BGC Melody and Artist Elie Solo Drops a New Album Titled “C’est Mon Tour”

This release was announced a while ago when Congolese artist, Elie Solo dropped two videos; “BGC Melody,” a generic Ndombolo-Soukous anthem and “Ewawa,” an Afro Rumba ballad.

Elie Solo is a Congolese Afro Rumba and Soukous singer, songwriter, and guitar player, born to Kayombo Faustin Elie on January 1, 1992.

BGC Melody and Artist Elie Solo Drops a New Album Titled C’est Mon Tour
Elie Solo, singer, songwriter, guitarist, makes headlines with “C’est Mon Tour” album

As the third child out of a family of five, he was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, with origins from the Province of Bandundu. After attending École Primaire Complescolaire, Lomboto, he moved to École Secondaire Complescolaire, Mpumbu and later completed his university education at Université INA.

Elie Solo and his music career

Elie Solo started off his musical journey in 2002 as a choir leader at the famous Fepaco church in Nzambe Malamu, Kinshasa. His mastery of the guitar solo gave him the opportunity to accompany, either on stage or in the studio, renowned Congolese artists like Werrason, Ferre Gola, Didier Lacoste, Celeo Scram, Deplick Pomba, Innos B, Maman Abethy Esther, and many others.

Also addressed by fans as “Ange de Lumière” (Angel of Light) and “Le chat Rouge” (literally translated as The Red Cat), Elie Solo has a début independent album (Likimbi) and a total of 19 released songs to his credit and now a 2nd album “C’est mon tour.” Married to his guitar, Elie Solo is a supporter of the famous Spanish football club, Barcelona FC.

BGC Melody is one of the very few record labels operating in Cameroon since the years when Ekambi Brillant first introduced Angelique Kidjo. His aim was to produce artists based outside of Cameroon. It is the first known record label operating anywhere in Africa to launch two official videos worldwide. Most importantly, featuring the same artist on the same day.

You can purchase Elie Solo’s new spanking album, “C’est Mon Tour” on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play.

 

Why Cameroonian Artists Are Facing So Much Criticism on The #WeNeedPeace Song

Earlier this month, Salatiel — one of Cameroon’s well-known producers of the popular record label AlphaBetter Records, launched the WeNeedPeace project. He had hoped to inspire thousands of young Cameroonians to speak against the ongoing violence threatening Cameroon’s two trembling English-speaking regions. While he might have achieved this aim, his efforts, however, has received heavy criticisms from Cameroonians recently.

Worldwide, artists are known for their ardent contribution to promoting peace and preaching against violence through music.

With this in mind, Salatiel rallied some of Cameroon’s top musicians from across the country to add their voices to a peace campaign titled, #WeNeedPeace. The song features vocals from Salatiel, Nabila, Ko-C, Blanche Bailly, Daphne, Minks, Mr. Leo, Pit Baccardi, Blaise B, and Sango Edi. It shares a fervent message of peace and hopes to Cameroonians. This group of artists has become the driving force behind the vision of a united and peaceful Cameroon.

Failing to preach peace, they’ve become objects of ridicule

But the last few days have been gloomy for them as Cameroonians have blasted them for waiting two years after the country’s crisis to release a peace song. When the crisis began, many people cried out to their artists to use their talent and influence to champion the crusade against the violence. But it took them close to two years to answer this call.

Why Cameroonian Artists Are Facing Criticism on New Peace Songs

According to social media, some fans believe these artists have now decided to add their voices to the struggle because they sense the instability crossing the borders into the French-speaking regions of the country.

Why Cameroonian Artists Are Facing Criticism on New Peace Songs

While some Cameroonians have hailed artists like Magasco, Salatiel and Mr. Leo for releasing peace songs over a year ago, the bulk of the #WeNeedPeace artists have received widespread criticism.

The insecurity has forced most Anglophone artists to relocate to Douala. They have assembled to shoot the music video of #WeNeedPeace, and Dr. Nkeng Stephens  who is largely acclaimed as the best video director in Cameroon Entertainment will direct this historic video shoot.

Why Cameroonian Artists Are Facing Criticism on New Peace Songs