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Artists Sing For Peace 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

Musicians under the umbrella of the Association of Cameroon English-speaking Musicians, ACEM, have released an album titled: "Let Peace Remain." The album was launched at a concert in Yaounde, recently.

Anglophone musicians (on stage) singing for peace

In an interview with The Post after the concert, ACEM President, Francis Ateh, aka Ateh Bazor, said 15 musicians took part in the composition of the song, while 43 English-speaking musicians drawn from the Northwest and Southwest Regions performed during its launching.
On what prompted such a song, Bazor said 2011 is a very delicate year in Cameroon because of the forthcoming Presidential Election. He said dissenting voices and threats are already being heard from some stakeholders on the political scene concerning the organisational process of the election.

"The declaration by the main opposition party that election would not take place in Cameroon under the present dispensation constitutes a potential danger to peace," he stated, adding that "the situation in Cameroon is not very different from what we find in other countries. That is why ACEM thought it wise to begin to nurture and preserve peace through the song." Ateh maintained that the presentation of the peace song with peace plants (nkeng) in hand was a strong symbol.

He hinted that similar peace concerts will be organised soon in Buea, Douala and Bamenda.
He appealed to lovers of peace to financially support the initiative to enable them attain their objective. "We are currently working on the video clip of the peace song which we intend to promote in Cameroon and beyond," he said.

While praising ACEM for the initiative, Communication Minister, Issa Tchiroma, who was present at the launching, promised his support. He emphasised on the importance of peace in all development endeavours. He also used the occasion to call on the media to promote the peace idea being propagated by ACEM.

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