Following a statement made via the online platform “Kamerkongossa“, the Buea DJs Association called for all artists and labels to register in their association before having their songs played.
Well, this statement has sparked a lot of controversy especially fueled by the allegations made against renowned Kamer artist and entrepreneur, Wax Dey.
Some of these DJs claim Wax Dey had payed this fee and thus other artists need to do same. Subsequently, Wax Dey’s publicist issued a statement debunking this allegation.
- “On behalf of my client, I wish to clarify this issue and state his position regarding thedemands:1. Wax Dey is unequivocally against the demand made by Buea Djs Associtaion onthe basis that it is misplaced. A Dj’s first role is to satisfy clients with good music, butalso to promote the musicians of his community – giving them a springboard to beheard beyond their own borders. With the support of Buea Djs, locals artistes such asMr Leo have been able to transcend the Buea sphere to national and internationalstardom. Asking artists to register and pay is akin to shattering the dreams of manyyoung and talented artists who need such exposure and cannot afford to pay Djs.2. Buea Djs will not ask Nigerian or even Francophone artists such as Lady Ponce orFranko to pay to be played. making it imperative for local acts to pay to be played isakin to destroying the local industry while giving an unfair advantage to othermusicians from outside Buea.3. Buea Dj’s jobs are made possible by Buea clients, who are fans of Buea musicians.Refusing to play their music is shooting themselves in the foot, as it will kill loungesand clubs. All that artistes need to do is come together too and refuse to pay! Theywill be well within their rights to do so, and the artists WILL win that battle!It is important to note that Wax Dey was instrumental in the formation of the Buea DjsAssociation. During the formation meeting, he called on the Djs to unite andconsistently find ways to improve their trade, build their brands and increase incomestreams, by for example, doing their own Dj remixes of good songs that would notonly make the artists more popular, but also enable the Djs themselves to get morebookings. Wax Dey called on them to recognize and be proud of the important rolethey played in artist development and to work more together to explore ways ofmaking that role more impactful. He offered them drinks and at their demand, somemoney to assist them kickstart the Association. At no point did he call on the Djs torequest payment as a prerequisite for playing artists’ songs. That is against my client’score principles of putting good music first.With regard to the above, My client is calling on artists to join him to ignore the callof Buea Djs Association. The music industry can only thrive in circumstances wheregood music prevails. Yes, Individual artists and labels can call on Djs services to assistthem in promoting a song, but for Djs to collide and place such blanket conditions onartists and record labels will be counterproductive to the development of the musicindustry.My client is still willing to continue to support the development of the Buea DjsAssociation as part of his interest in the overall growth of the entertainment industryin Cameroon – and he will encourage other artists who are willing and able to supportthem – but he also calls on the Buea Djs Association to reconsider their stance andretract their demands, for the good of the burgeoning Buea music industry.”Clarisse Ndingue, Wax Dey’s Publicist
It is thus a certainty that these DJs were orientated via this direction by Wax Dey and what so ever happens next needs to be sorted out between both parties. XOXO