Cameroon stars thrill at Music In Africa concert in Yaoundé

Music In Africa and the Goethe-Institut successfully co-hosted a concert in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Tuesday 1 March.

Danielle Eog Makedah backed by Macase at the recent concert in Yaoundé. Photo: Goethe-Institut/Simon Messina
Danielle Eog Makedah backed by Macase at the recent concert in Yaoundé. Photo: Goethe-Institut/Simon Messina

The concert featured performances by two legends of Cameroonian music, ‘Bantu Groove’ band Macase and hip-hop pioneer Krotal, as well as rising star Danielle Eog Makedah.

The event was free to the public and took place from at the Goethe-Institut in Yaoundé, site of the most recent Music In Africa AGM in October 2015.

Particularly interesting is that the concert offered three acts from very different musical backgrounds, but who nevertheless able to offer a very coherent spectacle. The artists were clearly well-prepared (or simply extremely talented), since everything ran smoothly on stage. Both Danielle Eog and Krotal were backed by the Macase musicians, showing a good example of solidarity among musicians.

The audience was very enthusiastic, with nearly 500 guests of all ages clearly enjoying the concert, many of them singing along with the musicians. Also in attendance was Dr. Norbert Spitz, the Goethe-Institut's Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Raphaël Mouchangou, head of cultural programmes at the Goethe-Institut in Cameroon, said: “The Goethe-Institut is happy and proud to have hosted such an event, for at least four reasons: the pleasure to collaborate with professional and talented musicians; the satisfaction to propose to our public an event of great quality; the satisfaction to contribute to a better visibility of Cameroonian artists; and the quality and fame of the headliners that brought us a huge amount of guests some of whom came for the first time at the Goethe-Institut."