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Fame Bee Launches Maiden Album 

By Walter Wilson Nana
— Fame Fakeh Bunyui, artistically known as Fame Bee, July 12, launched her debut album titled Don’t Touch at Alliance Franco-Camerounaise, AFC, Buea.

The album, Don’t Touch, has six tracks and contains the following songs; Don’t Touch, Since You’ve Been Gone, I Can Do, featuring Richard Kings, A Chaque Fois, done with Michel Guy, Way That You Love and Happy Day. The launch was also an occasion for the award-winning The Virgin’s Monologue, a play written by David Chuye Bunyui, father of Fame and dramatised by Fame Fakeh Bunyui.

It was performed in Buea for the first time after they (father and daughter) received the award in Paris, France, a year ago. The event highlighted father/daughter collaboration in the arts, while encouraging the talents embedded in the child to blossom.

Fame Bee said no matter the challenges, she will excel with determination. “If you are determined, you will make it. That’s my driving force. I invite Cameroonians to keep buying the CDs and keep listening to it. That’s the best way they can encourage me,” she said.

She expressed happiness at the feedback from the public following her debut performance. “It is difficult as a new artist to get accepted with a new album, but I am happy that people have begun to come closer to me and my music.”

Chuye Bunyui, Director of CRTV Southwest Region, said, “I have discovered that my daughter has other talents in the sidelines of journalism. It is never too much for somebody to have more than one talent to develop. I found it good to encourage her in her endeavours, especially in writing her songs, arranging them and more. As a father, it is my duty to encourage such a child.”

He said the notion of the yesteryears that parents did not encourage their children to pursue a career or a passion in the arts and music in particular was ignorance. “In our days, my parents used to beat me because I went playing football. Who knows, I might have been a big time footballer today like Samuel Fils Eto’o.

Some of us ran away because we played football in hiding. If you see a child like Fame with a lot of talents, please, encourage him or her. You never know what happens tomorrow,” he said. Fame Bee corroborated her father; “He was very happy that I could think about doing music. I remember imitating other artists and he told me; do your own songs. I was motivated to write and here I am in music.”

A fan at the launch, Mrs. Bertha Fonyam, expressed her satisfaction. “I’m impressed that the youths can do what we saw at the show. It’s an indication that they will do better than our generation. They should keep up with Cameroonian rhythms and cultures and make them competitive in the international scene. I go home now singing; I can do, I can do…”

Other musical artists who came to support Fame Bee included: Richard Kings, Bright Phase, The Crescendo and The Rhythms. Red Feather Production produced the CD of Fame Bee, who is a journalist at CRTV National Station in Yaounde.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01360

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