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.
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.
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.