General Valsero does autopsy on president Biya of Cameroon

Valsero believes that power lies with the younger population , but at the moment he claims the future is bleak after 33 years of Mr Biya’s administration and encourages the youth to get themselves registered and vote.

An autopsy is usually carried out after a person dies to determine the exact causes of death, but one lucky man who is  witnessing his own ‘autopsy’ while still alive  is Cameroon’s  president, Paul Biya.

But unlike a medical autopsy done by a certified medical practitioner, Mr.Biya’s autopsy has been done by an fiery artist called General Valsero.

‘General Valsero is back with the autopsy of state crimes’’

This is the message that greets you when you land on the Twitter page of General Valsero, a young Cameroonian artist who considers himself as the ‘first mainstream rap star from Cameroon’

He might not have said anything new in his vituperative lyrics, but the courage and corrosive tone that Valsero muster to tear into the misfiring and moribund regime of President Paul Biya of Cameroon has won the admiration and commendation of Cameroonians both within and without the country.

General Valsero uses music as a tool to dissect the misfiring and moribund regime of president Paul Biya who has been ruling Cameroon for 33 years. There are indications the octogenarian will still stand for another term after successfully removing limits on presidential term in 2010

Ironically titled ‘Motion de Soutien’ ( Motion of support) the collection of eleven songs enumerate the misery, poverty, unemployment, corruption, nepotism and tribalism that have all become a way of life in Cameroon.

In ”Lettre au President”,  Valsero  lampoons  Mr Biya’s policies that have left  unemployed Cameroonians seething.

” Excuse president, your policies have excluded us the youth from national life; I spent years studying only to be met by unemployment upon graduation. Did you still remember you told us there was light at the end of the tunnel..?”

He says, Cameroonians are now left with no alternative but to drown their misery and contempt  with ’33 Export’ a popular beer in Cameroon.

Like the defunct Fela Ransom Kuti and Lapiro de Mbanga, Valsero believes that power lies with the population and he encourages the youth to register and vote.

In spite of the misery and uncertainty that hover over Cameroonian youths, Valsero has this say in one of his tracks captioned ‘Va Voter’ (cast your votes)

‘‘In any real democracy voting is the way to get your voice heard. Don’t compromise your future, cast your vote or else you will never be heard’’ the feisty artist maintains.

The young artist’s frustration, anger and commitment to change is a mirror of how a considerable chunk of Cameroonians feel about the regime or Mr Paul Biya who has been in power since 1982.

In one of the tracks captioned ‘Hold Up’, Valsero, whose real name is Abe Gaston, vents his anger at Biya saying the 33 years of ‘Biyaism has been 33 years of waste and drunkenness’.

Valsero, a trained post and telecommunications engineer, stops short of calling Cameroonians to sit back and watch nature takes it course on Mr Biya.

‘‘Tu veux garder le cameroun pour toi, ok on te le laisse, oui vas y prends le si tu veux et etouffe toi avec, on prefere prendre la mer et mourir parmi les poisons, Il n’a plus de chances de s’en sortir au milieu des requins’’

{You want to keep Cameroun for yourself; ok we leave it to you, take it and choke yourself with it. It is preferable to die at sea (attempt to cross over Europe and the US} among fishes; there are no more chances left than to die in the middle of the sharks at sea}

Reactions to Valsero’s  scathing attack on president Biya and his cronies seems to have gone down well with Cameroonians.

Cameroonian journalist and blogger , Solomon Amambo writes:

‘How can we ban Valsero’s bomb from www…? Certainly they must have asked Radio and TV houses in Cameroon not to air Valsero’s new release “Motion de Soutien (Motion of support) like they did to Lapiro de Mbanga’s last album ” Demissioner”

General Valsero
The fiesty Valsero  having his fingers crossed. While some Cameroonians say ‘Motion de Soutien’  is an anthem of despair, others claim  Valsero has given them the ‘string to commit suicide’

Petrus Tonus Ngongus writes on his facebook wall ‘Let it be posted to the sites of all those government officials. I’ll do my best.’’

Another Cameroonian journalist, Angie Forbin has this to say:

‘If ‘Gandja’ is what gives Cameroonian recording artist Valsero the type of inspiration he has to come up with such thought provoking songs on the evils of the BIYA regime , ( to me the young man is a real Local Bob Marley when it comes to lyrical content forgive the hyperbole) then I guess it’s time for me to buy’

”This is an anthem of despair; Valsero you have given us a string to commit suicide’’ writes Galedou Soumy.

Another anonymous Cameroonian tweeted ‘ Lord General Valsero, you have successfully made me to shed tears’ where is our humanity?

Some media outlets in Cameroon claim that Valsero, who shot to prominence in 2008 with his first album ‘Politikement Instable’ (Political instability) has been conspicuously absent from Cameroon.

His latest album “Motion de Soutien” has been making the rounds in Cameroon and seems to have gone down well with over 40.000 views on You Tube and other social media platforms.

Ange Ngu Thomas

Author: Ange Ngu Thomas

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