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By Nadege Lekungha Sama — The Bright Phase, a group of three Cameroonian musicians, has remarked that there is little hope for aspiring musicians as Cameroonians do not want to let go of old fashion music. The three artists were speaking in Yaoundé over the weekend during their 10th anniversary of their singing together and the launching of their third album.

Speaking during the celebration, Bright Phase leader, Sylva Bright, said there is need to promote and encourage young Cameroonian musicians. He said ever since he started his career, he has had a lot of difficulties in the music sector as priority is often given to old timers while little attention is paid to younger generation with newer ideas.

Sylva further explained that music in Cameroon is evolving in a very low pace unlike in other countries they visited in their musical tours around the world. However, Sylva says if they get full support from Cameroonians, the music industry can grow and help young talents also sprout.

Also speaking during the ceremony, Bright Phase’s Pally said that having emerged in 2003, their music group has as mission to use inspirational, gospel music to connect people from the dark phase of life to a bright phase. Pally further said that with this aim in mind, the impact of the group quickly spread as they organised concerts at home and abroad.

The Post learnt the group, which was initially made up of four members and now three, was nominated in 2008 as one of the best groups in Central Africa to represent Cameroon in the Kora All Music Awards. They are also known to have won awards like the CUMA Award, the Cameroon Urban Music Award and have held lots of concerts in countries like Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, and Nigeria amongst others.

The lone female in the group, Zinnia, told The Post that this gathering was to enable them tell their story. According to her, only when they build as one that they have been able to stand the test of time, irrespective of culture, religion or intellectual background, as it is elaborated in “Build The Nation”, one of their album tracks.

First published in The Post print edition no 01424

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