Cameroo­nian DJ Cyrius Black

When he’s not rock­ing Douala’s nightspots, the young Cameroo­nian goes plan­e­tary with his eclec­tic pod­casts, videos and ra­dio show

The Africa Report - - CONTENTS - In­ter­view by Diane Au­drey Ngako

What are you lis­ten­ing to?

Right now, I’m lis­ten­ing to a lot of old-school hip hop like Dr. Dre, DMX. Also French rap like Secteur Ä, NTM and IAM. I can’t es­cape the trap mu­sic trend. When I want to dance in my car I put on afrobeats.

What’s the best con­cert you have ever been to?

With­out any hes­i­ta­tion, Maître Gims in Yaoundé and Wizkid in Douala. The crowd was alive, peo­ple knew all the words. It was great!

Where are you hang­ing out?

I’m quite a fan of chill­ing with friends. My favourite club is La Canne à Su­cre in Deïdo, Douala.

How would you de­scribe Douala to some­one that has never been?

Hu­mid, vi­brant and fre­netic. This is Cameroon’s main city. Douala is the cross­roads of all cul­tures in our coun­try. There is some charm in the street life and bat­tered in­de­pen­dence ar­chi­tec­ture. Most peo­ple love our food, ndolè, poulet DG, and our nightlife.

Who, liv­ing or dead, would you like to host at a party?

Mac Loïc, Mys­ter, Michael Jack­son, Dr Dre and Spring Break.

A quote that suits you?

Only hard work pays.

What sin­gle night out has been the most mem­o­rable for you as a DJ?

As a DJ I truly en­joy Apero Street in Cameroon and Manu Killer’s party at Sa­fari Club, Yaoundé.

The se­cret to the best party?

Good mu­sic, a good DJ, drink at will and a re­cep­tive, not capri­cious, crowd. Peo­ple who re­ally want to have fun.

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