The Cameroonian Urban Music Industry is fast growing in size and quality over the past 5 years. It is arguably the fastest growing music industry in Central Africa since two of its greats (Jovi and Stanley Enow) broke national and international barriers to touch a mass of population with their debuts. New and talented artists and producers are coming up everyday and so there is huge needs to manage and accommodate most of these artists. Thus labels have come up and scouting talents (though there are still a huge number of unsigned and unnoticed talents roaming around and yet to be discovered. There are also dozens of labels out there with inadequate resources/marketing budget and good artists to make the record label blow. Never the less there are record labels out there that have produced and managed the most popular musicians in the country. Below is our list of top 10 Labels in Cameroon based on the research we did (NB: There might be labels who should be included but are not because we lack valuable information to write on them).
NOTE THAT: The List below is placed in any order and for no reason whatsoever we have ranked this labels. So Number one doesn’t mean is better than number 10.
1. ALPHA BETTER RECORDS
This is an independent record label founded by Salatiel who is also one the most popular artist in Cameroon and known for mentoring Super talented Mr. LEO.. Today, Alpha Better Records is one of the best and foremost record label in Buea and Cameroon as a whole, with notable and popular artistes to its name such as Mr. LEO and recently ASKIA. For Alpha Better Records every day is always a winning day and so every release should be taken seriously.
2. NEWBELL MUSIC
New Bell Music is undoubtedly one of the leading and best record labels in Cameroon. Co-owned by the legendary King of Mboko Rap JOVI Le Monstre, this record label have been able to create a very good fusion of Afropop and Bikutsi art. The Label consists of Jovi, Reniss,Shey, Pascal, Rachel,Tata and Kiloh. RENISS has emerged to become a top female performer in the country with her hit release “Dans La Sauce” crafted by LeMonstre. We love us some NewBell Music. Every release is a must hear.
3. BIG DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in 2014 in London, it is home to one of Cameroons biggest superstar with exceptional vocal talent; LOCKO. Fans are always eager to wait release from Big Dreams because their artist locko has gained massive international recognition especially in French Speaking Countries.
Owned and managed by French Hip Hop Legend Pit Bacardi. It enjoyed huge success after signing the supergroup Xmaleya. It then went on to sign Ducz and then Magasco. Magasco created a huge impact on the label for being the first Anglophone artist signed there, he gave hits upon hits and overshadowed his other label mates (Excluding Xmaleya who are not still signed on the label). Their artist roaster include Pit Bacardi, Magasco, Duc-z and recently the young rap impresario Nami Nami Cyrus.
5. SONOLIVE PRODUCTION
One word “Coller La Petite”. If you are fan of that then stay updated with them. It is home to record breaker Franko who has shook Cameroonians home and abroad for having a music video with over 30 Million views on YouTube. Some might consider him a one hit wonder but his hardcore fans will pay millions for him to release any tune to dance to.
6. BLU NATION RECORDS
“Its Tzy Panchak O”. Its no doubt Cameroon’s fastest growing record label with a good vision and skills to perfect music to appease its fans. The US Based Record label has been making huge waves in 2016 with their front line artist Tzy Panchak. Tzy Panchak is definitely a top artist you will wanna listen to whenever he drops.
7. SCHENGEN BLACK MOVEMENT (SBM)
No other label has done a music video release party as big as SBM’s “LAMBO LOVE” video release party. SBM was, is and will still be one of the most feared record label with its roots firmly planted in the ground and unshaken. If you doubt pick your top 3 bloggers/critics and asked them about the brand. Their artist PaddyFOKS “LamboLove” should be on your playlist because it was one on the most played songs in Buea clubs last year and got Davido dancing and suggesting a probable remix of it. Our main reasons why you should listen to Paddyfoks’s next release titled “SEXY”, he creatively explain raunchy love and the female anatomy with clean, romantic words and vocal prowess. Mixed Talents and Money and tell me the answer for SBM’s 2017 musical plans. SBM is definetly a force to reckon with.
Watch PaddyFok’s SBM DEBUT BElow
8. KREEF ENTERTAINMENT
Kreef Entertainment is a US Based record label with Mic Monsta as their main artist. Co owned by Cameroonian hot socialite Ebangha, Kreef has grown up into a highly respected record label especially among English Cameroonians of Buea. Mic Monsta’s Debut “Fear” receive positive praises. Any music from Kreef should be listened with care.
9. STEVENS ME
When you talk of female Cameroonian musicians in the country, two will definitely come first in your mind; Gasha and Daphne. Though Gasha is former artist on the label Stevens Me put her into the limelight until their controversial split. Stevens went on to sign the young Daphne who has as of now surpassed many of her female peers to emerge as one of the female faces of Cameroon entertainment today.The label definitely are connoisseurs for young talented acts. Their roaster include Daphne and the newly signed Shurah.
10. XM RECORDS
Owned by Cameroon’s biggest super group -X Maleya – . They signed the pioneer musical duo -Rhythmz- who are highly feared in Cameroon when it comes to beats production and Sound engineering. Known for producing for Ladyponce, Minks, Blanche Bailey, Tenor, Locko and many more. With Xmaleya their self its a message for you to to consume more of what they have .
11. MOTHERLAND EMPIRE
Motherland is not just a label, its a brand with entrepreneurial visions. Anybody who doesn’t know Stanley Enow in Cameroon deserved two slaps from a 16 year old bully. Common guys, Stanley Enow is the most followed home based English Cameroonian entertainer on social media. With fans all over Africa and the word, Stanley has been very instrumental in putting Cameroon on the map. From day one everything under Motherland empire has always make its name .
Other notable records that will suprise us with releases this year will include Magix Records, Clear Creek Records, Trackzone Records, 808 Nation, Royalty Cutz Records. If you see any song with their logo on it, take your patience to consume it, you wont regret.
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