Niger: Cameroonian singer denied entry visa to hold concert
Nigerian authorities denied Cameroonian singer Franko an entry visa to Niger on moral grounds that his current hit, ‘Coller la petite’, “violates the customs of the country”, reported music industry news portal Music in Africa on 15 February 2016.
The singer was scheduled to hold a concert in Niamey on 13 February 2016.
Franko’s viral hit, which has over 24 million views on YouTube as of the writing of this article, first drew controversy when authorities in his native region of Bafoussam in western Cameroon, banned the sale, distribution and playing of the song, according to Trace TV on 3 November 2015.
Regional authorities interpreted lyrics in the song to promote incest as one of the lines in the song, which loosely translated means ‘hold on tight to the girl’, says to hold on “even if it’s your sister, your cousin, or your aunt”, reported Vice’s Thump site on 9 November 2015.
Photo is a screen grab from the artist’s video on YouTube
» Music in Africa – 15 February 2016:
Niger: Franko concert cancelled under questions of morals
» Jeune Afrique – 12 February 2016:
Niger: Franko concert cancelled in Niamey on moral grounds
» Thump – 9 November 2015:
This viral club hit has been banned in Cameroon for promoting incest
» Trace TV – 3 November 2015:
‘Coller la petite’: The song was censored in Cameroon