He is coming from nowhere but he is changing a whole lot in the Cameroon music industry at the moment. Stanley Enow raps and he is not afraid to take his clear cut lyrics to the ends of his country and continent. He has something the indigenes badly need, he also has serious competition ahead of him but he relies on his sound and gut to take him far and wide.
The “Bayangi” native from the South West Region of Cameroon has managed to capture a large proportion of both the English and French speaking nationals in what he calls “pala pala rap”. Apparently, his own way of delivery goes back to who he truly is and where he is coming from. “I am a simple guy from a simple background and I do simple music for the simple people” See what I mean? His idea of reaching out to the common people has given his brand vast street credibility and has developed an intense cultural allegiance in Cameroon which meanders across every household like an unstoppable river. Even children scream «Hein Pere» with happiness and originality popping out their faces.
He may have been in the music business for over 3 years now but his debut single, “Hein Pere” has absolutely placed a crown on his head as a royal in the rap trade but to keep wearing it, the rapper needs to stay efficient, talented and relevant. “Hein Pere expresses astonishment, preaches preservation and hard work for our youths.” In this era where the youthful generation is more worried about the NOW than Tomorrow, Stanley has to do more than just music to give hope for his cohorts. “It’s an African rise up thing and it may not take an album nor my mistakes to send out the message but they still have to hear it come from someone who believes in change and a bright future”.
It’s never easy for a fresh breed to just take over but the rapper has in the past 4 months been on top of the chats, events that matter, met VIPs in the corporate world and was recently the opening act for the Indomitable Lions (Cameroon national football team) vs Libya World Cup qualifier in Yaounde with a capacity of more than 50,000 people in the stadium and he nailed it! People haven’t stopped talking!
His debut album titled, “Soldier Like Ma Papa” is still to come via Motherland Empire but the first single off that album “Hein Pere” has gotten him the biggest fan base he could ever imagine in the shortest possible time. “I’m totally grateful for everything happening right now. I love the fans for having my back and the media too for playing my track”. The sky is the beginning and there is no stopping him! However, many fear a future clash between his single and that of New Bell Music rap king Jovi LeMontre, “Don 4 Kwat” or a very stiff competition with other hits like “Line Loba” by Magasco, “Ebangha” by Steves Lil, or rap veterans like Krotal etc but the Bayangi Boy says, “No time for dirty fight men, pala pala. I've got good music to do. That’s where my focus is at” and we couldn't agree more…
Stanley Enow maybe an Anglophone from the minority region of Cameroon but his ability to deliver in both English, French, dialect and pidgin English signifies his delight in staying as simply as a “Cameroonian” or better still an «African» who has nothing but his music to bring change to his community. “I just want to do music to take my country out there too like the others do. I will always need God, family, friends, fans and my enemies to push me forward”. We have nothing else!
Watch «Hein Pere» below,