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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 7 (yes, 7!) - Douala - R&R and Grilled fish

Posted by Keri Chryst on March 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Sleeping in!!  What a luxury after this hectic week of bouncing around the Cameroonian countryside!  That said, I'm on such a schedule, that I decide not to overindulge, and rather make arrangements to join Mignon and Mathias to make a visit to the local artisinal craft market before heading to lunch.

 

I hate to say it, but unlike some of the other similar m...

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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 6 - Douala - French Institute - Rockin' the House!!

Posted by Keri Chryst on March 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We show up at the venue dressed to kill and are pleased to be greeted by the Ambassador and his wife once again!  They came down for a conference yesterday, and actually made a point of sticking around so they could attend our concert.  I'm flattered!  

 

We're introduced to a few other dignitaries, et al, and then are whisked back stage where we find our f...

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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 5 -Entrepreneurship Workshop, Travel, and a late night TV Interview

Posted by Keri Chryst on March 2, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

10 o'clock start for the workshop with local musicians at the Alliance Française where we had the concert last night.  They've brought together about a dozen guys (no ladies!?) with whom we're meant to talk about the Entrepreneurial side of being a musician today.   A lot of the same issues are raised as were in both Lomé (Togo) and Yaoundé...

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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 4 - Travel to Bamenda & French InstituteConcert

Posted by Keri Chryst on March 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The early bird gets to Bamenda in time for the concert... Our generous hosts have come to realized that they pushed us awfully hard yesterday though, and make arrangements to postpone the interview planned at the radio station "Hot Cocoa" in Bamenda.  It's a shame to pass up on the opportunity for publicity, but I must say I'm relieved.  

 

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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 3 - Yaounde - Radio, Kids Concert & Masterclass

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 29, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Leap Day!  I figure since the 29th only happens once every 4 years... it's kind of like a gift - out of time, so to speak.  And this is certainly a day "hors norme".

 

It starts with an early call (8:30) to head over to a local radio station KalakFM for a quick and dirty interview.  We are immediately impressed by the hosts of the sho...

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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 2 - Yaounde - Rehearsal & Ambassador's Concert

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Thankfully the schedule's light today AND coffee is readily available ;-)  We start off with a short trip to the Embassy - looks pretty much like all the others... don't know if I've mentioned that there's actually a rule that all new Embassies are on the same floor plan with the same architectural design!  We're greeted by Ambassador Robert Jackson who sits d...

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Cameroon Chronicles - Day 1 - Travel - Yaounde

Posted by Keri Chryst on February 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Charles de Gualle airport, once again.  About to board, and my boarding pass sets off a nasty beep accompanied by a flashing red light... "One moment, Madame..."  the attendant zips over to a different desk and comes back carrying a new boarding card "You've been upgraded!". 

Cool!  Unfortunately, they didn't put two and two together that I was...

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