fellow compeers simply because added to their enormous potentials they are workaholics.

Aboki : Does Stanley Enow happen to fit into that list?

Jules Nya: Everybody mustn't fit in that list. It's not an exhaustive one bro. If Stan is where he is today he's definitely an outstanding act. Gotta give respect to hustle pa. Game  recognize game as the Americans would say. Now it's up to him and his team to have a good sustainability plan. For now he's done a massive job.

Aboki: Tumbo boss isn't as nearly successful as Hein Pere. Do you think it was a wrong decision to make a similar sounding song as a follow up single?

Jules Nya: Well let's give it some time bro. One thing I know is songs like Hein Pere are classics and it's usually very difficult to surpass such a masterpiece in an artist's lifetime. Like i said he's gotta surround himself with competent hands so as to sustain what he initially started and even take it to a whole other level.

Aboki: Why do you think Jovi wasn't nominated for awards such as MTV and AFRIMAMA despite his huge talent and handwork?

Jules Nya: Jovi has a fast growing loyal fanbase. His time will come trust me. There is no doubt about that.

Aboki: I think he has a larger fan base than the likes of Gasha but yet he wasn’t nominated... I don't seem to understand why.

Jules Nya: Every Award has its own defined criteria. Maybe for now he doesn't fit with what they want. Reason why I said his time will come. In as much as awards may seem objective in their nominations, many people have to understand there is a very high degree of subjectivity in the so called objective selection criteria.

Aboki: You are very close friends with Jovi so you probably understand him more than anyone. As a fan I think the Kankwe Tape wasn’t received well and people got over it quickly. Do you think the Kankwe tape was necessary at that point?

Jules Nya: That's for him and his record label. I'm not here to assess his label. That won't be
professional. We all have a long way to go in this game. So I think we should focus on the big picture. MuMaK, EMPIRE or New Bell Music are all doing a fantastic job that needs to be lauded by people like you.

Aboki: Well we do applaud and promote it but we also often in the dark so we tend to ask these questions to understand the artists and their choices.

Jules Nya: Well good question, wrong person lol

Aboki: What do you think of Buea in connection to the urban music scene?

Jules Nya: Buea harbors some of the finest talents of urban music in Kamer. Now what they need to incorporate is the business angle to their music .With that, they'll go places!

Aboki: Why do you think virtually no one has been able to break into the urban limelight despite this enormous talent found there?

Jules Nya: Artwork without business minds behind has no value. Music is different from music business. Music is all about vibe and transferring emotions whereas music business is motivated by the sole aim of profiteering. If Buea acts put on their business caps I think the sky is going to be their limit!

Aboki: Nothing short of brilliant. What do you think of Renisse as an artist?

Jules Nya: Great potential yet to attain her full potential. I think with persistence and a hit song at her disposal Kamer will be one day proud of her.

Aboki: I don't feel the identity is clear, given the fact that she came out as a gospel act but the songs she has featured on so far doesn’t brand that image. What is your view on this?

Jules: My view is important but not relevant here. I am not in a position to assess her label's decisions or activities. Maybe you can but you have to understand the nature of my position as per other label activities !I think we have more pertinent issues to worry about rather than dwell on an act or a label's decisions.

Aboki: Where do you see Kamer music in the next five years at this rate?

Jules Nya: Things can only get better.As the years go by our industry will be on the rise.I see Kamer acts topping most african music charts and grabbing most awards.

Aboki: Should we expect a Chakara music video?

Jules Nya: Of course! The song had a great feedback reason why we are about to shoot it.

Aboki: We are looking forward to it. Any final words to the up and coming artist, producers,
directors and all those involved in showbiz?

Jules Nya: Persistence, perseverance and the right partnerships. Master your brand, understand your environment and network as much as you can because talent isn't enough.

Aboki: Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to me. I would certainly reach out for follow up questions. I wish you all the best in your business endeavors.

Jules Nya: The pleasure is mine.

SALAM MA LEKUM!





Friday, June 27, 2014

IVY BEN UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (BLOGGER INSIGHTS)

Conducting this interview was like a mirror reflection of myself. Interviewing a fellow blogger was a thrill and an educational experience for me. I got to learn why and how fellow bloggers think.  Please show her support when her blog creativeandmoving.com reopens on the 1st of July. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading this interview as i did conducting it. 


Aboki: Thank you for granting this granting this interview.

Ivy B: No, thank YOU. The pleasure is mine.

Aboki: Can u briefly describe yourself to those who don't know you?

Ivy B: My name is Ivy I am a Cameroonian blogger living in South Africa. I am the owner of creativeandmoving.comc which is a creative bridge and lifestyle.

Aboki: Why blogging?

Ivy B: I started blogging because I had something to say and I needed to be heard. A blog was the most affordable way for me to get my message out.

Aboki: There are quite a couple of blogs out there right now. Why should people read your blog?

Ivy B: I am not there to look for followers or compete with other blogs. I wasted 2 years of my life doing just that and I ended up almost closing. When it officially re-opens next week, please stop by. If you find it interesting, feel free to come back.

Aboki: A blogs objective. Is to get a message across right? If so what is the importance of that blog or the views if people don't get to read it?

Ivy B: People read blogs to get informed right? Ask me what my blog talks about don't ask me why people should choose creative and moving over other blogs. I am not playing that game anymore.

Aboki: Ok what does your blog talk about?


Ivy B: About creativity. The impact it has on people's lives. People see creativity as something so... Abstract and out of reach. But if you look around, you'll understand creativity is everywhere. It's the way you braid your hair, do your make-up, and mix your perfumes to obtain a unique scent. People don't see that and that's what the blog is there for.

Aboki: Well no matter what anyone writes about it should be able to capture the audience it was intended for. The question wasn't geared towards a fight between other blogs. It simply asks you why someone would be interested in that blog and so far a lot of people have been. But let's just agree to disagree on that

Ivy B: No problem. I am a lover, not a fighter

Aboki: What was it like interviewing Stanley after his MAMA win?

Ivy B: Wow... Where can I start? First of all the session I planned with him the day after the MAMAs got cancelled because he couldn’t leave Durban that day. I lost money, I was disappointed and the owner of the studio didn't want to hear about me again. On that Monday, when I woke up all I had in mind was my graduation ceremony happening that evening. Then one of my friends tells me he's going to the airport because he has to meet Stanley there. As soon as I heard he was stopping here in Jo'burg, before catching his flight to Cameroon, I started calling the team, telling them to meet me there as I was leaving Pretoria. I wasn't ready for that interview. All the questions, answers, emotions... Everything you see on your screen is raw and unscripted.


Aboki: Seemed so! But I loved it because like u say it was natural.s

Ivy B: Thanks

Aboki: Don't you think your readers will find it strange especially as u did a write up criticizing him a couple of months back?

Ivy B: OK... The post that my partner wrote (and that I still approve, don't get me wrong) was about all the negative stereotypes you could find in his clip "hein pere". It wasn't directed at Stanley or his music.

Aboki: So in other words U loved the song...

Ivy B: Haha no because to tell you the truth I don't listen to Stanley's music. I am more "old school" if you see what I mean.

Aboki: I hope I know what u mean!

 Aboki: So what does creative and moving has in-store for its followers? Any new aspects and. When is the site reopening?

Ivy B: The site is reopening next week Tuesday. I think the fact that from now on English is the sole language of the blog is the major change. In the meantime, the video of Stanley's interview is there for y'all to enjoy

Aboki: I bet they will. What words do you have for fellow bloggers?

Ivy B: I want to thank all those who supported the blog's comeback. But I want to remind all those who don't feel like sharing fellow bloggers contents because of their own insecurities that there’s enough space and fans for all of us. We don't need to compete for that. Some people will say I am pretentious and all, but I know most bloggers will understand what I mean.

 Aboki: Well said! I wish you the best and looking forward to reading your future post. Thank you for taking time of your schedule and being patient enough to answer all my questions.

Ivy B: Thank you for allowing me to share my views on your platform.

Aboki: You are welcome.




YOU CAN WATCH THE STANLEY INTERVIEW BELOW....



















SALAM MA LEKUM!