Queen of African pop, Yemi Alade, has joined forces with Cameroonian singer and reality TV star, Wax Dey to collaborate on a new hit song called ‘Saka Makossa’, directly translated as Dance Makossa.
Saka Makossa appears on the surface as a vain song about two self-indulgent young people who want to have fun, and show off while doing so. But in reality, it pays tribute to a genre of music known as Makossa, by asking those who want to join in their fun to dance to Makossa.
Makossa a popular dance of the Douala people of Cameroon and the song is meant to highlight the influence of the genre in today’s international pop music. Just like Michael Jackson, Rihanna and P-Square have done before; it has been adapted from Cameroonian jazz maestro, Manu Dibango’s 1972 Billbooard hit, Soul Makossa.
In the song Wax Dey can be heard vainly and humorously recounting his good life that attracts women – he references the fact that he has own reality TV show, ‘Number One Girl’ and states that ‘Ban Kim Moon di snap with me’ (Even Ban Kim Moon poses for photos with me). Yemi hits back that she can match him pound for pound (If you spray I go spray). In the end, all they want is for each other to drop the talk and dance to the beautiful sound of Makossa, just like Samuel Eto’o and Cameroonian President Paul Biya!
Saka Makossa was originally recorded in 2014, but the pair only decided to release it now through Lolhiphop Records and Effizie Music Group.
‘We thought, what’s the rush, good music is timeless’, said Yemi Alade.
She added: ‘This is my first collaboration with a Cameroonian, and I’m proud and happy that it is such a great, beautiful song, done with one of the young icons of Cameroonian entertainment. But I was also really happy because the collaboration opened me up to understand Wax Dey better as a person and as an activist. We share a lot of common values in uplifting our communities, and he encouraged me to participate in ONE Campaign’s Strong Girl song, which he was busy planning.’
Wax Dey had nothing but praise for Yemi Alade. ‘Working with Yemi Alade on this song was incredible. Her passion, humility and talent are incomparable, and I instantly saw that this one artist we’ll still be dancing to in 30 years time. She is truly the Miriam Makeba of our generation – so having her join me to pay homage to Makossa is indeed an honour not just for me, but for Cameroon and Cameroonian music as a whole’.
Wax Dey performs on Sunday 15 November at the All Africa Music Awards in Lagos, Nigeria. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade is slated to perform two shows in Cameroon on 24 and 26 December.
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DOWNLOAD AUDIO: Wax Dey - Saka Makossa Ft. Yemi Alade (5.2 MiB, 616 hits)