Wax Dey, the Afro Urban Artiste from Cameroon

Wax Dey has proven himself to be one of the most versatile artiste from Cameroon whose craft has popularized him amongst great talents in the African entertainment industry. Started out at an early age as a young enthusiast who developed his music career while in his school choir where he wrote his first song, led an advocacy to change the music scene in Cameroon, organized and performed at musical concerts, while aiming to introduce a new culture of show business, all these activities helped him to nurture his artistic and entrepreneurial skills.

In 2005, his passion for music led him to begin his own record label Lolhiphop Records. This development birth his first album, which promoted him as the first new school anglophone artist to break into the music circuit in Cameroon.

He went on to produce his first album titled Ali gets his Arm, a 14 track album that portrayed his personality as vivacious in nature. Ali gets his Arm was a song about the plight of Ali Ismail Abbas of Iraq, a 12-year-old boy who had lost his limbs and the entire family in the Iraq war. Wax protests with his song “Ali gets his arms, but he has no one to run to”. This song endeared him to lots of his fans across the continent.

African Soul, his 2008 release after he moved to South Africa for further studies, told his musical journey, while reflecting on his Afro-soul skills as an artiste. It portrayed his pursuit of dreams as an African who leaves his country for greener pastures in South Africa. This album illustrates his humanitarian activism, using his voice to render inspiration and support to other Africans. A song from the album ‘Butterfly‘ was adopted by the City of Jo’burg in their international “reality” tourism campaign, a campaign that uses Wax’s image and achievements to attract other entrepreneurial youths to the City of Gold.

In 2009, African Dream was released as a semi-biography, also a story-telling album, using a strong Urban Afro sound. This album re announced his presence as a gifted artiste and his sense of advocacy. It also boosted his career, as he went ahead to get featured in several humanitarian programme and music campaign in South Africa.

In 2016, his 360 Degree album once again portrayed his soulful artistry, he translates into songs all his experiences and influences gathered from all the African countries he has visited. A mixture of sounds from different African regions like House music from South African, Afrobeat from West Africa, Zouk from the Carribean, Makossa & Njang from Cameroon RnB & Hip Hop from the west. The 11 track album featured top artiste across Africa including Yemi Alade, Omawumi, Banky W, Runtown, Kayswitch, and Shaydee from Nigeria; Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Simphiwe Dana, Lection, Jaden and Ruff Sketch from South Africa; and Stanis from Cameroon.

In 2017, he released the album titled Final Light, with a more pronounced RnB and hiphop direction. An album where he featured more of the new generation Afropop artiste like Minks, Nasty C, Uzzy, Cassper Nyovest, Yemi Alade, and Banky W. A single off the album titled after the Iconic South African inspirational musical group ‘Ladysmtih Black Mambazo’  which featured South African rapper, Young Scar, a tribute to hard working and successful Africans such as Samuel Eto’o, Fela Kuti and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The musician, writer, performer and entrepreneur also has a career in Broadcasting as a TV presenter on African Magic, Dstv, in addition to having his own reality TV show.

Some of his achievements include; being the first Cameroonian to appear and perform on the TV show, Big Brother Africa in 2014, named by Ladybrille Magazine as ”Man of the Month”, for the use of music in spreading awareness among African youths in May 2010, awarded top 35 Africans under the age of 35 by Young People in International Affairs (YPIA) in 2014, Avance Media named him among Cameroon’s 50 Most Influential Yong People in 2016 among others.

Wax Dey won the award for Best African Collaboration “Coco na Chocolate”, an Agricultural advocacy campaign song featuring 19 other African artiste in 2014 and best male artist in Central Africa in 2016 at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) held in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

 

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