Petit-Pays et les Sans Visas, X-Maleya,Yemi Alade, Jovi, Richard King and a score of budding musicians and traditional dance groups will perform at the first edition of the Bamenda Music and Arts Festival. Talking to journalists today September 30, 2014 at the Conference Hall of the Ayaba Hotel, the organizers confirmed that all contracts have been signed with the artists. The CEO of Project New Bamenda, Walters Tumngia said that the music and arts festival is organized by IN THE MOOV, a product of the Project New Bamenda. He added that Project New Bamenda is a label that carries a vision and reflects the dream of the city of Bamenda adequately exploiting its rich human capital, cultural and agricultural potentials. Walters announced that all is set for October 9 up to October 12, 2014 event. The avenue he added is the Bamenda Congress Hall. “The feedback is good”. To him, the dream is coming true at last and that the project started just as an idea. “We want Bamenda to have a new done in entertainment”.
The General Manager of Ntabeng Cooperative Credit Union one of the veritable of Project New Bamenda said the partnership is to develop new ideas and young people with ideas. It is worth mentioning that the Ntabeng Cooperative Credit Union is working with Project New Bamenda on 10 Successes. 10 Successes is a forum for business and business incentives which connects stakeholders in different sectors of the economy. The project he said is offering 100 loans to 100 participants as well as empowers beneficiaries in management skills. “We have the ideas but the fear not to succeed hinders us”. This project has been on air for long but many young people have not registered. Registration he noted is at about 40% only. The Ntambeng Credit Union he emphasized is the vision for youths.
On his part, Mustapha said that an estimated FCFA 13.8 has been disbursed for artists. He confirmed that all the artists listed would be present at the Bamenda Congress Hall. When quizzed on whether the big names could not be a scam, he said “we have paid all the artists and contracts have been signed”. The Divisional Officer for Bamenda II, the SDO for Mezam he said has Okayed the event.
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