Posted by: Dr. Y. | February 6, 2017

CAN 2017: The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are Africa’s New Champions

Lion

Lion

Last night, the Pharaohs of Egypt took a stroll in the savanna and were eaten by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. Oh yes… the Egyptians, 7th time African champions, finally bowed down to the Cameroonians, who last night became 5th time African champions. The Cameroonian team broke the curse to defeat the Egyptians… who on all previous meets had always beaten Cameroon.

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Flag of Cameroon

So last night, Cameroon won its 5th African Cup of Nations to become, after Egypt, the most titled African country in soccer. Needless to say that this relatively young Cameroonian squad surprised everybody to first make it through the qualifying turn, and then defeat countries such as Senegal in quarter-finals, and Ghana in semi-finals, to make it into the final against Egypt.

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Stylized face of Shesepamuntayesher depicted on her coffin (Source: National Geographic)

Flag of Egypt

Flag of Egypt

The final score of the Cameroon-Egypt game was 2-1 in favor of Cameroon, even though the Egyptians were ahead 1-0 at the end of the first half, they could not stop the Cameroonian turbo machine, which came back to win 2-1. I raise a special hat to the Indomitable Lions’ goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, who to me, is truly the reason Cameroon made it that far in the competition. And to think that he doesn’t even have an official club, shows how determined and hard-working this young player is. At the end of the game, the players all wore the number 17, in honor of Marc-Vivien Foé, who had passed on on the field several years back. The last time Cameroon had won the African Cup of Nations was in 2002. Special salutes to this young squad of Cameroon, and our wishes is that they truly work hard to make it further, and always make us proud, and make it back as a great nation of soccer.


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  1. Hurrah and hearty congrats to your team, Dr. Y

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  2. I know it’s a past article, but it’s cool that Cameroon won the last African Cup of Nations. Interesting fact: I own a Cameroon 1994 World Cup cap. I bought after finding out that I had some Cameroonian in my DNA sample and it’s up there with Congo in that test as far as my African DNA is concerned.

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    • Oh wow… 1994 Cameroon World Cup cap? Amazing… send me a picture… or post it on your blog… I am sure lots of people would love it.
      I didn’t know you had some Cameroonian ancestry. Welcome brother… Where in Cameroon did they say you came from?

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      • Yup. I got it for dirt cheap on eBay and it’s still in great condition. The price tag was still on it when I opened up the package. I’ll email you a picture of it whenever I can. Maybe a blog post with my African caps would be cool, too. I’ll figure something out.

        Yes, and it was right there with the Congo. Thank you! I’ve certainly been getting into the music from there like Mr. Leo and Salatiel to name a few. Unfortunately, I don’t know which part(s) of the country where they came from. The test didn’t go that far, but it would be something I’d like to research. I was surprised that I had DNA from Central Africa being the majority of my African samples.

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      • Mr Leo and Salatiel are some of Cameroonians best new talents. You should also check out Locko as well, Charlotte Dipanda in the new generation. There are also some good old-timers like Ben Decca, Sam Fan Thomas, Bebe Manga, Tala Andre Marie (James Brown copied one of his songs – he is also blind like Stevie Wonder), and many more…

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      • Sweet! I’m glad you know them, too. It’s awesome when I get to talk about music with others especially with international artists or obscure ones. I’ll definitely check out those musicians.

        James Brown copied a song? OH, WOW…

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      • Yes… he did:
        https://afrolegends.com/2015/05/22/andre-marie-tala-cameroons-blind-musical-virtuoso/

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      • I just checked out your article and listened to both songs side by side. OH MY GOD! All James Brown did was slow it down a bit and use English lyrics. I’m glad he finally owned up to it. You know, I’ve been researching a lot of plagiarism controversies and other things lately and this just blew my mind. It was like listening to “Oops Upside Your Head” by The Gap Band and realizing “Uptown Funk” stole from it. Another example of obvious music theft is “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran ripping off “Amazing” by Matt Cardle. Those choruses are note-for-note! That and Led Zeppelin stealing from a TON of musicians, but that would take forever to detail them.

        Also, let’s talk about African musicians getting ripped off. I found out recently that the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was plagiarized from the South African musician Solomon Linda who was swindled of royalties and died penniless. His heirs didn’t get money or credit for Solomon until 2006 when they sued the licensing company and Disney for the song. I heard there’s a documentary that came out this year called The Lion’s Share which deals with the plagiarism and lawsuit.

        Even more recently, Beyonce and Disney are under fire for the music video for her new song “Spirit” as it copied imagery, scenes, and costumes from the South African (although of Congolese/Angolan descent) singer Petite Noir’s long form video of “La Maison Noir”. Seriously? Those two examples are shameful and it really proves that The Lion King ripped off more than just Kimba the White Lion or trademarking the Hakuna Matata phrase. Leave African culture alone!

        By the way, thank you for informing me about Andre Marie Tala. I will definitely check out more of his discography! I’m thankful to be exposed to more quality African music. 🙂

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      • Thanks for sharing these examples of plagiarism in the American music industry. There are so many examples of plagiarism of African artists by Western ones that it is appalling. Another one: the Cameroonian song ‘Elongi’ by Ekambi Brillant, copied by the Greek singer Demis Roussos as ‘kyrila;’ Not sure if he paid Ekambi…
        Thanks also for talking about Solomon Linda and the song ‘Mbube’ or ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’… such a beautiful song! and to know that its author died penniless is heartbreaking.

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      • You’re welcome, Dr. Y. I can’t stand seeing people ripping off others and originality means a lot to me. I didn’t even know that even though I’m not familiar with those musicians. I’ll listen to both songs to see how similar they are with each other.

        No problem! I didn’t know that until very recently and and it was very sad how Solomon Linda didn’t get royalties when his song was plagiarized when it was a Top 20 hit in America. Decades later, The Lion King would make $15 million in royalties off of that song alone and that’s not counting the Broadway version. I’m glad the Linda family eventually got justice and for Solomon’s name to get writing credit.

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      • I am glad too, that the Linda family finally got justice, and Solomon could get the credit he deserved.

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      • I just saw The Lion’s Share last night. That was a chilling watch and I didn’t realize how crazy the lawsuit was. Solomon did get credit at the end, but I think I spoke too soon when it came to the settlement money because it ended up not being what it seemed.

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      • Oh Wow! I have to go watch it.

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      • Yes! Put it on your Netflix queue whenever you can. I’ve learned more about the song, copyright laws, and cultural aspects watching that doc. One of the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes a brief cameo when talking about the Mbube subgenre of South African choral music which is named after Solomon’s original song.

        Here’s what I consider to be the most impacting quote of the movie from one of the daughters Delphi (context: this is the translation from Zulu): “To think that the people of The Lion King are earning large sums of money with my father’s song. We were wounded that the children of the songwriter [would] go hungry, but the Americans are fat with our father’s song. That hurt.”

        I’m totally going to review this documentary for my Iridium Eye blog since I’m break the hiatus on that one.

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      • Yes you should review this documentary for your Iridium Eye blog… definitely… it is a must!

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      • I really want to. I got my notes ready and I want to give this doc more exposure. Speaking of movies, Iridium Eye is off hiatus. I posted reviews on Felicite, the Staff Benda Bilili documentary, and an Uruguayan film called Gigante.

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      • Ok. thanks. I will go check it out.

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      • You’re welcome. Also, thanks for following that page, too.

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      • I just listened to both songs and they were so identical! I did find out that Ekambi Brilliant’s name was on the credits of the Demis Roussos song, so I guess there were royalties and credit given in my research so far.

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      • Thanks for sharing… and for the information.

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      • No problem. I’ve been learning a lot thanks to you.

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