8.05.2013

Afternoon Afrobeat (#62): 'Wa Fun Mi Sugar' by Naomi Achu

Photo via Naomi Achu Official Facebook
Today marks 36 days until my departure for Cameroon. In addition to desperately needing to practice my French, my other self-assigned homework is to get to know Cameroonian music – a task a bit harder than if I were moving to, say, Nigeria or Ghana.

Regardless, I’ve finally found some decent music coming from ‘Africa in Miniature’ to can get me excited. I’ve previously written about the talented Cameroon singer Ntjam Rosie, whose music I am now completely in love with. Today’s Afternoon Afrobeat is yet another female Cameroonian singer - Naomi Achu.

Naomi Achu, the self-titled “Queen of Bamenda” given that she was born in the city of Bamenda, Cameroon, is the last of six children to a school teacher and a retired diplomat to the Cameroonian Embassy in London. Naomi’s passion for music began while she was in London at the age of nine and continued through her high school years in Limbe, Cameroon. When she moved to Buea, Cameroon she perfected her musical talents and began singing as a back-up for artists at M1 Studios.

After Naomi’s move to the United States she released her first EP in 2009 titled “No Boundaries”, a mixtape in 2010 called “Camerican Dream”, and finally her first album in 2011 titled “Positive Energy”. Naomi received much acclaim for her album which led to her winning the Best Female Artist award of the Cameroon Entertainment Awards in 2012. 

Connect with Naomi Achu: Twitter || Facebook ||Website

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