School drop-out; Stanis, ready to become Cameroon’s rap king as he signs
record deal with Calabash Music Group.
Cameroon’s new international music label, Calabash Music, has announced the signing of its first
hip hop artist, Stanis
Born Chi Tata Stanislas in Bamenda, in 1988, Stanis ‘Le Dragon’ is a Buea-based guitarist,
rapper and singer from a family of five. Stanis’ music can be described as Afro-trap.
He attended primary and secondary school in Yaounde and Douala , which has enabled him to
express himself and sing perfectly in English and French. But he was forced to drop out of
University of Yaoundé 2 (Soa) because of financial difficulties.
Having nothing to turn to, he poured his emotions into music, and started recording demos in
Buea. One of his songs fell in the hands of Cornel, a South African based Cameroonian music
producer signed to Calabash Music. The A&R committee at Calabash auditioned his music and
were impressed by his versatility, singing and rapping ability, inimitable rhythms and hard punch
lines. After a couple of meetings at Calabash Music offices in Akwa Douala, a deal was reached
with Calabash Music’s A&R, Wax Dey.
Stanis joins Calabash Music raring to take over the Cameroonian hip hop scene.
“Calabash Music is really excited to have such a talented rapper on board – we shall move
swiftly to release material we are working on because Cameroon is hungry for new talent that
can be sold to the world.”, says Clarisse Ndinge, Calabash Music publicist.
“I write my music with the help of a guitar, but my rap music is very commercial-oriented. I
make music for the masses and I’m ready to take over. My team is fire. Cameroonian hip hop
will not be the same after Stanis – so watch this space”, says Stanis.