Physician (Saturday, 2011 August 27)

August 27, 2011

I got a couple questions about music in Cameroon, and the fact is there are a few tracks I’m kind of fond of. To buy music here you can either go to the téléchargeurs, downloaders in town who have large collections of presumably illegal music on their computers, and they’ll burn you a CD of whatever you want. There are also walking vendors that sell CDs of whatever they think will sell. At my latest village marché, I asked one if he had any Nigerian music, which is at least in English. He sold me a VCD with 19 tracks listed (about 7 work), which I just ripped. This is one of my favorite songs in this country, apparently its title is "Qualify Doctor". The chorus goes:

I’m not a qualify doctor
She want me to give her injection
I’m not a qualify physician
She want me to give her injection
This girl di look for my trouble
She want me to give her injection
The guy tell e look for my wahalla
She want me to give her injection

—Polaino, "Qualify Doctor"

Here’s the video track. Uh, be aware it might not be safe for work.

Uploaded: Polaino – Qualify Doctor.mpg (MPEG sequence, v1, system multiplex, 51.0 MiB)

I know you want that bitch on your next mixtape too, so here’s an mp3, complete with the badly-mixed clipping.

Uploaded: Polaino – Qualify Doctor.mp3 (Audio file with ID3 version 2.4.0, extended header, contains: MPEG ADTS, layer III, v1, 128 kbps, 44.1 kHz, Stereo, 4.0 MiB)

Here’s a blog post by already-returned Volunteer Kevin which, among other things, includes a bunch of links to Youtube videos of typical music to hear in Cameroon.

Shout out to all my friends and family in NYC. Hope you’re all safe and dry and the city doesn’t wash away!

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