It’s 8p.m on Friday 6th May and I am seated at the Lobby of Djeuga Palace Hotel Yaounde waiting to meet Daphne, Cameroons’ female pop artist. I am excited and a little nervous. (Ohhh yea I get star struck for kmer stars. Bad belle come and beat me! lmao) Few minutes later I was led to her hotel room. She was exhausted from a busy day and was in need of rest before her late night performance at OG nightclub. Regardless of that, she put on a work face and was ready for the interview. (She’s a Pro like that!)
Me: Hey Daphne. Nice to meet you.
Daphne: Hey Samyra. Nice to meet you too.
Me: So you’re in Yaounde to launch your Album, Here To Stay. Can you tell me about this Album?
Daphne: Here to stay as the title implies is an Album that portrays my desire to stay in the music industry. More often than not people think that a new artist after a hit track hibernates and that is it for their career. So this is me saying that after my hit track “Rastafari” I am still here to entertain, to grow and to show my fans that I have so much more to give them.I also want to showcase my artistic side and not be defined as a reggae or pop artist but as an artist that can be flexible and do all genres of music.
Me: Ohh OK! That is indeed inspiring. Talk to me about the tracks on the Album.
Daphne: Here to stay has 15 tracks including some four earlier released tracks like “Rastafari” and “Gunshot“. Some of them include “Mothers’ Love” which I did with my mom and this track is personal because it portrays my relationship with my mom who I adore and love. I dedicate this track to all mothers around the globe as well. “Broken” another track which centers on love and heartbreak which is something that most people go through at some point in their life.”Allez” is a collabo track with Les Featurists and many others.
Me: Do you have any favorite track on the Album?
Daphne: (Laughs)Uhmmmm! I do not have a favorite track on the Album. I scream whenever i hear any of the tracks. They are like my babies unno and you cannot ask a mom to choose a favorite baby now can you? (laughs)
Me: (Laughs) Definitely not! So tell me about growing up. Did your mom support your desire to make a career out of your love for music?
Daphne: Awww i love my mom and yes, like a typical Cameroonian mom she wanted me to have a more “defined” career and I pretended to want to be the journalist she so much wished for me to be. I used to sneak out for studio hours and it was all a little rough at that time. I used to sing in church and my mom was my biggest critic and thanks to that, I am the fine tuned artist you all know today. It wasn’t until she heard “Rastafari” that she got so emotional, gave me her full support and that meant the world to me.
Me: Mothers, What we will be without them right? Any awards or nominations you will like to talk to me about?
Daphne: Gunshot was nominated in 2015 in Nigeria but I didn’t win. I won the Urban Jamz award for Best female artist and I’ve been n0minated for KORA Awards 2016 for the most promising female artist and Yemi Alade is in that same category as well. So..keep the votes coming.
Me: Wow. I hope you win. Oya Daphnites, vote! Can you comment on the Cameroon music industry?
Daphne: I think Cameroonians now consume our own music. We are getting back that home vibe that we had in the days of Bebe Manga, Grace Decca among others. We had lost that for a while and got carried away by Nigerian, Ivorian and Ghanaian music but now, we are developing our own brand of music and who better to sell yourself than you right? I like the fact that we do not only do Afro pop like other nations but we have our unique brand with the language blend. I think in the next 5yrs our music will be in an excellent place.
Me: Any word for your amazing fans?
Daphne: Just want to thank them immensely for their support and say that I know this may be cliché but I love them immensely and I promise to not let them down. Please get your copy of the Album “here to stay” , vote for me for the KORA Awards and spread the love. Thank you Sammy!
Me: You’re welcome, beautiful!
Daphne’s Album signing took place on Saturday 7th May at Centre Culturel Francaise. In attendance was diverse media organs, fans and the Cameroonian talented male artist Numerica.
Santher Photography covered the event in the professional photos department and I covered the Selfie Department! hahahahaha!
Show some love for 237 Music, people!! We are earning a spot on the map thanks to hardworking and talented artist like Daphne!