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SW Presents 2 Candidates At Mutzig Song Competition Final 

By Ernest Sumelong

The Southwest Region has presented two candidates at this year’s final of the Mutzig National Song Competition organised by the brewery company, Les Brasseries du Cameroun. The final to take place at the Castel Hall, Douala, June 19, would have four finalists; two from the Southwest, one from the West and one from Littoral regions.The Southwest representatives; Zinnia Bemo and Jerry, were selected following a tour of the ten major towns of the region a month ago.

These two joined six other contestants at the national level, which Les Brasseries du Cameroun got following a national tour. The eight competed in Yaounde, Bamenda and in Buea on June 4 in front of the Molyko Omnisports Complex from where they were finally narrowed down to four.

Following the national tour, one of the Southwest Representatives, Zinnia emerged overall best, while Jerry was fourth. Speculations are high that the first prize may come to the Southwest Region through Zinnia who has had an overall best performance in the preliminary rounds.

At the final in Douala, the four would be competing to grab the FCFA 1 million put forth by Les Brasseries du Cameroun as cash prize for the champion. Also, the champion would have his album produced and promoted by Les Brasseries. Unlike previous years when laureates received money and had their album produced, the champ this year would ride home a Peugeot 204 vehicle. It would be recalled that in 2007, the Southwest Region presented two candidates at the final; Emmanuel Kimbi and Aaron Mbi, who emerged 3rd and fourth respectively. In 2008, the Southwest again had a candidate in the person of Ndome Corine.

Speaking to The Post, a former finalist, Emmanuel Kimbi, expressed optimism that the Zinnia would make the Region proud by bringing home the coveted first prize and the car. He said they are all indebted to Les Brasseries du Cameroun in general and especially the former Southwest Regional Manager, Daniel Tchakounang, for developing their musical talents.

"My musical skills have been developed and I have gained popularity throughout the country even though the production of my album is still on the way. I have written new songs but I don’t have a producer," Kimbi said.The rising artist said they (former laureates) hope to form an associate and help train younger artist with the collaboration of Les Brasseries du Cameroun.

The General Manager of Les Brasseries du Cameroun, Andre Siaka, in a statement during one of the finals, said the National Song Competition is a way of thanking its numerous customers, especially fans of the beer Mutzig. He said their aim is to invest in and promote talents in the Cameroonian youth. The National Song Competition that was initiated some two decades ago is now an annual competition and it has produced some of Cameroon’s prominent musical artists.

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