The area where we live has a number of bars in nearby and there is also a large hotel across the road that plays loud karaoke into the night. So, even though we’re set back from the main road a bit, it can be a bit loud in the evening (the karaoke crowd likes Celine Dion). But subconsciously, we are all becoming familiar with Cameroonian pop songs — even if we aren’t actively seeking them out. They get pumped into our heads as we sleep, or try to sleep.
This particular song has played frequently at night and I started recognizing it often as I was at the grocery store and other contexts. And now I can share it with you all — try listening to it as you fall asleep.
Also noteworthy is its interesting uses of cam franglais: lyrics like “Est-ce que tu know que je t’aime” is strangely appropriately Cameroonian, as well as the general mix of languages throughout the song.
(Disclaimer — I’ve attached the music video, and while it doesn’t contain anything you can’t put on youtube, it is a music video and therefore might not be appropriate for everyone). Click “Continue reading…” (if you see it) to continue to the video.