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Culture Of Cameroon

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Music and dance

Cameroonian rituals, festivals, social gatherings, and storytelling all include music and dancing. Traditional dances are carefully structured and segregate men and women, or prohibit one sex from participating at all. Dances serve a variety of purposes, from sheer amusement to religious devotion. Music has always been passed down orally. A chorus of singers echoes a soloist in a typical performance.

Traditional instruments include dancers’ bells, clappers, drums and talking drums, flutes, horns, rattles, scrapers, stringed instruments, whistles, and xylophones; the precise mix varies by ethnic group and area. Some singers execute whole songs on their own, accompanied by a harp-like instrument.

Ambasse bey of the coast, assiko of the Bassa, mangambeu of the Bangangte, and tsamassi of the Bamileke are all popular music genres. Anglophone Cameroonian artists have been inspired by Nigerian music, and Prince Nico Mbarga’s highlife song “Sweet Mother” is the best-selling African single of all time.

Makossa and bikutsi are the most popular music genres. Makossa is a Douala-based band that combines folk, highlife, soul, and Congo music. In the 1970s and 1980s, artists like as Manu Dibango, Francis Bebey, Moni Bilé, and Petit-Pays popularized the style throughout the globe. The Ewondo created Bikutsi as a kind of battle music. Beginning in the 1940s, artists like Anne-Marie Nzié transformed it into a popular dance song, and singers like Mama Ohandja and Les Têtes Brulées popularized it worldwide in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Cuisine

Although regional cuisine differs, a big, one-course evening meal is typical across the nation. Cocoyams, maize, cassava (manioc), millet, plantains, potatoes, rice, or yams are common ingredients, which are frequently crushed into dough-like fufu. This is accompanied with a sauce, soup, or stew consisting of greens, groundnuts, palm oil, or other components. Meat and fish are popular but pricey additions, with chicken often saved for rare occasions. Dishes are often spicy, seasoned with salt, red pepper sauce, and Maggi.

Although silverware is popular, food is typically handled with the right hand. Breakfast consists of bread and fruit leftovers with coffee or tea. Generally, wheat flour is used in a variety of morning dishes such as puff-puff (doughnuts), accra banana (made from bananas and flour), bean cakes, and many more. Snacks are popular, particularly in bigger cities where they may be purchased from street sellers.

Traditional lunchtime beverages include water, palm wine, and millet beer, but beer, soda, and wine have gained popularity. 33 Export beer, along with Castel, Amstel, and Guinness, is the official drink of the national soccer team and one of the most popular brands.

Local arts and crafts

Throughout the nation, traditional arts and crafts are practiced for economic, ornamental, and religious reasons. Woodcarvings and sculptures are particularly popular. The western highlands’ high-quality clay is ideal for pottery and ceramics. Basket weaving, beading, brass and bronze working, calabash carving and painting, embroidery, and leather working are some of the other crafts. Traditional housing designs make use of locally available materials and range from nomadic Mbororo’s temporary wood-and-leaf shelters to southern peoples’ rectangular mud-and-thatch houses. Buildings constructed of materials such as cement and tin are becoming more prevalent. Independent cultural groups (Doual’art, Africréa) and artist-run projects are primarily responsible for promoting contemporary art (Art Wash, Atelier Viking, ArtBakery).

How To Travel To Cameroon

By plane Cameroon may be accessed through the following routes: Paris (Air France)Brussels (Brussels Airlines)Lagos (Virgin Nigeria and Bellview Airlines)Nairobi (Kenya Airways)Amsterdam (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines)Casablanca (Royal Air Maroc)Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Airlines)Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) Airport personnel, or just hangers-on, may attempt to assist with baggage in order to get more euros/dollars from...

How To Travel Around Cameroon

By plane Camair-Co is presently flying domestically and as a national airline. By train Camrail, operates rail services from Yaoundé, the capital, to Douala, the maritime city, and Ngaoundéré, the northern metropolis. While bus travel to Douala is faster and more dependable, the best method of ground transportation to the north is...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Cameroon

Except for residents of Mali, Chad, the Central African Republic, and Nigeria, the majority of visitors will need a visa, which should be obtained before to arrival. There are several types of visas available, including airport transit visas, visitor visas for visiting friends and family in Cameroon, business visas for...

Destinations in Cameroon

Cities in Cameroon Yaoundé (French speaking)Bafoussam (French speaking)Bamenda (English speaking)Buea (English speaking)Douala — the largest city and main centre of trade in Cameroon. (French speaking)Garoua (French speaking)Limbe (English speaking)Ngaoundere (French speaking) Other destinations in Cameroon Dja Faunal Reserve is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.Korup National ParkMt. Cameroon, the highest mountain...

Money & Shopping in Cameroon

Cameroon uses the Central African CFA franc (XAF). The Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon all use it. While the CFA franc (XAF) and the Western African CFA franc (XOF) are technically distinct currencies, they are used interchangeably in all CFA franc (XAF...

Food & Drinks in Cameroon

Food in Cameroon There are many excellent eateries in the area: Bonapriso quarter: Sorento, Bistrot Latin, Peche Mignon, Oriental Garden (Chinese), Alladin (Lebanese), Paradise (nice English bar), Piccolla Venezia (Italian), Ovalie (classy, expensive), Le Bouchon Lyonaise (French), Le BOJ (French), Le CabanonBonanjo quarter: Chez Wou (Chinese), La CigalleAkwa quarter: Le Senat...

History Of Cameroon

The area that is now Cameroon was originally inhabited during the Neolithic period. Groups such as the Baka have been around for the longest time (Pygmies). Bantu migrations into eastern, southern, and central Africa are thought to have begun here about 2,000 years ago. Near AD 500, the Sao...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Cameroon

Stay Safe in Cameroon Violence is uncommon, so be cautious about wearing jewelry or anything else that might set you out from the crowd. If you are unfamiliar with the region, use a cab after dark. Be warned that Boko Haram, a Nigerian jihadist organization, collaborates with other Islamists and Salafists...

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