My new album is called Escape Route, out February 28th 2017. It is inspired by real events.
I was born and grew up in Cameroon. So a few years ago I went back home to visit the family for the first time in about a decade.
I had forgotten just how bright and colourful the country was. I didn't think I would but I wrestled with culture shock and for a time, my surroundings felt alien to me.
The heat I grew up in was now uncomfortable. I struggled to cope with it. The street markets that skilled me for life no longer accepted me and I felt out of place.
Once I took a call in a restaurant. After talking to my dad, I remember my cousin telling me not to speak English in public. She whispered I sounded foreign and drew too much attention. I was oblivious to all this and hated myself for standing out so much. It felt like losing a big part of my childhood. At that moment I was more London than I was Bamenda. To regain my sense of belonging, but largely for security, I only spoke Pidgin English for the remainder of the trip.
Besides all my cultural inadequacies, I had forgotten how much I loved the people; how uplifting, witty and funny some of my family members were. I had forgotten how much range and depth they had to their humour and unique personalities.
This album is dedicated to my broken but ever-present family. You bring joy, not only to me but to the world.
The skits in this album are real conversations; recordings from my hidden iPhone.
Every download from my website comes with a little narrative of how your purchase came to be.
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